Due to the restrictions on grassroots sports being lifted, following government and FAW guidelines. We’re hopefully going to be able to resume football training at the end of the month.

More details will become available soon.

Picture of he rainbow flag and a pair of football boots
Picture of he rainbow flag and a pair of football boots

Upcoming Fixtures

25/02/20 – Cardiff Met Staff at Cyncoed Campus in Cardiff at 6:30. This is our annual Football vs Homophobia match.

29/02/20 – GFSN league London Titans. Home match, 2:00pm KO

14/03/20 – First leg GFSN league play offs. Home match, 2:00pm KO

22/03/20 – Friendly against Devon Lions FC. 2:00pm KO in Devon

28/03/20 – Yorkshire Terriers tournament. All day event in Leeds.

04/04/20 – 2nd leg GFSN league play off. Time and location to be confirmed.

19/04/20 – Friendly against Devon Lions FC. Home match, 2:00pm KO

And a couple of friendlies to be confirmed (waiting for the whole GFSN league calendar). See all up to date on TeamApp

Copa Lucrecia Tournament

Dragons Score for Nicaragua in Copa Lucrecia

Women’s 5-a-side, Ashton Park, Bristol

22nd May 2016

Fresh from their Parisian adventures, Cardiff Dragons women showed the benefit of their experience with a strong display in the Copa Lucrecia.

This annual tournament in aid of social, educational and healthcare projects in Nicaragua—played out amid Latin American music and freshly-cooked spicy treats in the beautiful, chilled-out atmosphere of Bristol’s Ashton Park—is becoming an attractive regular fixture for the Dragons, and the ladies certainly did the club proud on this occasion, winning their first three fixtures and hitting the net in every game.

Drocks (2)

Debut competitive goals for Leanne and Laia complemented another impressive haul of nine from Charlotte, including two hat-tricks. The defeat of Casual League sparring-partners Easton Cowgirls—one of a pair of clean-sheets for Megan R in goal—was particularly satisfactory, and a victory in their final group game would have seen the ladies through to the knockout stages.  Unfortunately, their opponents were a team from Bristol City academy, who only just showed too much nous in a creditable 2-1 defeat for the Dragons. Nevertheless, the team spirit, continued growth in confidence and technical progress, and of course the enthusiastic singing from the touchlines had everyone involved looking forward to next season’s Casual League in eager anticipation.

Congratulations to Charlotte on winning the Dragon of the Day vote, and thanks to Muzz, Anthony, Darrin, Sandy, Donna, and Aris for their support, and to Ryan for management and lyrics.

Drocks (1)

Cardiff Dragons: Anna, Bethan, Charlotte, Ewa, Hennie, Laia, Leanne, Megan R, Shona.

Results: CARDIFF DRAGONS 5  Randoms 0; CARDIFF DRAGONS 3  Misfits B 1; CARDIFF DRAGONS 1  Easton Cowgirls 0; CARDIFF DRAGONS 1  Winchester Women 2; CARDIFF DRAGONS 1  Bristol City 2

Scorers: Charlotte (9), Leanne, Laia.

Cardiff Dragons 1 – 2 Grange Celts

Match report

University Fields, Llanrumney, Men’s 11-a-side Lazarou League Cup

24th April 2016

Only a late breakaway winner denied the Dragons the chance of a massive Cup upset after outplaying their Premier Division opponents for much of this tie.

Four Lazarou League tiers separated the two teams, but it was clear from the outset that the Dragons were in no way intimidated. In fact, they soon began to boss the game from back to front, consolidating a strong base with some very calm, accurate and progressive passing from all four defenders and moving the ball smoothly through a dominant midfield—knitted together by the powerful focus of Craig—to create the most potent early threats on goal.  It was rough justice then when the Celts took the lead on their first foray forward, seizing on a rare loose moment to strike from inside the area.  But the Dragons soon recovered their shape, rhythm and composure, Zak’s athletic interpretation of the holding role unleashing skills and movement from George, Emyr, Mehdi and Christian (prematurely replaced by Adam following a clash of heads) which repeatedly tore through the opposition.  Only the finishing touch was lacking, though Emyr, George, Mehdi and Craig all had presentable opportunities before the break.

The second half saw a switch of wingers and a tactical reshuffle, and as the impetus grew, George headed firmly just over the bar from one of several corners. The Dragons were first to every ball against their tiring rivals, whose only response was to hack at the superior Red midfielders with a series of cynical fouls.  Not content with watching the likes of George, Emyr and Fudge run rings round the Celts, Chris and Stefan both enjoyed mazy excursions into enemy territory; but it was George himself whose dance through a desperate defence brought the deserved equaliser with ten minutes remaining.  The Dragons continued to press for the winner at the risk of exposing themselves to the direct counter, and unfortunately the Premier League side capitalised in the dying minutes, cutting in from the left to find the winner from an acute angle.  Even in the little time remaining, an excellent move culminated in Emyr manufacturing one last hope of extra time following a fine run, but his low centre was turned narrowly wide.

Despite the result this was a performance of great maturity, with all the elements—strength, pattern, confidence and composure on the ball, intelligent movement, energy, unity of purpose and determination—of a very promising football team in the making. Congratulations to the squad for a collective Dragon of the Day award, thanks to a host of supporters (some of whom stayed up specially to attend!) and a massive pat on the back to Anthony for his astute work from the dugout.

Dragons scorer: George 55

HT 0-1

Cardiff Dragons: Ryan B; Neil (Ryan M), Chris, Fudge, Stefan; Zak, George, Emyr (C), Christian (Adam), Mehdi; Craig (Muzz).

Cardiff Dragons 1 – 5 Village Manchester

Match report

Mixed Gender 11-a-side GFSN League

University Fields, Llanrumney, 23rd April 2016

GFSN Vs Village Manchester

A strong mixed squad gave one of the iconic clubs of LGBT football a real scare before finally yielding.

In the final GFSN League fixture of the season, the Dragons maintained the progression of recent displays to produce perhaps their most cohesive performance yet. The return of Muzz and Emyr—both absent from the Yorkshire defeat—added increased competitiveness and creativity respectively, and the two combined after ten minutes to produce a shock lead.  After a foul on Harriet just outside the box, the captain surprised Village with an intentionally (hmmm…) scuffed effort, which Muzz seized upon to stroke in from close range.  With John and Fudge in impassable mood, Hennie having her best game yet and Harriet, Darrin, Meg H and Emyr covering acres of ground to limit midfield space, the Dragons held their advantage with commitment and determination, always looking to pounce on the counter through the varied options of Ruth and Charlotte.  Ryan M’s goalkeeping sequel seemed on the way to matching the rave reviews of his previous heroics in London, until a Manchester corner was met by a powerful header which his and Darrin’s combined efforts could not prevent crossing the goal line.

With Jason, Meg R, Beth and Jerry introduced, Village pressed for the lead during the period of readjustment; but despite their increased possession and a string of corners they found the fresh batch of Dragons as obdurate as their predecessors, and the teams entered the break on level terms.

Forced into a tactical rethink and even a change of keeper, Manchester explored every avenue to find a way through, and were rewarded early in the second half with a well-taken goal. Despite another reshuffle—the introduction of Liam in particular adding menace to the Dragons attacking efforts—the visitors extended their lead when a ball deliberately bounced directly onto Meg R’s hand, which for some reason was considered a penalty offence!  It was tough on Meg, who had a storming game at full-back, and on the team, who fought all the way through an open and lively second half, their best chance narrowly evading Ruth after a run from Liam.

Two late goals put a flattering gloss on the result for the away side, but they were ultimately worthy winners and sporting opponents, who joined the Dragons for post-match food, live football and later on a very civilised and sophisticated soiree in the City centre, where a little drink was taken.

Muzz and Emyr shared the Dragon of the Day vote from nine nominations, illustrating the depth of the performance. The GFSN squad continue to grow in belief and experience, and there are very encouraging signals as we look to build on this year’s tough initiation next season.  Well done to Anthony on deploying his resources so skilfully, and thanks to Amos, Sue, Rhys, Cara, Donna, Little Dragon Alex and anyone I may have forgotten for coming to support, and to Craig for the whistling.

As a summary of the league this season, the results may not look the best on paper but our journey has been about so much more than that. We have revisited the drawing board, opened up the team selection, had lots of players making their debuts and have had more female players in the GFSN this season than ever before in Dragons history. Players have gained so much invaluable game time, development & experience. There’s no doubt it’s a fantastic foundation to build on for next season.

Dragons scorer: Muzz

HT 1-1

Cardiff Dragons: Bethan, Charlotte, Darrin, Emyr (C), Fudge, Harriet, Hennie, Jason, Jerry, John A, Liam, Meg H, Meg R, Muzz, Ruth, Ryan M.

IMG_2470Cardiff Dragons V Mersey Marauders GFSN 2015