Titans Annual 11’s Tournamnet – Venue Clapham, 15th October 2011.
Another early start for the Dragons as we headed to London for the third year to compete in the Titans annual 11-a-side tournament. The weather was unusually warm and sunny for the time of year and with 5 matches of 20 minutes the day was a tiring one. The format of the tournament provided the opportunity for everyone to get a decent amount of football and a chance to try some players in different positions. There were some very accomplished and experienced teams there on the day so we were tested at times and although our performances were mixed we played some good football at times and were unlucky not to come away with a goal or two for our efforts. The squad we took was fairly small but everyone contributed greatly and we played with a good team spirit and togetherness throughout the day. There was a great turnout of players and supporters and there was generally a relaxed and friendly feel to the day.
The first game was a difficult one for us as we had little time to prepare as we were delayed in arriving but it was still a tight game settled by a single goal. In our second game we played eventual winners Manchester and put in a much improved performance and could easily have come away with at least a draw but lost out to goal in the final 5 minutes. The Leftfooters game was a disappointment as we never really got going with our opponents capitalising on their chances with two very well taken goals. We improved again in our next game against Stonewall and could easily have won but both sides suffered from a lack of clinical finishing. We did not end on the best of performances as a strong and pacey Romans side capitalised on errors and tiredness to win comfortably.
Overall a good learning experience for everybody especially for the newer players in the squad who had not experienced a tournament of this format before.
Dragons Squad:- Dave A, Murray H (manager), Anthony R (captain), Jason C, Darrin H, Dave F, Michael W, Tomos R, Ryan M, John A, Simon D, Mark B, Bruno J, Peter (joined us from Falcons for the day)
Cardiff Dragons 0-1 London Titans 2 Brewers
Cardiff Dragons 0-1 Manchester Village
Cardiff Dragons 0-2 Leftfooters
Cardiff Dragons 0-0 Stonewall
Cardiff Dragons 0-4 Romans