Injury-hit Dinas succumb to late strike
4:55pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
DINAS POWYS 1
PENRHIWCEIBER RANGERS 2
FOR the second successive week, Dinas Powys manager Dave Penikett had to reshuffle his Welsh Soccer League squad due to player unavailability and injuries.
Dinas had the first chance to open the scoring when, after eight minutes, a strong run and good cross by Ben Ah-mun found Dan Owen but his header cleared the crossbar.
However, Dinas achieved the breakthrough on 15 minutes when Carlos Indjai's looping header, after a Dave Penikett free kick, beat 'keeper Kurt Rodgers.
Just three minutes later, Dinas almost repeated the move, with another Penikett free kick headed goalwards by Indjai and, although the ball beat Rodgers, it was cleared off the line by a defender.
The home side's defence was coping well with most of the visiting attacks but a quick Ceiber free kick almost caught them napping and Dinas 'keeper James Curtin bravely smothered the ball at the striker's feet.
Late in the half, good link-up play between Joe Briscombe, Indjai and Ah-mun looked promising but Ah-mun was dispossessed and the attack broke down.
Dinas deserved their half-time lead on chances created, but a succession of injuries in the second half gave the visitors the upper hand.
Five minutes into the half, after a good run, Ah-mun fell awkwardly after a tackle and was replaced by Dimitri Fallas, who soon made an impression, giving the Ceiber defence a hard time with his strong runs.
The visitors drew level when, from a half cleared corner, Seb Haggett found the net through a crowd of players.
Dinas had a half chance when Luke Swaffield got a shot away from a throw-in but his effort went over the bar.
With 15 minutes left, Indjai pulled up injured and had to be replaced by Matthew Tucker and then Briscombe departed, also with a leg injury, to be replaced by Scott Muir. This upset the balance of the Dinas side and it was backs to the wall time. A free kick out wide was headed against the Dinas crossbar and cleared but Ceiber were not to be denied and, after a mix-up in the home defence, Nathan Prodger fired home the late winner.
With two cup games on the horizon, Dinas must quickly put this defeat behind them. On September 7 Dinas entertain Abertillery Bluebirds at the Murch in the first round of Nathaniel Car Sales League Cup.
Dinas squad: James Curtin, James Marr, Chris Brownhill, Dave Penikett, James Bloxham (c), Paul Penikett, Luke Swaffield, Carlos Indjai, Joe Briscombe, Ben Ah-Mun, Dan Owen, Dimitri Fallas, Matthew Tucker, Mike Lazarou and Scott Muir.