Dinas' cup exit after missed chances
9:01am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
DINAS POWYS 0
ABERTILLERY BLUEBIRDS 1
CONCEDING the vital goal late in extra-time, Dinas Powys paid dearly for not taking their chances in a lacklustre Welsh League Cup game they dominated for long periods.
The hosts were on the attack from the first whistle, forcing two early, unproductive corners, but it wasn't until the 25th minute that they engineered a real scoring chance, with Dave Penikett's free kick being headed wide by Carlos Indjai. A few minutes later Luke Swaffield latched onto a deep cross and beat the Bluebirds' full back but shot wide.
Another chance went begging when, again from a Penikett free kick, Indjai headed across the six-yard box to Dimitri Fallas whose header was straight at 'keeper Tom Indle. And so the pattern went on, with the visitors never really troubling the Dinas defence.
The second period continued in the same vein, with Bloxham and Penikett coping well with any visiting attacks and Dinas having the lion's share of possession.
A mazy run from Indjai looked promising but his shot was blocked and, seizing on the rebound, a second effort was cleared by the busy Bluebirds' defence. A strong run down the left wing by James Marr led to good inter-passing between Fallas and Indjai and a goalmouth scramble but, again, the overworked Bluebirds' defence finally cleared.
With Dinas failing to turn a glut of possession into goals, they brought on Ryan Garland for Dan Owen but the second half finished goalless.
In the first period of extra-time Dinas thought they had scored when Garland connected with a cross from Indjai, with the ball hitting the underside of the crossbar before bouncing clear. Despite pressing hard, Dinas changed round for the final period with nothing to show for their efforts.
Then the inevitable happened to leave Dinas ruing their missed opportunities. Bluebirds got a cross in from the left wing and Lewis Clark headed home at the far post, giving 'keeper James Curtain no chance.
Dinas travel to Treharris Athletic Western on September 14 in a Welsh Cup encounter where they will need to be much sharper in front of goal if they are to progress.
Dinas squad: James Curtain, James Marr, Chris Bramhill, Dave Penikett, James Bloxham (c), Danny Street, Luke Swaffield, Connor Parsons, Dimitri Fallas, Dan Owen, Carlos Indjai, Ryan Garland, Zak Cleary, Mike Lazarou and Anthony Russell.