Two losses on the bounce for Dinas Ladies
10:02am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
Dinas Powys 2 Swansea City 3
Ponytpridd 6 Dinas Powys 1
ON October 20, a waterlogged goalmouth at Bryn-a-Don nearly cancelled Dinas’s eagerly awaited game against Swansea City.
However Neil Cordy and Chris Hooper spent an hour with improvised buckets making the pitch playable and the referee deemed the game would be playable.
The sides were evenly matched and the early game was dominated by both midfields battling for the ball. Dinas played a wide game moving play to the wing. Chantelle Chapman and Brooke Howell covered the ground well and supplied ball to forwards Charlotte Bloxham and Lisa Grindley however Dinas were thwarted by a disciplined Swansea defence. The first half showcased some excellent football from both sides and Dinas were unlucky to concede a goal three minutes into extra time in the first half.
Dinas started the stronger side in the second half and Charlotte Bloxham worked hard to get shots on target. She was rewarded in the 57th minute with a curved cross superbly shot into the upper right hand corner of the net. Swansea’s keeper was struggling with a leg injury and was subsequently subbed. A reinvigorated Dinas side kept on pressing and won a corner, taken by Brooke Howell. Chantelle Chapman managed to get on the end of it and poke it into the back of the net to make the score 2-1.
Swansea had their heads down and Dinas could have made it 3-1 with strikes from Rachel Beare (sub for Lisa Grindley) and Chapman. However Swansea attacked on the break and managed to beat the Dinas back four, netting their equaliser in the 82nd minute. This was closely followed by their third in the 86th minute making the final score 2-3.
Dinas were frustrated with their loss however the quality of football boded well for the their next tie with Pontypridd played on Sunday, October 27.
The low pressure ahead of St Jude made for windy and extremely wet conditions at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd. Chris Hooper and Lee Saunders (Dinas Wolves) stood in as assistant managers for Dinas Ladies, a tough job as Ponty were a place above in the table and are a difficult team to play at home.
Pontypridd showed their attacking form early on with a goal in the 16th minute. Dinas replied with a period of pressure play but were unable to break down the Pontypridd defence. The conditions were difficult as the ball didn’t run on and tended to stick in the wet ground making passing play difficult. Pontypridd used an aerial strategy, putting the ball above the Dinas defence, which gave them a second goal in the 31st minute. Hannah Beddoe worked hard in defence and produced a stylish 10-yard slide in the mud as she harried for the ball. The first half ended 2-0 to Pontypridd and conditions worsened in the second as the rain become prolonged and heavy. Pontypridd made their mark on the game in the 50th minute with their third goal but to Dinas’s credit they kept their heads up and were rewarded with a goal from winger Brooke Howell in the 55th minute.
Unfortunately Dinas suffered a number of injuries in the second half with Shazia Zahoor incurring a bruised arm and Lisa Grindley whiplash from a bad fall. They were subbed with Karla Barcoe and Sam Saunders. In addition, winger Chapman was subbed for Laura Lewis.
Dinas couldn’t seem to find their mojo against a physical Pontypridd and were not quick enough to close them down giving them space to play in. Dinas conceded three more goals in the 65th, 70th and 75th minute making the final score 6-1.
Dinas’s next match is on Sunday, November 4, away to Merthyr Tydfil at the Cigg-e stadium.