Training paying off for confident Dinas

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DINAS POWYS LADIES 6

CASCADE LADIES 2

DESPITE having played just a few games recently because of the poor weather, the Dinas Powys women's soccer side were soon on the offensive in Sunday's home clash with Cascade.

With the pitch in great condition and the sun shining, Dinas quickly showed the benefits of training sessions which have focused on playing out from the back and being confident in players' ability to maintain tempo at all times.

The Vale side were prepared to press high and pin the visitors in their half for the opening 20 minutes and chances started coming thick and fast, with Murray and Grindley guilty of missing a few golden opportunities.

The Dinas girls really pushed their full backs high to create plenty of options when in possession and, when Beddoe fed Lewis, it was the latter who gave Murray a simple opening goal.

Intent on scoring more, Dinas moved through the gears and further goals from Murray, Lewis and Grindley (two) gave them a comfortable 5-0 half-time lead. Jones and Saunders gave the home side a solid platform to work off as they moved the ball wide to pacey wingers Lewis and Gillard.

In the second half, the home side introduced fresh legs in Beare and 'old head' Jones. Again the system stayed the same and the football followed. Brooke then replaced the impressive Gillard on the left wing to torment the right back.

Cascade scored from a cracking free kick 10 minutes into the half, with 'keeper Barcoe given no chance, before Beare restored the five-goal cushion.

Dinas continued to play short passes all over the park, with Beddoe, Ellison, Bloxham and Thompson again looking to get on the ball. Indeed, goal kicks were never thumped long and Dinas' confidence in playing out from the back shows just how much the team has developed in such a short space of time.

Cascade doubled their goal tally with a looping shot.

For the final 15 minutes, Dinas, after losing skipper Thompson to a bad knock, played with 10 players but were still dominant. Jones slotted in at centre half alongside the ever-improving Bloxham.

The message from coaches Neil, Steve and Lee is: "Keep it going ladies. All the training and hard work is certainly paying off as you continue to impress."

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