DINAS POWYS 0
AFC LLWYDCOED 3
DESPITE the scoreline in Saturday's Welsh Soccer League clash, there were some positives for Dinas Powys and, in an entertaining clash, the main difference was that the visitors were stronger on the ball and their movement up front created the chances.
Dinas, in fact, made the brighter start, with Carlos Indjai making progress and lobbing both full back and goalkeeper Ryan Griffiths before a defender cleared the ball close to the goal-line. Following further good work by Indjai, his cross fell to Luke Swaffield who was adjudged to have fouled Griffiths in his attempt to get a shot away.
However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring, with Carl Jenkins beating Dinas 'keeper James Curtin with a fine 10th minute shot.
Some good one touch passing between Marc Bonet and Indjai led to the latter getting in a shot which was wide of the upright and a Nicky Bruce free kick evaded both attackers and defenders and bounced through to a surprised Griffiths who gathered at the second attempt. Following a through ball from Bruce, which was only half cleared, Joe Briscombe volleyed wide.
Llwydcoed were looking dangerous on the break, with the powerful Jonathan Mason bursting through the middle but his shot was weak and Curtin gathered. Jarrod Price, Chris Vardon and Tomos Morris then combined well, with the latter shooting just wide.
After Curtin saved well following a powerful shot from Mason, the visitors upped the pressure and, from a corner, Luke Davies clipped the top of the crossbar with a header and Curtin was in action again to deny Vardon with another good save.
Just before the interval, the visitors added a second when Price found Vardon who slotted home from six yards.
Bringing on James Marr at centre-half in place of Victor Arnau at the beginning of the second half, Dinas forced an early corner, which was wasted, and the visitors again began to get on top, with Mason feeding Morris and his shot sailing over.
Dinas made further changes, with Ryan Garland and Tony Herrin replacing Bonet and Briscombe, and another good run and cross by Indjai looked promising but the visiting defence stood strong. Herrin got a shot on target for Dinas but it hit one of his own players in a crowded six-yard box before being cleared.
A Bruce free kick produced a game of head tennis before being claimed by Griffiths, but the visitors retained the upper hand and added their third goal with a couple of minutes remaining, when Price powered through the middle to beat Curtin from15 yards.
Dinas are away to Croesyceiliog this Saturday, April 5, with a 2.30pm kick off.
Dinas squad: James Curtin, Steve Provis, Nicky Bruce, Victor Arnau, James Bloxham (c), Connor Parsons, Luke Swaffield, Marc Bonet, Dimitri Fallas, Joseph Briscombe, Carlos Indjai, Ryan Garland, James Marr and Anthony Herrin.