Dinas progress into first round proper of Welsh Cup
8:20am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Sport
PENRHIWCEIBER RANGERS 1 DINAS POWYS 3
by Peter King, Dinas Powys FC
THE fine form continued for Dinas on Saturday (September 8), with an excellent Welsh Cup win against a strong Penrhiwceiber side who had a lot of possession and kept the visitors' back four busy at times - but it's goals that count and Dinas took their chances well.
Dinas started well and Mark Dunford tested Jonathan Jones who had to dive at full stretch to save his shot. Then, just six minutes into the game, Joe Hinds was bundled over in the box, the referee pointing to the penalty spot without hesitation. Dunford stepped up and sent Jones the wrong way to give Dinas the opener.
Skipper Adam Raymond and Richard Yarr were bossing the midfield in the early stages but Ceiber gradually got into their rhythm and began to get on top. There were corners at both ends but neither were productive.
On the 25 minute mark Ceiber's Seb Haggett put in a hard low cross from the right but no-one could get on the end of it and it went out for a throw-in. Ceiber continued in the ascendancy but Dinas kept their shape well and restricted the hosts to long range efforts, one of which by Dean Brown sailed over the bar.
Just a minute before half time Dinas were awarded a free kick just outside the box, and up stepped specialist Liam Jeremy to curl a shot round the wall, clipping the underside of the cross bar and into the net for 2-0 at the interval.
The visitors dropped striker Joe Hinds back into minfield in the second half to try and win more possession and it worked, but the hosts looked to have pulled one back when a shot came in from the right which took a deflection off a defender - but somehow Damien Lack managed to parry it away and the danger was cleared.
At the other end Robbie Fowler put in a superb cross from the right which was just a foot in front of Dunford's head, which would have been a certain goal had he connected.
Lack was called into action again when Dean Brown hit a hard low shot which looked to be going in but Lack dived to palm it away.
Penrhiwceiber made a substitution and on 25 minutes Brown had a long range effort from 25 yards which was just wide. Dinas had a good chance to extend their lead when left back Mike Lewis made progress down the wing and found Robbie Fowler with a superb cross, but Fowler's header was just wide of the upright.
On 27 minutes, Richard Yarr picked up the ball in midfield, looked up and saw Jones was well off his line and lobbed a perfect shot over the back-pedalling keeper and into the net from around 40 yards for 3-0.
Just three minutes later the hosts pulled one back, Nathan Prodger with his back to goal producing a spectacular bicycle kick into the net, giving Lack no chance.
Dinas then rang the changes with Dunford and Fowler being replaced by James Williams and Keiron Harman. Williams soon got into the game and found Jeremy with a good pass but his shot was just over the bar. Joe Hinds was then replaced for the last 5 minutes by Ben Ah-Mun.
Ceiber had one last attack with a melee around the six yard box but the danger was cleared and the final whistle went with Dinas progressing into the first round proper.
The two sides lock horns again in the league at the Murch in two week's time.
Dinas: 1 Damien Lack, 2 Steve Provis, 3 Chris Hinam, 4 Mike Lewis, 5 Rhys Davies, 6 Adam Raymond(c), 7 Robbie Fowler, 8 Richard Yarr(1), 9 Joe Hinds, 10 Mark Dunford(1), 11 Liam Jeremy(1), 12 Keiron Harman, 14 James Williams, 15 Craig Dale, 16 Ben Ah-Mun.
• On Saturday (September 15) Dinas are in cup action again when the travel to play Monmouth Town in the Nathaniel Car Sales League Cup with a 2pm kick off.