Cogan Coro bounce back with a win
7:40am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Sport
COGAN CORONATION 3 PENTWYN DYNAMOS 1
WITH players returning from recent commitments, Cogan's South Wales Senior Soccer League side set out with a strong squad and a strong bench and, despite the previous week's loss, spirits were high and this showed from the off.
Cogan were the better side, playing some great football and creating great chances, with the Pentwyn goalkeeper making two stunning saves from Self and Taylor to keep his side in the game; it really felt like it was only a matter of time before Cogan would be in front.
But Pentwyn hadn't read the script and, with the half-time whistle about to blow, they scored from their first attack to shock Cogan and silence a very large home crowd.
However, Cogan still knew the game was there for winning and, applying constant pressure, continued their passing game. They were eventually rewarded with a soft penalty when a shot rebounded off the keeper and on to the Pentwyn full back's arm.
Dan Owen stepped up and buried the spot kick after sending the keeper the wrong way. Stepping up another gear, Cogan were in the lead within minutes as Paul Jones was put through and finished in the bottom corner.
Pentwyn were all over the place by now and, with their frustration building, it was only a matter of time before the referee had to get his cards out, sending a visiting defender off for two yellows and then, within seconds, dismissing a teammate to leave the visitors with nine men and still 25 minutes on the clock.
Fresh Cogan legs were introduced through Jamie Harris, Kieron James and Conner, and it was sub Kieron James who secured another much-needed three points for the Coro with a great dink over the goalkeeper from a tight angle.