Dinas Powys Ladies FC v Hafod Ladies FC - Sunday September 1 (home match)
9:01am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Penarth sport
FOLLOWING an impressive three wins in their pre-season friendlies, Dinas Powys Ladies FC were fired up for their first League game at home to Hafod Ladies FC.
The team has been strengthened over the summer with a programme of fitness training and additional signings which has increased the squad to 18 players.
The first half showcased Dinas' discipline and structure as they controlled the midfield and provided ball for strikers Lisa Grindley and Charlotte Bloxham. This early pressure earned a goal for Dinas as Bloxham buried the ball in the top corner from inside the box. Dinas could easily have had another two or three goals, however the first half ended 1-0.
In the second half, Hafod came out attacking, Dinas' defence, led by captain, Emma "Bridgey" Thompson, were solid as a back four and keeper Hayley Imperato made the right calls and decisions to maintain a clean sheet. In reply, Dinas midfielders Jo Jones and Nao Yahada increased the pressure and proved a handful for the Hafod defence, running through them to make ground and getting the ball out to the wingers. This period of "power play" led to a glut of chances for the strikers which were converted by Emily Gillard (sub for Grindley) and Bloxham, who scored an additional three goals.
Final Score 5-0 to Dinas Powys Ladies FC. Man of the Match was Charlotte Bloxham.
Goals: Charlotte Bloxham 4, Emily Gillard 1.