Dinas defeated after lacklustre first-half display
10:01pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Penarth sport
DINAS POWYS 0
A SOMEWHAT lacklustre display in the first half was a major factor in this Macwhirter Welsh Soccer League defeat for Dinas Powys.
With Ammanford on the attack, the wind took the ball out for a goal kick in the early stages and their towering centre half, Rhys Owen, continued after receiving treatment following a heavy tackle.
Although the visitors had a half-chance when Carlos Indjai shot wide after a through ball from Paul Penikett, Ammanford achieved the breakthrough on 15 minutes as Rhys Fisher headed home a cross.
When his side was awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Dinas' recent signing Marc Bonet sent his effort well over the bar. Paul Penikett was pushed forward to try and give the front two more support and Dinas began to get more possession. However, Ammanford's tricky pairing of Rhys Morgan and Chris Hyde linked up well down the right flank and the Dinas defence was kept busy. During another Ammanford attack, the ball was cut back to Alec Squires whose powerful shot was too high to trouble Dinas 'keeper James Curtain.
The visitors were beginning to improve slowly but Ammanford deserved their interval lead.
Dinas showed much more purpose and determination in the second half, bringing on the experienced Danny Street at left back for Victor Arnau. But Ammanford were still dangerous and, when Nicky Bruce was dispossessed, Sam Wilson brought a fine save from Curtain.
Winning the midfield battle time and time again, Dinas began to pin the hosts back in their own half and, when Nicky Bruce found Ben Ahmun, he forced a corner which was cleared. Another flowing move down the left ended when Street found Penikett but his effort was just wide. Indjai was replaced by Ryan Garland and Dinas upped the pressure even more, with a dangerous-looking free kick from Bruce eventually being cleared.
With the visitors unable to get on even terms, Ahmun replaced Dimitri Fallas with 20 minutes remaining and the pressure continued. Following a Bruce corner, Dave Penikett forced Ammanford 'keeper Jamie Rano into tipping the ball over the bar but the resultant corner was cleared.
With seven minutes remaining, a rare Ammanford attack brought their second goal when a good cross from Owen James was netted from six yards by substitute Luke Squires.
Dinas had one further half chance, with Dave Penikett firing wide after another Bruce corner, and the visitors knew that, if they had shown as much commitment in the first half as they had done after the interval, then the outcome might have been different.
Dinas entertain Caerau on November 2 when kick-off times revert to 2pm.
Dinas squad: James Curtain, Nicky Bruce, Victor Arnau, Dave Penikett, James Bloxham, Paul Penikett, Marc Bonet, James Marr (capt), Carlos Indjai, Ben Ahmun, Connor Parsons, Danny Street, Ryan Garland, Dimitri Fallas.