Weekley hat-trick in league victory
5:01pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
CADOXTON BARRY FC 7
MAX UNITED 2
THE finishing of Ross Weekley was badly missed when CB only managed a South Wales Senior Soccer League midweek draw against Llanrumney United but, on Saturday, he played a key role in turning over Max United at Bryn-y-Don.
The Second Division game opened with Hopkins on a solo run from deep but he was dispossessed as he was about to fire. Then Morgan and Hopkins combined to set up Adams but his shot was well over. CB broke through when Scott Williams pounced on a loose ball to net with a blistering shot.
A failure to pass at the crucial moment saw CB squander opportunities and they paid the penalty when 'keeper Harker clattered a Max winger in order to clear a short Bickley pass; a yellow card and a converted penalty was the reward.
Max looked capable of taking the equal scoreline into the break, but a neat exchange of passes between Dawson and Adams saw the former restore the lead.
As in the previous game, CB stepped on the pedal from the start of the second half as an Oaten corner found Weekley stretching out a leg to extend the lead.
Then came the goal of the game as Williams leaped above the crowd to convert an Oaten corner with a blistering header.
Using all his trickery, Morgan embarked on a solo run that ended in success. And anything that Morgan could do, Hopkins decided he could do just as well though it needed a pass from the right to see Weekley finish the move. Then Weekley turned provider to set up Adams, but the 'keeper did tremendously well to save his powerful shot. But it only delayed the hat-trick by a few minutes as a quality pass found him completing the trilogy.
With the game now out of sight, CB frustratingly eased back and Max pounced for the simplest of consolation goals.
Though it’s early days, this result means that, in the space of just a week, CB have moved from bottom of the table up to third - a promotion spot.
CADOXTON BARRY FC 1
THIS WAS always going to be a difficult league match for CB against the highest placed of the three sides relegated from the First Division.
Indeed, considering the manner in which Llanrumney accounted for themselves during the opening stages, it would have been difficult to believe that the second half was going to see them defending wave after wave of home attacks.
The first real opportunity fell to the hosts when a poor goalkeeping clearance offered a chance to Adams who missed the target, with the same player rattling the bar after a long through ball from James Dawson. Then a high ball into the box set up another CB chance, but this time it was well saved by a defender in the box - no penalty awarded.
Just after the half hour mark Bickley contested a high ball just inside the box and the referee adjudged him to have pushed the opposing player. The shot had just too much power for Davie.
CB were beginning to see much more of the ball as half time approached, winning a series of unconverted free kicks.
Whatever manager Adam Harvey said during the break seemed to take immediate effect as the home side stormed forward, with the ‘keeper smothering Oaten’s shot.
This heralded a spell of fairly constant home domination, with Scott Williams, Rhys Hopkins and Dawson instrumental in some sweet, controlled passing play.
CB eventually got what their efforts deserved when a through ball from Dawson found Adams, who just beat the offside trap and provided a quality finish.
It was mainly one-way traffic at this stage as a dangerous Dawson cross was well intercepted by the outstretched arm of a visiting full back - still no penalty - and no-one able to get of a good Hudson cross.
As the clock ticked down, CB won a string of corners, the best of which saw Dawson heading just inches wide.
Credit must go to both sides for an entertaining game. To CB for a super second-half performance and to Llanrumney for their dogged defending.
This Saturday CB 1sts are without a match as they have been awarded a bye through to the second round in the League Cup. The 2nds and 3rds see action, however, with the former visiting St Athan 2nds and the 3rds taking at trip over to the Island where they play Island Marine 2nds at Maslin Park.