Penalty apiece in niggling encounter
11:01am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
ST JOSEPHS 1
CADOXTON BARRY 1
BACK-to-back games are often totally different and produce different results, and Saturday’s South Wales Senior Soccer League clash at St Josephs was a prime example.
Missing was CB's confident, flowing football which had seen them cruise into a 3-0 half-time lead at Bryn-y-Don the previous weekend. Their opponents had ‘won’ the second half in that game and probably felt that the 4-2 result could be reversed. They started full of fire and ambition, but a free-kick conceded after less than a minute set the tone for a game punctuated by a plethora of niggling fouls, dissent, injuries and scrappy play - and six yellow cards. Jake Oaten smashed this first free-kick goalwards, but the home keeper flew across his goal to produce the save of the match; actually, the only save of the match. Each side amassed around a dozen goal attempts without troubling the 'keepers.
What did trouble CB 'keeper Mattie Davie was a heavy knock midway through the first half. The next injury resulted from a stamp on CB eventual man of the match Darrren Baker but he played on as if nothing had happened. The home side had a great chance to take the lead in first-half stoppage time, when a trip in the box gave them a penalty. A post and then Davie’s right hand kept the scoresheet blank.
The opener came from the spot in the first minute of the second half, with James Dawson picking himself off the grass to lash home. The remainder of the match was largely forgettable but a harsh-looking penalty for hands gave St Josephs their goal.
Captain Ross Weekley made a cameo appearace after injury; maybe next week will see other injury victims, Royle and Davies, back in the squad, with 'keeper Davie fully recovered from his battering.
CB are on cup duty this Saturday and will be confident of keeping the unbeaten run going.