Super Rhoose progress in Welsh Cup
5:01pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
GARDEN VILLAGE 1
RHOOSE FC 2
IN this Welsh Cup clash between the two Welsh Soccer League sides, Rhoose reached the first round proper of this year's competition but will need to be more ruthless if they hope to make further progress.
Following a fairly even first half, Third Division Rhoose dominated proceedings in the second period and wasted great chances to complete a really emphatic victory over the Second Division high flyers.
All in all, though, it was a brilliant display from the Vale side as they look forward to this week's second round draw. Delighted Rhoose head coach Paul Giles said not many teams would be victorious at the Swansea club this season, and added: "However, the margin of victory should have been greater given our overall superiority, particularly in the second half when there were so many goalscoring chances. If we are to progress further, the side will need to learn to kill off sides off when they're so well on top."
In the first half, it was very much a case of the sides sizing each other up, with the Rhoose defence coping well with the threat of pacy home winger Bruno. Indeed, Rhoose left back Mikey Lewis handled the speed merchant with aplomb and 'showed him the line' at every opportunity in order to minimise the danger.
Taking considerable confidence from their first-half display, Rhoose came out all guns blazing in the second period and went two up with brilliant goals within seven minutes of the restart. Starting to dominate, the visitors took the lead through James Dixon, who netted with a pinpoint shot from 18 yards following a goalmouth scramble, and added the second when Nicky Davison headed in at the far post from a cross by Drew Fahiya following some brilliant interplay down the right hand side.
With Garden Village pushing on in an attempt to get back in the game, goalscoring opportunities continued to come thick and fast for Rhoose and the home side’s desperation manifested itself further when their centre back received a red card for a horror tackle on Gareth Powner, the stalwart Rhoose defender.
Although they failed to capitalise on their chances, Rhoose largely kept their nerve until the 85th minute when they conceded a dubious penalty. And then, in a final, nerve wracking seven minutes, Powner cleared off the line following a goalmouth scramble and there were other heartstopping moments for the Rhoose contingent.
Hopefully, the win will provide the side with sufficient confidence to push on and put a run of league results together, and this Saturday (October 19) they entertain Third Division tabletoppers Llanwern at Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30).
Rhoose: Damian Lack, Craig Green, Matthew Philips (capt), Gareth Powner, Mike Lewis, Joseph Hinds, David Stephenson, Jacob Daley, Drew Fahiya, James Dixon, Nicky Davison, Sion Anstee, Marcus Madder, Christian Baldock and Josh Reffell. Coaches: Paul Giles, Steve Hill, Dick Batt and Barry Niblett.