Dinas bounce back with goals bonanza
9:01am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
BEATEN 8-3 by the Cardiff Development team, the Dinas Powys women's soccer side bounced back by hitting nine goals without reply against Cascade.
In a very competitive clash with Cardiff, Dinas started well and won a number of corners through effective play between backs and forwards. However, Cardiff upset the run of play with two quick goals in the16th and 17th minutes. Unbowed, Dinas fought back, with Emily Gillard winning and taking a corner from which Charlotte Bloxham scored in the 23rd minute.
Dinas midfielders Jo Jones and Lisa Grindley were enjoying a close battle for possession and, during an exciting spell, both sides found the net.
With the sides well matched, the game was unfolding into an exciting end-to-end clash, but an off the ball incident in the 38th minute altered the balance. Controversially, Dinas striker Gillard was shown a red card for an altercation with a Cardiff defender and, although the fracas was quickly resolved, the referee’s decision seemed slightly one-sided as both players were equally culpable. Gillard now faces a three-match ban. In addition, a red faced Neil Cordy was sent off the touchline for arguing with the referee.
Unfortunately, Dinas never recovered their composure and were unable to compete effectively in the second half when Cardiff scored an additional five goals. Dinas winger Brooke Howell managed a consolation goal in the 75th minute.
Overcoming awful conditions at Penpedairheol, Dinas regained their mojo against Cascade and put on an impressive team performance.
Dinas proved a handful, with wingers Laura Lewis, Howell and Chantelle Chapman (subbed for Lewis) providing plenty of crosses for strikers Rachel Beare (subbed for Sam Saunders) and Bloxham. Bloxham opened the scoring in the ninth minute and added a second in the 24th minute. Teammates Howell and Beare added goals in the 25th and 40th minutes to create a healthy 4-0 advantage for Dinas at half time.
Chapman scored her first goal of the season early in the first half with a well-placed shot across the 'keeper and, although Cascade had a purple patch for the next 15 minutes, they were thwarted by the Dinas defence - Hannah Beddoe (subbed for Karla Barcoe), Shazia Zahoor and Vicky Ellison, ably marshalled by captain Emma Thompson.
Finishing the much stronger side in the final 25 minutes, Dinas added further goals through Bloxham (three) and Howell.
Goalkeeper Hayley Imperato deserves a special mention for keeping Dinas’ first clean sheet this season.