Cadoxton Barry run out worthy winners against Penrhiwfer
8:20am Thursday 4th October 2012 in Sport
CADOXTON BARRY 4 PENRHIWFER 1
BEARING in mind the recent weather, the Bryn-Y-Don pitch was in surprisingly good condition - having passed a 10am inspection with flying colours.
CB started the stronger in what was a physical battle from start to finish. Liam Blackmore and James Dawson were in the thick of things in the middle right from the first whistle and gave excellent protection to the back four of Curran, Harvey, Walsh and Adamson.
Kristian Shaw’s late withdrawal through illness saw a CB re-shuffle as Darren Baker slotted into his wide position like a fish to water and Conner Macinery became his usual industrious self down the left.
CB took the lead when a Luke Bjegovic shot was spilled by the Penrhiwfer keeper and Ross Weekley was on hand to tuck away the rebound. The front two were running the visitors' defence ragged and Bjegovic increased the lead with a fine turn and shot in the area.
Penrhiwfer threatened to pull a goal back before the break but the CB defence, marshalled by the ever alert Warner, were eyeing their third clean sheet in succession, and the two goal lead was still in tact at the break.
As CB emerged for the second half they showed no sign of taking their foot off the pedal as Dawson was rewarded for his hard running after first, Weekley and then Bjegovic were denied. However, Dawson made sure that the penalty area game of pinball gained a result as he mopped up the third rebound.
With a three goal cushion Chris Hurn, Ross Matthews and Scott Christoforato were introduced to help see the game out. A fine passing move allowed Macinery space on the left and he unselfishly squared for Darren Baker to apply the finishing touch for CB's fourth.
Penrhiwfer, whose after-match claims were that this was just an off day and that they had fully deserved their start-of-game third spot, did eventually show some of that character as they grabbed a late consolation with a superb volley from outside the box.
But it was too late for the Valley side to raise any momentum for a comeback, and Cadoxton Barry ran out worthy 4-1 winners.
CB: Matthew Warner, Sam Adamson, Adam Harvey, Liam Blackmore, Luke Walsh, Patrick Curran, Conner McInery, Darren Baker, Ross Weekley (C), Luke Bjegovic, James Dawson.
Subs: Chris Hurn, Scott Christoforato, Ross Matthews.