Welcome to a new blog by your Dragons.
We have just come back off our first stop on the Dragons tour. We may not have won the tournament, but the players can hold their heads high as results did not match the quality that was displayed.
Match 1 – Sheffield FC v ASD Pro Appio – Sheffield FC were first on to the field to face Italian side ASD Pro Appio while the Dragons and Outsiders changed and warmed up in the backrooms. The fans and staff side of Sheffield FC were first to feel the wrath of the Italians as a quick goal in the opening few minutes was just a taste of what was to come. The Appio pro squad were to quick for the worlds first club and the match ended 4 – 0 to ASD Pro Appio.
Match 2 – North Wales Dragons v Ayrshire Outsiders – The Dragons are no strangers to the Outsiders, we have met before on four separate occasions, and are soon to be meeting them again on June 16th for the Celtic Challenge Trophy. The match was a close contest, the Outsiders scoring past the Dragons by aid of a penalty, and new recruit Josh Daniels opened his account equalizing for the dragons just a few minutes after. The Dragons were unlucky not to get a penalty when Leigh Ward was fouled in the box, but the ref waved it off and the match finished shortly after at 1 – 1.
Match 3 – Shefield FC v Ayrshire Outsiders – The 11 man squad of the Outsiders had no time to rest as the hosts were next. Sheffield FC started brightly with a few attempts at goal but soon fell victim to the Outsiders attacks. A hatrick by Shaun Gilbert and a curling free kick by Ryan Gilbert saw the Outsiders victorious with a 4 – 0 win.
Match 4 – North Wales Dragons v ASD Pro Appio – The Dragons made a few changes to the squad to face the Italians, a more defensive line was needed to keep the very attack minded Pro Appio quiet. The Dragons were doing well until the Italians found a gap and were soon 1 – 0 up and shortly 2 – 0 after a scramble on the line. The Dragons number 11, Steven Roberts was to net the only goal against Pro Appio as he found space at the back post. A serious injury was picked up in this match for the Dragons as Dave Gates landed awkwardly after a clearance and broke his collarbone. We wish to thank all of the staff at Sheffield FC, the physio and paramedics at both Chesterfield and Glan Clwyd Hospital for all of their help in getting Dave back onto the road of recovery.
Match 5 – Ayrshire Outsiders v ASD Pro Appio – The match started off defensively for both teams with little chances of attack. Powerful bursts forward by the Italians were dealt with ease by the Outsiders as the squad stood strong. Tiring legs saw the match end with a closely contested 0 – 0.
Match 6 – North Wales Dragons v Sheffield FC – The last time the Dragons met the match ended in a draw, unfortunately the home team were to become victors in what was a very close contest. The Dragons were coming on strong but a quick break from Sheffield saw them go 1 ahead and soon afterwards a player was deemed to be brought down in the box. The ball placed strongly into the net the Oldest Club in the World forgot all about attack and went into defense mode. The opposition was bombarded with shots but it was not to be as the match finished 2 – 0 to Sheffield.
Thank you once again to Sheffield FC who were brilliant hosts, along with the staff at the Coach and Horses Pub. To ASD Pro Appio and their traveling fans, a brilliant team who we can’t wait to play again. To the Ayrshire Outsiders who are always a great bunch of lads to play against, we shall see you in a months time, and finally thankyou to all of the people who came to the event and donated to the charities we play for.
Until next time
North Wales Dragons Co – Founder
Gaz Roberts – 5