Celtic Challenge Trophy 2012

The North Wales Dragons are back on home soil after travelling to Scotland to visit our friends the Ayrshire Outsiders. Our team had taken a few last minute twists and turns in the run up to this match, with the loss of a few key players through injuries and work commitments. Thankfully new players, Lewis Worthing, Medwyn Lewis and Mike Ellis were all added to boost the squad.

The first of our visits to the Outsiders home for the Celtic Challenge Trophy took place on June 16th, travelling up in the early hours of the morning on a very cold and wet day, the Dragons were in high spirits. Arriving at the local college athletics arena an hour or so before kick off, the players began to exercise their muscles with a pre match warm up. The team was brought into the changing rooms for the pre match talk taken by manager Chris Roberts. Captain Phil Jackson then gave a speech on what we were here for, yes it was for a game of football, yes it was for a trophy, but most importantly, it was to raise funds and awareness for “Join the fight” Breast Cancer Research. The rain had eased off as we took to the field, kicking off we were quick on the attack with Josh Daniels and Mark Williams proving a tricky strike force to deal with. The team were looking strong but the Outsiders soon saw an opening and broke out an attack and netted their first of what was to become 8 goals.

The Dragons battled on through the onslaught, playing some great football as we were getting closer in the second half. Outsiders Talisman Shaun Gilbert was on fine form as he continued to net the goals, until a straight red was shown to him. The Dragons used this to their advantage and were soon making their way closer and closer to the goal. Mark Williams was brought down in the penalty box in the last few minutes of the match, but failed to net the goal after a brilliant save from keeper Matthew McClymont. The final whistle blew on what was a great match to watch. The Dragons players can hold their heads high, as we played some of the best football, and were very unlucky not to net a few.

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Until next time
Gaz Roberts – Co-Founder – 5