The North Wales Dragons first ever football match was against a team of Scottish lads called the Ayrshire Outsiders. It was from this match the Celtic Challenge Trophy was born and has been competed for every year since.
As in 2012, the Dragons would be the travelers North of the border, to Dam Park in Ayr.
The weather was overcast and a few drops did fall, but nothing like last years torrential downpour. The new Gap Personnel sponsored Raging Bull kit had a few people talking and a few passers-by had stopped to take in the match as we kicked off. The team was forced back in the usual Outsiders fashion, a high line defence followed up with an attacking midfield with the Gilbert brothers leading the strike force. The Dragons were holding well and were soon making breaks out of the defence into the attacks from the team in yellow. 20 minutes had passed before the Outsiders netted their first goal. Ten minutes later the second soon reached the back of the net and the Dragons were on the ropes until the whistle blew.
The second half saw a slight change in formation for the Dragons which was more attacking. Shortly after the whistle was blown a free kick was given to the Dragons. Joe making his second appearance for the Dragons put in a swooping cross in which Michael connected a left foot with netting his first goal for the Dragons against his fellow countrymen. The Scots were now the team rocking after attacks from midfield and strikers rained in on the Outsiders keeper. The boys in yellow soon had a break as the keeper was judged to have fouled in the box and a penalty was given. Ryan Gilbert stepped up but was thwarted by the Dragons goalkeeper as he saved the ball from the far left corner. The match raged on and the Dragons were forced to make substitutions after a couple of injuries took place. Around the 75th minute the Outsiders were to have another chance at netting a penalty, this time Shaun Gilbert was to take it and made the keeper go the wrong way as he firmly placed it into the bottom right corner. The Outsiders were now in firm control and with five minutes to go a controversial goal was given as the ball never crossed the line, but would have gone in any way after the follow-up shot rifled the back of the net. The final whistle blew and the Celtic Challenge Trophy was staying in Scotland for another year.
A great match to certainly be proud of, followed by another great night hosted by the Outsiders raising funds for our chosen charities this year. So one question now has to be asked, will we be visiting Scotland again next year or will the Outsiders fancy a trip to the coast of North Wales.
|June 29, 2013||2:00 PM||Celtic Challenge Trophy||2013|
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