- AFC Llwydcoed v Dinas Powys - Match Report


Dinas finally got the win that their recent play has deserved.
 
The management team of Lee Saunders and Rob Bloxham shuffled the squad somewhat and it certainly worked with young Mason Ah-Mun having a fine game at left back and the strike partnership of Adam Johns and Myles Case certainly worked well.
 
After an even first few minutes Dinas began to settle well although it was the hosts who had the first half chance when a free kick by Jonathan Mason found Ricky Carter but his effort was well wide.
 
On the 15 minute mark a superb through ball by Nathan Donnelly found Dinas striker Johns who saw the Llwydcoed keeper Andrew Hargreave off his line and clipped a superb lob over him for the opener on 15 minutes.
 
Just 5 minutes later they doubled their tally when a good cross from Luke Swaffield into Johns' path and he ran across the box and again clipped the ball over the despairing Hargreave for his brace.
 
Dinas were on top at this stage and a Nicky Bruce free kick put further pressure on the home side's defence before  Hargreave eventually gathered.
 
At the other end a through ball was latched onto by Luke Spencer but his effort sailed over the visitors' cross bar and a few minutes later a strike by Joe Jenkins was well saved by Dinas' fine keeper James Curtin. The home side kept the pressure up but Curtin and the back four of Sam Adamson, Donnelly, James Curtin and Ah-Mun were well organised and kept their 2 goal lead intact.
 
The visitors should really have gone further ahead when a cross from the right was met with a volley by Ryan Garland from 6 yards but he got underneath it and the ball cleared the bar by some margin and a further chance came when Johns rounded the keeper but his shot rebounded off the right upright into Hargreave's hands.
 
The final act of the first half was another great save by Curtin from Carter when he broke through for a one on one but Curtin blocked his shot with his feet to keep the visitors 2-0 up at the break.
 
The home side started well in the second half forcing a corner which came to nothing. Dinas were then dealt a blow when Nicky Bruce had to leave the field with a foot injury and was replaced by Adam Jones.
 
Johns was proving a real handful and he burst through again but his shot, under pressure was just wide.
 
Llwydcoed were winning several corners but couldn't make them count. Some excellent close control by Myles Case enabled him to play Johns in again but he was adjudged offside.
 
The home side brought on some fresh legs but it was Dinas who had the next chance when a ball across the box reached Garland who hit a sweet shot but it cannoned off the post.
 
With 15 minutes left and the home side pressing hard at times, Dinas brought on Rhys Palmer for Case but the pressure eventually told and a cross from the right was headed home by Mason for to close the gap.
 
Curtin was kept busy for the remaining few minutes, gathering a dangerous looking cross from Mason and making a fine save from Carter.
 
Dinas were determined to keep the lead however and a fine performance by Keiron James in midfield working tirelessly, plus a good all round team performance from the young Dinas squad that listened to the instructions given to them was the catalyst for this deserved win.
 
Dinas squad: 1 James Curtin, 2 Sam Adamson, 3 Mason Ah-Mun, 4 James Bloxham, 5 Nathan Donnelly, 6 Keiron James (c), 7 Luke Swaffield, 8 Myles Case, 9 Adam Johns (2), 10 Ryan Garland, 11 Nicky Bruce, 12 Tomos Edwards, 14 Rhys Palmer, 15 Mamadu Banguraso, 16 Adam Jones.