The dod played host to Cadoxton Barry,newly promoted to the South Wales Senior League Division One, for the first round of the Welsh FA Trophy on Saturday.
A wet but humid day greeted the visitors and the conditions made for a very slick surface. This suited both teams with the dod making a strong start in the opening 10 minutes and pressured high up the pitch without forcing a clear-cut chance.
Cadoxton then began to come into the game with good passing and possession of their own. The young dod side showed good maturity and never shirked a challenge. In fact the best aspect of the game from both teams was the sheer commitment in the tackle, aided by the slick surface. The battle continued for the majority of the half until the deadlock was broken at the 35 minute mark. A well refereed incident allowed play to continue after a mistimed tackle on Leroy Smith on the edge of the Cadoxton box. The challenge somehow meant the ball found its way to Johnny Williams who, almost in slow motion, rolled the ball past the visiting keeper from 10 yards out. The goal fired Cadoxton up again and the visitors asserted themselves on the game for the rest of the half. A very good chance was blazed over by the impressive number 10 for Cadoxton, leaving the Blue Army holding their breath.
The second half was started brightly by Cadoxton who may have felt aggrieved to be one down at the break in what was a very even first half. Within ten minutes the Cadoxton number 11, a speedy striker, pounced on a rare defensive error by Michael Watkins, who was again otherwise excellent. The striker tried to lob a seemingly stranded ‘keeper but Llandod’s no1 Wright stood tall and managed to block the effort that looked like a certain goal.
The pattern continued with good pressing play from Cadoxton leading to 2 excellent saves from Wright. However much the visitors tried to score, they must have had the feeling it wasn’t their day. The dod, however, still had good spells in the second half. The best chance fell to Johnny Williams who hit the bar with a header from a good Willy Green cross. A good 5/10 min spell followed by the dod where they could have forced another goal but the goals for both sides were not to come and the dod’s excellent defence, with superb displays from Marco Parry and Aaron Martin saw the game out to a very satisfying cup triumph.
Starting Line Up:
A.Wright, M Parry, A. Martin, M Watkins, G Jones, S Nicholls, R Nicholls, D. Smith, W. Green, L. Smith, J. Williams
Subs: D.Nicholls, H.Lewis, C.Davies, S.Powell