A match report and some results from today’s cup games in the Under 14s Cardiff & District Cup.
These results are based on the best information I have to hand. I cannot guarantee their accuracy, so if you notice any mistakes feel free to leave a message by clicking on the ‘Leave a Comment’ link at the bottom of this post to provide an update.
Radyr Rangers 3 v 5 Marlboro Black
It’s the first round of the cup and all teams have high hopes of progressing to the final stages of the competition. Among the teams playing today, Division B Radyr Rangers were no doubt hoping to pull off an upset by beating one of last year’s Division A high-fliers, Marlboro Black.
Radyr may have thought that having lost a number of key players during the close season that Marlboro could be vulnerable. But this is Marlboro and they have a style of playing that makes them one of the toughest teams in the league to beat. They are very composed on the ball, have great discipline and are so good at keeping possession. They will play the ball forwards, sideways and backwards as they work patiently to create openings. And it wasn’t long before they went one up.
While they lacked the fluency and composure of Marlboro, Radyr then dug in and managed to hold the Blacks at bay for some time. In the end, Marlboro’s patience paid off and they got their second. But just when it looked as though it could be the beginning of the end, Radyr pulled one back and the score stood at 2-1 at half-time.
Having pulled a goal back, the Radyr team began to play with more confidence and for significant periods of time pressurised Marlboro. But a poor touch or a wayward pass would see their attacks break down. And the Blacks are nothing if not patient. They stayed calm and got back on top, methodically working the openings and adding three more goals. The game now looked safe.
But football being football and with fifteen minutes to go the Blacks lost their main striker and had used all their substitutes. Radyr now started to play with more purpose. They began to find their touch and make their passes count. They pulled two goals back to make it 5-3. They had punctured a tiring Marlboro’s defence and composure. For a brief moment it looked as though they might have a chance of getting something from the game. But Marlboro settled themselves and locked the game out. The final score: 5-3. .
UNDER 14 CUP – ROUND ONE Saturday, 17 September
AFC WHITCHURCH YC P V P PENTWYN DYNAMO CAEDELYN
AFC RUMNEY JUNIORS 1 V 10 ST ALBANS RUMNEY REC
CARDIFF GRANGE QUINS V DANESCOURT FC MARL (REF: C. HIGNETT)
FAIRWATER JUNIORS V ELY RANGERS TRELAI
GRANGETOWN BC 4 V 0 FC DRAGONS SEVENOAK
GWAELOD RANGERS 2 V 8 LISVANE PANTHERS RED GWAELOD Y GARTH
LISVANE PANTHERS ORANGE V TY CELYN BLACK PONTCANNA
LLANEDEYN BLUEBIRDS 2 V 1 CANTON RANGERS LLANEDEYRN HIGH
MAINDY CORRIES (C DIV) V MARSHFIELD JUNIORS BLACKWEIR
MAINDY CORRIES (A DIV) 10 V 2 AFC BUTETOWN YOUTH TONGWYNLAIS
PENTYRCH RANGERS V CAERAU ELY PARC Y DWRLYN
RADYR RANGERS 3 V 5 MARLBORO SPORTS BLACK CAEDELYN
RHIWBINA FC WHITE V MARLBORO SPORTS WHITE MAESYCOED ROAD
THORNHILL ATHLETIC V AFC LLANEDEYRN COED GLAS SCHOOL
URDD V MARLBORO SPORTS RED TRELAI