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Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:40

Libs sound a warning

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WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST: Lawrenny Avenue, sunny intervals.
CANTON LIBERAL 8 CADOXTON BARRY 1 (South Wales Alliance League, Division One)
Thankfully, a brief improvement in the wet August weather means that taking in a midweek game isn't out of the question, and there's an interesting match nearby in the new Alliance League: the two clubs who won the Second Divisions of the South Wales Amateur and South Wales Senior Leagues are meeting at Canton Liberals' ground adjacent to the Cardiff Athletics Stadium, both having been placed in Division One (the middle section) of the new league.

The local train gets me to Ninian Park Halt in less than half an hour, from where it's a five minute walk west towards the Stadium. The Libs' railed pitch is to the right of the entrance road, and the match is just kicking off as I turn the corner. The light is good - brighter than at times during the day - and the pitch appears OK despite the amount of rain we've seen, although some of the surrounding grass areas have standing water.

Initially, Cadoxton Barry, in green, seem to be having more of the ball. A few early attacks on the Libs' goal come to nought, and after about ten minutes the home side begin to assert themselves. A spell of pressure brings a headed goal from a corner, then a few minutes later the same player, Christopher Quick rounds the keeper to score again. He's causing all sorts of problems for the Cadoxton Barry defence, and in the 30th minute his hat-trick is complete with a low shot after he's again got on the end of a through ball. Another five minutes, another goal, Quick again steering a long-range shot inside the post, and he's matched his four-goal haul in an FAW Trophy game ten days ago. He almost makes it five in the first half, hitting a post in the final minute, but at the break the 4-0 lead looks unassailable.

Cadoxton Barry start the second period brightly, Ross Weakley pulling a goal back. Can this be their half? If they could get another goal, maybe, but it doesn't happen and when Canton make it 5-1 it's just a question of how many they'll win by. They never ease up (and Cadoxton Barry never give up either) and the game doesn't peter out at this stage as it might. In the end Canton add three more, Quick ending with six goals, a double-hat-trick, and sending a clear warning to the rest of this division. For the visitors, at least they've probably got their toughest game of the season out of the way.

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