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Surrey Storm

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28th March 2022
Round 10
Sport Wales National Centre
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Clare Jones
Clare Jones Celtic Dragons View profile

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Storm hold on to beat Dragons in dramatic conclusion

Celtic Dragons fell agonisingly short of a second win of the season as Surrey Storm made it three wins in succession. Image: Ben Lumley Photos

Celtic Dragons got the game underway, with Georgia Rowe and Proscovia Peace trading early goals.

Crucial rebounds from Nia Jones in the defensive end and Rowe in the shooting circle helped Dragons open up a three-goal advantage with four minutes gone on the clock.

After their run of goals, Dragons push the ball too far and Surrey Storm take the back line and convert it down the other end.

Storm level the game following a footwork call on Lefébre Rademan but Dragons’ Nia Jones takes an intercept and the goal is converted.

Smooth play from both teams sees the game go goal-for-goal until crucial offensive contacts called against Storm gave Dragons a last-minute surge of goals to draw within one.

Q1: Celtic Dragons 13-14 Surrey Storm

Dragons levelled up early on before a run of turnovers by both teams sees the ball going back and forth ending in Rowe's goal.

After a held ball was called in the Dragons attack end, a huge intercept by Shaquanda Greene-Noel ended with a Dragons goal.

A tip from Kwangwa followed by a Lead Middleton pickup sees Storm take the lead out to three as half-time edge closer.

A burst of energy from Greene-Noel, followed by a Clare Jones intercept with 30 seconds to go, drags the scores back to a 1 goal deficit going into half time.

Half-time: Celtic Dragons 26-27 Surrey Storm

A few changes from both teams saw Clare Jones takes to the bench, with Shona O’Dwyer moving to centre, and Laura Rudland take the wing attack bib.

Storm took the same approach with Mikki Austin taking to the bench, Yasmin Parsons moving to the centre position and Sophia Candappa moving to wing attack.

The Dragons pressure continued with the first centre pass going over the back line for the visitors.

An offensive contact by Peace gave Dragons a penalty which was converted by Rademan as Dragons took a three-goal lead halfway into the third quarter.

Unfortunately we see Kwangwa receive medical attention on court for what looks to be an ankle injury with Grace Sullivan on to replace the Zimbabwe international.

A missed shot by Frankie Wells was rebounded by Greene-Noel followed by a quick transition to attack. A tip by Nia Jones shortly followed as the Dragons shifted the game in their favour to lead by two going into the final 15 minutes.

Q3: Celtic Dragons 40-38 Surrey Storm

Storm brought Austin back on and early intercepts from Leah Middleton and Frankie Wells swung a see-saw contest back Surrey's way and a three-goal advantage.

With neither team able to pull away an offensive contact by Candappa gave Dragons the ball and the opportunity to close within one with just 90 seconds remaining.

As time ebbed away, Storm eked out a two-goal lead that was to prove crucial but only after Dragons fell agonisingly short.

Nia Jones huge interception allowed Rowe to convert and bring the home side within one and on their own centre pass with five seconds on the clock, the ball found it's way to Rowe.

However the Welsh international was called for an offensive contact and Storm had the narrowest of wins.

Lefébre Rademan takes the Player of the Match award after an outstanding game.

Full-time: Celtic Dragons 53-54 Surrey Storm

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