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Celtic Dragons

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London Pulse

Match Details

25th March 2019
Round 11
Sport Wales National Centre
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First home win for Dragons

It was a frantic and scrappy first quarter for both sides at the Sport Wales National Centre as Celtic Dragons took on London Pulse in Round 11.

Dragons, looking to pick up their first home win of 2019 were aiming to replicate their 40 – 67 win at the Copperbox earlier in the season. They started positively, turning over Pulse’s first centre pass and building a solid lead. Dragons were able to force turnovers and extend their first-quarter lead. There was drama as the visitor’s Fionnuala Toner took a crashing fall as she made contact with Stacian Facey but was unscathed.

There was a step change in the second period as Dragons settled down and became the more clinical of the two sides. However, a few flat spots and the visitors were able to creep back into the match, thanks in large part to the vision of the excellent Bea Skingsley. Dragons took their chances well, but Pulse’s Shantal Slater was able to hit the target with far more consistency and this helped them take the quarter by two and set up an intriguing second half.

The match tightened up as the third quarter got underway. Both sides were tidier off their centre pass and this gave Chelsea Lewis the platform she needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Bethan Dyke continued to build on her seasonal re-appearance at wing attack with a solid performance off the bench. Pulse took advantage of some of Dragons’ errors but it was the home team that finished with a flourish, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the final couple of minutes.

In the final period, Dragons were able to turn on the flair and they started to pull away from the visiting side. Late in the game, Stacian picked up a suspension leaving Abby Tyrrell to keep the goal. this allowed Pulse back into the game but it was too late and Dragons took their first home win of the season.

Dragons now face a short turnaround to their next home game: a Round 12 encounter with Severn Stars at 4pm on Saturday 30 March.

Player of the Match: Chelsea Lewis

Celtic Dragons: C Lewis, K McCollin, S Drane, K Jones, N Jones (Capt), D Bolakoro and S Facey. Replacements: B Dyke, A Tyrrell, L Herdman, L Howells and E Nawele.

London Pulse: S Slater, A Neal, R Long, F Toner (Capt), T Cullen, B Skingsley and L Ngwira. Replacements: H de Winton, B Grierson, J Odeogberin, C Semple and O Tchine

13-06 (13-06); 13-15 (26-21); 18-14 (44-35) 18-16 (62-51)