Lido lose out in the Welsh Cup

Once again we have fallen victim to a lower league team in the Welsh Cup. We again missed a host of chances and paid the penalty with the home side scoring the winner with 8 minutes to go following some slack defending. There was an early chance for the Lido, Jordan Pike floated in a cross which evaded the outstretched boot of Liam Griffiths but found Ioan Evans at the back post and his shot was charged down by Matthews in the Dinas Powys goal.  Lido quickly created another chance when Griffiths flicked the ball out wide to Webber. His low cross found the feet of Ioan Evans but he can’t get the ball from underneath his feet and his eventual shot squirmed into the hands of Matthews. Out of nothing Dinas scored, a ball over the top and Boulaiche was in on goal. With his first shot he could only find the outstretched arms of Cirotto but the rebound fell back into his path and he calmly slotted it home. Lido nearly pulled it back straight away, Jordan Edwards beat his man to curl a low shot goalwards and it only missed the far post by inches. Lido had the lion’s share of the chances but a breakaway goal by Dinas Powys is the difference at the break. Lido needed a goal early in the second half and this they got on 48 minutes through Rory Healey who signed on loan from Briton Ferry before the transfer window closed. 4 minutes later Lido created another chance as  Edwards curled a long range effort towards goal forcing Matthews to tip it behind. On the hour Cai Owens went down with a head injury and after a lengthy break in play he tried to continue but was forced off with Matthew Andrews taking his place. With twenty minutes remaining the game had evened up and some of the intensity had been lost since the injury break. Lido’s early dominance of the half has been countered by some gritty and resolute play by Dinas Powys. The next goal could be the winner. Jordan Edwards took advantage of a ricochet to power through on goal, unleashing a shot from a tight angle forcing Matthews into a great save. The goal on 82 minutes when it came was as a result of some calamitous defending. The ball was played into the Lido area but for some reason no-one took control to head the ball clear and it fell to Shields who shot from the edge of the box giving Cirotto no chance. Dinas Powys played out the remaining minutes without any real scares while the Lido will rue some missed chances and lacklustre play.