Under a bright blue sky, in possible the hottest day of the year so far, we kicked off our Summer league competition (Cardiff Casuals League) with a trip down to Penarth to play Cwrt-y-Vil.
It proved to be a tough opening match for the SANDS team, with a very well organised opposition, who from the off you could tell were used to each others game play.
In t opening stages, Cwrt-y-Vil dominated possession, with SANDS United struggling to keep hold of the ball and have any real attacking opportunities.
It took a while however for the deadlock to be broken, when a good passing move from the home team eventually unlocked a resolute defence to put Cwrt 1 up.
If anything however, this initial set back woke up the SANDS team, with a swift counter attack, found themselves level with a very well taken goal.
And just as conceding has woken SANDS up, so it did Cwrt, who possible having realised that they may not have everything there own was, stepped their play up a gear, and resumed a period of dominance.
Some intricate passing found the SANDS boys chasing shadows at times, leaving them trailing 4-1 at the interval.
The second half continued in a similar vein, and although the SANDS team kept trying as best they could, the found increasingly more difficult to deal with the flowing passing of the opposition.
2 further goals followed for the SANDS team, but a further half dozen for Cwrt-y-Vil, meant the game finished with a scoreline of 10-3 to the home side.
Plenty to work on for the SANDS team, though all remained in good spirits, resolute they will come back in games to come, buoyed by the instances of positivity they were able to draw from their first competitive match.