Match report: Cardiff 1 Steelers 2

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STEELERS added two away points to their quest to keep on the tail of title favourites Nottingham, last night.

They won 2-1 at Cardiff, a rink where they have lost on the last two occasions.

Cardiff are a single place behind Steelers in the Elite League table, starting the night 11 points behind them.

Yet they are fearsome opponents on their own small ice pad, and always come out ready for a war.

Indeed the game was just 79 seconds old when 6ft 6ins English defenceman Robert Quinan put the Welsh ahead.

Four minutes later, fighting penalties were handed out to Steeler Rod Sarich and fellow Canadian Jesse Gimblett.

Devils could have had another, but John DeCaro stopped a penalty shot.

If Devils were quick out of the block, Sheffield matched them in the same way in the second session, Shawn Limpright scoring 63 seconds after the re-start.

It was his fifth goal against Devils this season.

Then at 29.36 Simon Ferguson put the visitors ahead for the first time and ensure a clean 2-0 middle period.

Coach Ryan Finnerty felt adjustments were needed soon in the last session, calling a time out with 16 minutes left. The ship was steadied and Sheffield closed the game down perfectly.

While Matt Stephenson and Shawn Limpright took penalties in the very last minute, Sheffield held on.

A fine victory - considering Sheffield had six players just back from international duty.

Period Scores: 1-0, 0-2, 0-0

Penalty Mins: Car 9+6+0=15, She 11+8+6=25

Powerplay: 0/7, She 0/2

Shots On: Chris Whitley 9+8+5=22, John DeCaro 7+6+11=24

Referee: Dean Smith