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Results W/E 16th February 2020

Whilst it may have been fierce for the rest of the UK “Storm Dennis” was more like “Wet Dismal Dennis” for West London. Almost constant drizzle and rain lead to waterlogged pitches and another weekend of reading improving books rather than thumping goals into opposition nets:

All matches were called off

Results W/E 9th February 2020

The wind and rain came between football and the Dragons on the Sunday:

The Firsts beat Sporting Hackney 1-0 at home. The Dragons started well, scoring at their first attempt and three minutes later they could have been 2-0 up but missed an empty goal from 5 yards. The Dragons continued to control the match until five minutes from half time they conceded a penalty and had to rely on their goalie to make a fantastic save. The second half was rather a nervy affair but the Dragons held on to gain another 3 points.

The Reserves had no match scheduled and all the Boys junior matches were all called off due to the storm.

The U14 Girls lost against Whetstone Wanderers Wildcats at home. In the first half both teams struggled to play good football – it looked it would end 0-0 but with 7 mins left the ball broke to the Wildcats and their speculative shot smashed the crossbar before agonisingly bouncing just over the line. Within a minute of the restart the Dragons conceded a devatating and unlucky second goal. The Wildcats grew in confidence but 16 mins later the Dragons scored from a free-kick with the ball delightfully floating over the keeper. The match was back on but the Dragons experienced heartbreak, yet again, with the Wildcats getting their third goal from a looping attempt from the halfway line before defending well to the end.

The U12 Girls lost against Broomwood FC away. The Dragons attacked from the start and eventually scored from great passing and team work. Broomwood then equalised put the Dragons off their game and at half time they were 1-2 down. The ensuing half time talk seemed to perk the Dragons up but it was not to be their winning day.

The U11 Girls lost to Hanwell at home as they enjoyed centre stage billing on the main pitch for the first time this year. The Dragons struck first, taking an early 1-0 lead in front of a boisterous home crowd. The Dragons then conceded three goals over the course of the next hour, but arguably played some of their best football of the season.

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 2nd February 2020

The sunlit uplands of spring cannot be far away but in the meantime we squelch in the mud – or stay tucked up in bed as the case may be:

The Firsts beat Victoria FC 3-1 away in a magnificent display. The first half was tight leaving it 0-0 at the break. The Dragons scored early in the second half before drawing ahead to 3-0. Victoria made a huge last effort to get back into the game and managed a consolation goal 3 minutes before the final whistle. This was a great performance by the Dragons who had not beaten Victoria before.

The Reserves showed huge character to draw 3-3 with Centenary Park at home. The Dragons were a depleted side as they faced Centenary who assumed an easy win. The longer the game went on the more frustrated Centenary became and then in almost the last seconds a Dragon found himself in front of Centenary’s goal with the goalie wallowing horizontally in the mud – glory was in sight – but, rather than passing the ball into the open net, he achieved the more difficult task of hitting the cross bar to leave it 3-3. Whilst the draw was a magnificent achievement some would have preferred a win.

The U17 Reds match at home v St Josephs was called off as the LCS pitch was waterlogged

The U17 Whites match v Belmont at home was called off as the LCS pitch was waterlogged

The U16s had no match

The U14 Girls beat Sporting Duet Lionesses 1-0 at home. The Dragons continue to improve as they had previously been beaten by the Lionesses 2-7 and 2-4. This was an evenly matched encounter with much of the play in midfield with the Dragons missing a couple of chances. With 12 minutes left of the first half the Lionesses’ keeper rolled the ball to her defender who fumbled to give the Dragons their opportunity to make it 1-0. The Lionesses then tried their hardest, but they could not break through the Dragons defence and had to depart for home leaving the Dragons triumphant.

The U14 Boys League Trophy match v London Tigers away was called off because on arrival the Tigers confessed to not having a pitch – a vital requirement one would have thought.

The U14 Boys had the previous week beaten higher placed Football Samurai in the same Cup. A defensive minded first half had ended in a scoreless draw. The Dragons had then struck first by putting away a sloppy clearance from a corner. This was followed by a goal of the season ….. a beautiful corner finished with a clinical header. As the Manager said, such was the quality that “It was like watching Sky sports on a Sunday afternoon”. After letting in a goal to fray the Dragons nerves, they executed some intricate passing in the box allowing a final strike to gain a solid 3 – 1 away victory.

The U13 Boys lost against TFA United Bushey away. On a busy morning of ups and down spent trying to find the pitch the Dragons eventually managed to get down to business. The first half was all Kensington Dragons with the majority of the ball being played in Bushey’s half who nevertheless scored with their first chance. The second half was less successful.

The U12 Boys lost against Chiswick Medonians at home. The fixture got off to less than an ideal start with the late news that the Dragons goalie had squashed his fingers in a slamming door. The Dragons played well in parts but not so in others, seemingly forgetting that it only takes a second to score. Chiswick had not forgotten.

The U12 Girls League Cup match v Omnia Youth was called off as Omnia could not raise a side.

The U11 Boys lost against Princess Park at home. This was a better performance from the Dragons who played well in the first half and then, less usually, carried on playing well for much of the second half but not alas for all. The team is now playing reasonable football for three quarters of a match which, whilst an improvement, is not enough.

The U11 Girls match v Vicky Park Rangers in the League Cup at home was called off as the pitch was waterlogged.

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 26th January 2020

With spring around the corner there were fewer matches scheduled:

The U11 Girls Played Vicky Park Rangers at home. The muddy, sticky pitch suited neither side with the Dragons more than most looking forward to the warmth of spring and a dry pitch.

The U11 Boys lost away to St Josephs Red. The Dragons repeated the pattern of the previous week – they played well in the first half to come back from a goal down with a surge from early substitutions. The second half was less good. The team will claw its way to victory when it learns football is a game of two halves.

The U12 Boys played a friendly against Wealdstone. This was a most pleasant, worthwhile affair with both sides using the opportunity to experiment whilst sharing the refereeing duties over three 20-minute sessions.

The U12 Girls beat Alexandra Park Youth 2-1 away. Despite having a bare squad and no goalkeeper the Dragons approached the game in fighting spirit. The first half was evenly matched leaving the score 0-1 to Alexandra at the break. The Dragons then dug deep and raised their game to score their first goal. The Dragons kept going and were awarded a second fantastic goal, created from excellent, determined teamwork, giving them a well-deserved win.

The U13s had no match.

The U14 Girls drew magnificently 1-1 with top of the table Ruislip Rangers at home. The teams had met last week with Rangers winning 6-0. With a full team, but no substitutes, the Dragons were determined to do better. It was end to end scoreless action until the Dragons conceded an unlucky opening goal with 10 minutes to go in the half. Back on the pitch both sides defended and attacked before, with 13 minutes left on the clock, the Dragons scored from a scramble in Ruislip’s box with the ball trickling into the bottom right of the Ranger’s goal. The Dragons were in the game! The final minutes were heart-stopping with the Dragons awarded a penalty in the final seconds. An historic victory was in sight but disaster – the penalty struck the crossbar and the ball was cleared away. The heart-destroying penalty miss was caught on camera and the footage showed a Ruislip defender had cleared the ball with her hand…VAR would have given the Dragons the win. Such is a footballer’s life.

The U14 Boys no game

The U16s had no match

The U17 Whites just lost 2-3 to Joseph’s away. This was always going to be a tough for the Dragons with their full backs and centre half missing but they made it even harder for themselves. There were some good individual performances and a really good goal, but overall the Dragons let themselves down. The match was winnable, but they didn’t capitalise on their chances.

The U17 Reds were magnanimous is waiting 2 hours to play West Drayton when they could have claimed the 3 points – Drayton had told the Dragons the wrong KO time. After a slow start and conceding the Dragons regained their composure and played better for the rest of the half. A second goal early in the second killed the game which came to a disappointing end

The Firsts lost to Hilltop away. The Dragons were without a recognised goalkeeper which hampered their performance. After 15 minutes they were 0-2 down after long distance shots and then they conceded again. The second half was much better. Dragons woke up, scored and played good football despite the difficulties.

The Reserves match was called off

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 19th January 2020

Many matches were called off due to waterlogged pitches – but not that of the victorious U11 Girls!

The U11 Girls beat Islington Borough 5-2 away. The Dragons recorded their first win of the season as they took an early lead which proved to be insurmountable. Two Dragons scored their first goals (one had a hat trick!). For the first time this season, the team did not concede a goal in the first half. They worked well together and applied much of what they had learnt in recent practice sessions.

The U11 Boys beat Acton Ealing Whistlers at home in the first half but lost in the second. Despite the Whistlers having been undefeated up to Christmas the Dragons were undeterred as they played exceptionally well to lead 3-1 at the break. The second half was less successful as they were eventually undone by one Whistler player who, at the tender age of 10, could kick the ball from his penalty area to that of the Dragons. A great help if you are trying to score goals – which the Whistlers duly did.

The U12 Boys will be awarded 3 points as London Eagles defaulted as they could not raise a side. Dear O Dear!

The U12 Girls decisively beat Hampton Rangers 4-1 away in the Cup. On a cold, but sunny, Saturday morning the Dragons played a great game of football to score early from precise passing. Overcoming their tendency to relax the Dragons scored again to lead 2-1 at the break. The Dragons came back out supercharged to score yet again and then again for a fourth goal. As always, they showed great team spirit.

The U13 Boys walloped Harrow United 6-2 away. Despite being rusty after a month off the Dragons dominated the first half to make it 3 – 1 at the break. The 2nd half started with Harrow dominating to be rewarded with a goal. Complacency did creep in and it showed. With some extra drive however from the Dragons bench they grabbed another 3 goals to end the game 6 – 2. To quote the effervescent Manager “Wasn’t the best from the boys but they’re raring to go again!”

The U14 Girls lost at home to league leaders Ruislip Rangers in the Cup. The Dragons got off to a terrible start conceding in the first minute. Unluckily, the Dragons were then denied a penalty as the referee deemed a tackle in the box to be fair. Ruislip started to dominate as they threatened with deadly attacks. The Dragons were just too open at the back allowing Ruislip to score four more goals. They struggled to get hold of the game despite an inspiring team talk. There were however positives to take from the match but one would need reminding of what they were.

The U14 Boys League Trophy Group match v Brunswick was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U16s away match v Brentham was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U17 Reds lost 1 – 2 at home to West Drayton in their first league defeat. The Dragons had not played since early December which was not a great preparation for this top of the table clash. Both sides created little until Drayton broke the deadlock after confusion from a corner. The Dragons equalised soon after from a penalty, but failed to push forward in the second half, and then conceded from a set piece. Half chances were not converted by the Dragons. The teams meet again next week.

The U17 Reds match v Eagles was called off as the Eagles are suspended.

The Firsts match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The Reserves match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 12th January 2020

For whatever reason, some opposition teams defaulted to reduce the fixtures which were actually played:

The Firsts drew 0-0 with League leaders London Samurai away before losing on penalties in the Middlesex Cup Quarter Final. This was a fantastic team performance from the Dragons which made for an exciting match. They controlled the game to create three one on ones with Samurai’s goalie but alas none were slotted home. The Dragons then scored from a free kick only for it to be disallowed by the referee. Samurai had only one shot on goal in the entire game as they simply could not cope with the Dragons. At the final whistle it remained 0-0 and it was on to penalties which did not go as well as Dragons everywhere would have hoped.

The Reserves lost 0-3 to Wiseman West at home. The Dragons were hampered by a small squad and conceded 3 goals in the first half. A spirited second half performance saw the Dragons keep position, but they were unable to carve out opportunities. The Dragons did however restrict Wiseman from any further chances to score. There were positives to take from the match. 

The U17 Reds will be awarded 3 points as Abbey FC could not field a team.

The U17 Whites beat Ruislip Town 4-2 away. The Dragons kicked off the New Year with an excellent away win despite missing a few regulars. They put in excellent performances all over the pitch in the first half, taking the lead after 13 minutes and never looking back. A great start to 2020.

The U16s were robbed 0-3 by Regents and Tufnell Park in a disastrous game ruined by a thoroughly incompetent referee.  The referee gifted Regents, not by design, but by sheer ineptitude steeped in absolute certainty.  One might conclude that the Dragons management had reservations about the referee.

The U14 Boys lost 2-4 at home to a strong Celtic side. The Dragons took the lead before a few defensive lapses led to 4 consecutive Celtic goals.  The Dragons had good chances in the second half and regained the momentum but were only able to claw back one goal. The Dragons continue to look for the final 10% needed to take 3 points from the top sides in the division. 

The U14 Girls home match was called off by the opposition as they could not raise a team

The U13s match against Kodak away was called off by Kodak

The U12 Girls lost away to Ruislip Rangers. The Dragons were a little rusty in their first game of the year exacerbated by some forgetting their boots. Never the less the Dragons faced up to the challenge and played to the best of their ability. They battled on and showed great spirit by not giving up which lead to them being duly rewarded with a goal in the last five minutes of the game.  

The U12 Boys had no match

The U11 Boys lost against Pro FA away on a quagmire of a pitch in Barnet. This really was hard work as the Dragons squelched around in the mud.  

The U11 Girls were in good spirits as they trained with no match

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 5th January 2020

With the advantage of few fixtures there were few teams to beat us so we remain undefeated in 2020:

The Firsts drew 2-2 with Sporting Hackney away.  The Dragons dominated the 1st half but couldn’t find the net to much frustration at the break. The second half started in the worst possible way – Hackney scored with header from a corner. The Dragons pushed themselves to equalise 20 mins before the end, but a minute later Hackney counter attacked to take the lead once again. The Dragons pushed up and equalised minutes from the end. In general, this was a good Dragons performance but alas two mistakes prevented a win.

The Reserves beat Stonewall 4-2 at home. The Dragons started quickly to score twice early on, but two errors allowed Stonewall back into the game. The Dragons changed formation to take back control and scored twice more to see the game out for a comfortable win. 

The U16s beat league leaders Headstone 2-1 at home – having previously been trounced by them in the away fixture.  The Dragons were shorthanded, with a main player oversleeping, but started in good spirits despite being wary that a defeat loomed. Sure enough, a beautifully curved corner sailed into the Dragons net ten minutes after KO. The Dragons rallied and by halftime were 2-1 up resulting from stunning open passing and two excellent goals from outside the area! The second half saw a brutal resurgence from Headstone but,  having collected their over-sleeper from a nearby bus stop, the Dragons dug in to win 2-1. A famous victory that sees the new decade off to a great start.

Results W/E 15 December 2019

Happy Christmas everyone as the year draws to an end:  

The U11 Boys had no match 

The U11 Girls had no match 

The U12 Boys lost away to Ickenham 

The U12 Girls had no match 

The U13s walloped Brantham 7-0 at home. It really is nothing short of amazing how well the team has weathered the initial storm to play such scintillating football. A tremendous performance. 

The U14 Girls just lost 2-3 to Kinja at home. The Dragons started well, breaking the deadlock from a scramble near the Kinja’s box. Kinja managed to equalise via their right-wing so the second half started on level-pegging.  The Dragons missed opportunities and then, sadly, Kinja broke-away to take the lead before scoring a third with 9 minutes to go.  It looked all over but the Dragons scored straight-away to make it 2-3 and that is how it stayed.

The U14 Boys just lost 2-3 against FC Starz at home. The Dragons dug themselves into a big hole going 0-3 down before achieving an almost miraculous comeback to leave the match just short at 2-3.

The U16s had no match

The U17 Reds had no match

The U17 KDFC Whites had no match

The Firsts had no match

The Reserves had no match

The U10s trained as they prepare to be entered in the League

Results W/E 8 December 2019

As the General Election and the Christmas break hurtle towards us the Dragons were inspired by the U12 Boys:  

The Firsts beat Hillingdon 3-1 at home. The Dragons did not start well with Hillingdon scoring an early goal. They did however show great character to come back and score twice before half time. The second half was a crazy affair with the Dragons controlling the game to draw ahead to 3-1 only for the referee to award Hillingdon 2 penalties in the last ten minutes. It was a time of rising emotions. Fortunately for the Dragons neither were converted. There was a great atmosphere as the Dragons secured this important 3 points.

The Reserves just lost 0-1 away to LPOSSA in the Cup. This was a difficult match for the Dragons who went a goal down through a mistake. From then on, the Dragons had opportunities to score but could not take their chances. 

The New U11 Boys improved considerably to just lose to Ruislip Rangers at home. Back in September the Dragons had played Rangers in their first ever match and had had an exceptionally tough time. They have learnt their lessons in the ensuing couple of months and caught up considerably. A good Dragons effort.

The New U11 Girls had no match

The U12s Boys thrashed London Eagles away 12-0. This was an extraordinary result.  It was only a few weeks ago that the Dragons were learning to cope with  beeing promoted to a higher division. In short, the Dragons were magnificent. They have weathered the footballing storm to claw their way back on top in great style.

The U12 Girls had no match

The U13s had no match

The U14 Boys lost away to Wealdstone. This was a tough match with Wealdstone being the League Leaders. To compound matters the Dragons goalie had a last-minute injury so a brave Dragon had to fill in. It was tough but the Dragons kept going to the end. 

The U14 Girls lost 1-3 away against the Broomwood Vixens. This was a fantastic result for the Dragons who were a player down. It was tight for the first 20 mins before the Dragons broke the deadlock from a handball outside the area. Up stepped the Dragons captain to skilfully place the ball through the players and underneath a defender’s leg to score with 10 mins to go in the first half.  Sadly, the Dragons failed to hold onto the lead as Broomwood equalised straight-away with a lucky goal. Broomwood took the lead 7 minutes into the second half, as they broke away to hit the Dragon’s defence with lightning speed before their third followed straight after with a great solo goal from their player-of-the-match: she picked the ball up from the halfway line; danced around the Dragons and smashed it high into the net. 

The U16s lost 1- 4 away to Hendon. After the excitement of the last couple of matches it was back to character building.  

The U17 Reds lost 1- 2 to Northwood U18s in the Middlesex Cup. An early slip up gave Northwood the lead. The Dragons could not get a foothold on a tricky home pitch nor make their possession count with not many chances for both teams. A good test for the Dragons against an older team who won their league last year.

U17 Whites lost 1- 4 against Hendon away. This was a credible result for the Dragons who had ten men, playing against a strong wind in the first half with a makeshift goalie. Eventually the wind and extra man took their toll to Hendon’s advantage. A Dragons penalty in the first minute was their only reward. The Dragons dominated possession and territory in the second half and played some very good football but alas Hendon’s keeper was having a very good day. This was not a bad score line against a team flying high in the league.

The U10s trained as they prepare to be entered in the League

Results W/E 1 December 2019

As the cold bites Dragons dream of warmer times, but keep going – it’s not long to the Christmas break and then the warmth of spring will soon creep up on us. For inspiration we should look at the U13s who, after their fair share of footballing disasters, have come through magnificently:

The Firsts drew 3-2 away with 2nd placed Cricklewood in a great game.  The Dragons started well to take the lead in the 10th minute from a header.  The second half was an emotional affair. The Dragons conceded from a penalty and then two minutes later they conceded again. The Dragons showed great character to turn the game around by scoring twice to lead 3-2 up to the 95th min. In the last kick of the game Cricklewood equalised and the game was over. Annoying but it had been a great game.

The Reserves match was called off due to pitch conditions

The New U11 Boys lost to Wealdstone away. The Dragons started well then faded before playing more consistently in the second half. The challenge is to keep going and not to express unhappiness with one’s footballing colleagues when matters do not go exactly to plan.

The U12s just lost 2-3 away to Pro FA. The Dragons got off to a flying start, scoring the opening goal in the first few minutes.  An unfortunate penalty led to an equaliser, with Pro FA scoring a second goal shortly afterward.  Undeterred the plucky Dragons pressed on and were rewarded with a fine goal bringing the scores level at 2-2.  Sadly, the Dragons were unable to maintain the pressure, and Pro FA snatched the winning goal.   

The U13s thrashed West Drayton 13-0 at home. The Dragons were raring to go after an excellent warm up and scored four goals in under 20 minutes. It was Dragons fun all round as they added two more goals before the stroke of half time.  At the restart, the Dragons retained their intensity and it was good to see Dragons scoring their first goals. This was an excellent performance but, as the Manger said, “we know it’s not a sprint but a marathon, so we keep on going till the end!”

The U14 Boys drew 2-2 against Old Actonians away. The Dragons were overconfident facing the near bottom of the League Old Actonians.  A lethargic start and an incredible strike from the opposing striker put the Dragons down in the first 15 minutes. The equalising goal came shortly after as the opposition produced another fine finish to take the lead.  There were excellent chances in the second half for both sides, but the game ended with a 2 – 2 draw. 

The U16s had no match and read improving books.

The U17s just lost 1-2 to Hendon away in the League Cup quarter final. The Dragons took an early lead but were second best for the rest of the half, conceding twice before the break. The Dragons pushed on in the second but failed to find the equaliser. This was their first loss this season. Next week it is on to the QF of the Middlesex cup.

The U17 Whites lost 1-4 away against the Eagles.

The New U11 Girls just lost to Alexandra Park North at home. The Dragons fell behind early, conceding two goals in rapid succession early on.  By half time they were down more than planned as a well drilled Alexandra Park side dominated, both in terms of possession and shots on goal. The Dragons regrouped at half time to concede far fewer goals but without managing to score.

The U12 Girls lost 2-6 away to Islington Borough Ladies. The Dragons played an improved game,  despite their second loss to this well established and disciplined team.  They created chances to score but unfortunately a penalty and two unlucky deflections left them a little deflated.  

The U14 Girls lost 2-5 to Ruislip Rangers away. This was quite a heavy pitch for the Dragons due the preceding rainfall earlier in the week. The Dragons have become accustomed to the well-drained pitch at St Marks.

The U10s trained as they prepare to be entered in the League