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