The Dragons press on as other clubs wilt in the winter gloom. Yet again more matches were won than lost with the Girls, Youths and Seniors teams all vying to be League winners:
The U17 Boys beat Acton Ealing Whistlers 4-3 away. A dramatic match for the Dragons who were up 3-2 with minutes remaining until the referee called a soft penalty allowing AEW to equalize. The glimpse of the Dragons’ first three points almost slipped away before a last-minute throw into the box lead to a score and with it a dramatic Dragons victory.
The U16 Boys beat Harrow St Marys 11-0. This was a little disappointing from the Dragons who mustered a bare eleven players. It could so easily have gone wrong if a couple of players had been injured in the match as there were no substitutes. As it was, the Dragons ran riot and for once kept a clean sheet.
The U15 Boys narrowly lost 2-3 to Southall Athletic at home. A tough one to articulate – the Dragons were leading 2-1 against the current league leaders with less than 10 minutes to play until their guard dropped leading to conceding 2 late goals. Still, the Dragons passing and communication were mostly a joy to watch.
The U14 Boys had no match.
The U13 Boys lost 1-5 to League Leaders LPOSSA at home. Despite the score this was yet another improvement from the Dragons who were much better in the second half than the first. A couple of freak goals distorted the score. The big challenge for the Dragons is to press hard, and in doing so they will discover the delicious delight of scoring.
The U12 Boys drew 3-3 with Southall Athletic at home. The Dragons became complacent and were losing 1-3 to a team they had scored a dozen against 6 weeks ago. Luckily, they woke up 10 minutes before the end to score twice and save a draw.
The new U11 Boys had no game due to their opposition’s waterlogged pitch.
The U17 Girls were closely beaten 2-3 by league leaders Highbury Rangers away. The Dragons started strongly, were focused, and mentally tuned in resulting in them being 2-1 up at halftime. Alas in the second period Highbury took advantage of positional confusion to score twice in the last 20 minutes.
The U15 Girls beat Barnet Nightingales 4-0 at home. The Dragons went out with all guns blazing to secure their 5th win in a row. Simply put, they played some outstanding football.
The U14 Girls beat Kinja 1-0 away. The Dragons had most of the play in the first half with Kinhja’s goalkeeper making save after save. The second half was more of an even affair but eventually the Dragons persistence lead to the winning goal.
The U13 Girls lost 2-4 to Alexandra Park away. A trip into north London proved fruitless this time around despite a strong Dragons performance.
The U12 Girls were beaten 1-2 by Ealing Trailfinders at home. Both teams fought hard to get the win. But in the end, despite the tremendous effort, it was not destined to be the Dragons day.
The Firsts beat Wilberforce 3-2 away in the Cup. The Dragons made hard work of this victory but were saved by their own composure in front of goal.
The Blues were beaten 1-2 at home by Portobello FC. A first game against new local rivals was a close affair as each side sized each other up. The Dragons look forward to the reverse fixture.
The Old Dragonians were beaten at home by Newton City. The recent run of huge scoring games for the Old Ds came to an end. The Dragons got on the scoresheet but were outgunned.
The U10s trained in preparation for entering the League.