Category: Under 17s

KDFC – An FA Charter Standard Development Club

FA Charter Standard Development Club Application – Kensington Dragons F.C

We are delighted to announce that after a concerted effort from all the Club officers, managers and coaches KDFC has been awarded FA Charter Standard Development Club status. There are currently 600 Clubs affiliated to Middlesex County FA of which 120 are Charter Standard Clubs and only 8 are Development Clubs. We hope this award will not only raise our profile within the county but help us develop even more partnerships with groups within the London area, support our applications for funding, attract potential sponsors and secure training and development opportunities for our coaches, managers and players.

More details on the FA Charter Standard Scheme can be found at the link below.

Luke O’Donoghue

Charter Standard Coordinator

Kensington Dragons FC

Thank you for your recent FA Charter Standard application which we have received at the Association office. I am delighted to inform you that after meeting the necessary criteria your application has been approved by our Raising Standards Working Group for the FA Charter Standard Development Club Award.

Middlesex County FA believe that it is a fantastic achievement and honour to achieve the FA Charter Standard Development Award and therefore I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your club on behalf of us all. By achieving the award your club has demonstrated an excellent level of discipline, administration and operating standards with a commitment to developing new activity within the club over the next three seasons.”

Peter Clayton

Chief Executive

Middlesex County Football Association

U16A win away in Wembley

AFC Wembley 0 v 1 Kensington Dragons U16A

After having a few games called off, the U16A’s finally played away vs AFC Wembley.

In the new red kit the Dragons pressed the home team from early playing attacking football creating many chances. Paul & JP both tested the keeper but they were to be stopped.

The second half started with both teams wasting chances & playing some good football. Time began to run out for the boys until a brilliant delivered ball by JP was headed in by striker ‘Q’ to give us a well deserved lead with minutes remaining. An all round solid display by the boys earned them a hard fought 3 points.

Man of the Match: Benji

Defensive errors cost U16A

Heathrow Club 3 v 2 Kensington Dragons U16A

The Dragons started well today scoring within 2 minutes of play. Paul scoring directly from a corner on the left hand side. Poor communication from the defence & keeper lead to 2 silly goals however in 10 minutes.

The second half started with the Dragons playing positive football searching for the equaliser. The opposition keeper made good saves to deny Conrad & Tim from scoring quality goals. With 15 left on the clock Heathrow scored a goal gifted to them which they did not deserve. Still the Dragons pushed on & after JP went down in the box Liquane finished the penalty with ease.

The game finished Heathrow Club 3-2 KDFC.

U16A lose away at Ruislip

Ruislip Rangers 3 v 2 Kensington Dragons U16A

The Dragons started off the brighter team pulling off crisp passes all over the park making the opposition team run all over the place. After 20 minutes all that possession paid off when Dragons had the ball on the far left corner and it was swung in for JP to tuck it away into the bottom corner. With 5 minutes remaining of the half some slack defending gifted the away team 2 goals.

The second half began and again the Dragons started bright having most of the ball but failed to take their chances. A quick Ruislip corner caught out the Dragons and they scored again. With 10 minutes remaining Dragons carried on attacking and with good work from Chris out on the left led to an own goal making the score 3-2. A last minute free kick by Liquane was well saved by the keeper and at that the match finished 3-2.


U15A finish season with a PB

The U15 Nighthawks first beat Ruislip Rangers but then lost by 1 goal in the second game of the double header. This has been by far the best season for the Nighthawks and the team came really close to getting promoted to the second division. The statistics are – 18 matches: 9 wins, 4 draws, 3 lost – 45 goals scored, 25 received

U15A earn a point away at Wealdstone

Wealdstone A 1 v 1 Kensington Dragons U15A

Today the U15A drew 1-1 in an away match with Wealdstone A after a very balanced match that saw both teams developing lots of exciting goal opportunities which – if not for great skill shown by both goalies – would have returned a much higher score for both sides.

Double derby win for the U15As

Kensington Dragons U15A 4 v 1 FC Kensington – FC Kensington 1 v 4 Kensington Dragons U15A

Successful double-header today vs FC Kensington secured 6 pts to the Dragons U15A team. The opposition was not in full formation, which allowed our boys to play a bit of a more casual game, and secure two 4-1 wins.

Dragons are now at 27 pts with 4 games to go: a double-header v Ruislip Rangers and two more games vs Wealdstone and YAC.
There is still a chance to end in the promotion area of the division if the team manages to win 3 matches.

Top score ranking:
Connie and JP – 9 goals
Abdullah and Harry – 4 goals
Dayo – 3 goals
Luis, Shaba, Tim and Tom – 2 goals
Miles, Nico and Paul – 1 goal

Good luck Dragons!

U15A find their stride in home win

Kensington Dragons U15B 4 v 2 Rugby Portobello Trust FC

In today’s match vs the Rugby Portobello Trust, we have probably seen the best Dragons U15A team from the beginning of the season: well coordinated, generous in delivering, committed, attacking with confidence while blocking with determination the opponents’ strides in the defensive area. In short, the team was focussed on getting the business done.
We started by going down 0-1 and then equalizing a few minutes later, than down again 1-2 and equalizing again. By the first half the team was up 3-2 and crystallized the job at 4-2 with 10 minutes to go in the 2nd half. Conrad scored 2 goals, JP and Harry scored 1 each. The team had a few very close misses while Brett made a couple of very good saves. Curly, Zac, Taiga, and Nico held a very strong defense line.

No question to me about which team was in command. Amazing job. The Dragons now hold a very solid 4th position in the division and have the opportunity to aim higher if they wish to.

Well done.

U15A hit 9 past Portobello

Kensington Dragons U15A 9 v 1 Rugby Portobello Trust

The team today won 9-1 in a match that saw 4 players of the opponent team sent off with red cards.

After the Dragons scored 1-0, in rapid succession a Portobello’s player was sent off on a (probably unintentional) foul, a penalty kick was assigned on another foul (which the Dragons converted to 2-0), and another player was sent off after addressing the ref with “you are a cheat!”.
Before the end of the first half another two players were sent off in two separate last man fouls.
At this point the Dragons lost motivation in getting the job properly done, probably feeling sorry for the opposition and, at the beginning of the 2nd half they conceded a goal to the opposition as our captain in central defence was busy watching a match in the pitch next to ours.

The Dragons finally pulled their act together, became more coordinated and generous in delivering the ball and closed the match at 9-1 with two hat tricks by JP and Conrad and one goal each by Shaba, Abdullah, and Harry. The score could have been even higher if the boys focussed earlier in finishing the business.

Bottom line, as Coach Gilbaut told the boys “we play by the whistle, cannot afford to feel sorry for something that we are not responsible for, and must focus on getting the business done”.

Next up away vs Forest United

U15A beat Forest United at home

Kensington Dragons U15A 2 v 0 Forest United Youth

After a narrow defeat in our last outing the young Dragons were looking to make up for it and they started very brightly as we took full control of the match. A snap shot early in the game from striker Tim was good enough to test their keeper who was saving the opposition. Great play by Abdullah to win a corner saw the set piece defended poorly & gifted Dayo the chance to give Dragons the lead with a cool finish. The second half began with Dragons leading & now looking to increase the lead after a few good chances with Dayo hitting the crossbar. Goalkeeper Brett then made a great save and the Dragons broke at speed to win a corner to which striker Shabba scored the winner with a header into the bottom corner.

A good 3 points for the boys in front of Ex England keeper David James in attendance. Next up for the boys a local derby vs Rugby Portobello.