It was the Girls who lead the way this week:
The U13 Girls beat good natured Broomwood FC 4-1 away. The day started in good spirits, if a little haphazardly, but with various Dragons applying the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle in hoping to bump into fellow team members in the wilds of a common somewhere in South London. Once on the pitch however the Dragons were fantastic and could have scored many more. The new girls blended in really well and were great assets.
The U11 Girls beat Victoria Park Rangers 2-1 away. Despite not having their coach the Dragons began confidently, attacking from start to finish, but at the end of the first half the score was still 0-0. After a couple of half time substitutions the girls started again with renewed determination and were quickly rewarded with their first goal. Victoria refused to give in and equalized very late on. Undeterred the Dragons kept pressing and fired their second goal to score a decisive win – well-deserved on a rainy day
The U11s start their season on October 7th
The U12s boys match was rained off
The U13s boys match was rained off
The U14s beat Parliament Hill 4-2 at home. Earlier the rain had deluged down as if Zeus, the Greek God rain and thunder, had wanted to drench the Dragons. The rain eventually stopped and the sun shone to allow an afternoon of pure entertainment! The Dragons started with only 9 players and had to defend as a compact unit. With shin pads found and more players on the pitch, the Dragons became lethal, scoring twice. Parliament had much to prove, having never previously lost to the Dragons and took advantage to come from behind to make it 3-2. The Dragons held on and then, with 10 minutes to go, skilfully blasted the ball, beating the keeper to claim a record breaking win.
The U15s suffered in the rain to lose 0-5 to Ruislip Rangers away. The great advantage of such a result it that it leaves room for improvement – as the wise manager reflected “ There is nothing worse than peaking too early”
The U16s Whites lost 1 – 4 to Celtic at home. The Dragons battled on a rain-soaked pitch but came up short against their table-topping visitors. It was actually a much closer game than the score line would suggest with the Dragons having a handful of chances that they just couldn’t put away. The Dragons return to the fray next week.
The U16s Reds beat Brook House 4-3 away. With a late kick off it was uncertain whether the game would go ahead due to persistent rain, but when it did the Dragons got off to a flying start. Two almost identical goals in the first 25 minutes from through balls gave the Dragons a healthy lead going into the second half. Within the first 15 minutes of the restart Brook House scored from a fantastic long range effort and then a good shot after a header to be followed by a dubious penalty. Although the Dragons had seemingly thrown away their 2 goal lead they did not despair and nicked a goal back when Celtic’s keeper spilt the ball to give their striker his second hattrick in as many games. The Dragons went on to get the winner when their new signing looped a perfect free kick in from the edge of the box. Heroic goalkeeping and goal line clearances kept the Dragons lead until the end.
The First Team Lost 1-3 at home to Brentham. Brentham opened the scoring before the Dragons equalised. Brenham then drew ahead from a corner. The Dragons then had no alternative but to press ahead and chase the game, with the almost inevitable consequence that Brentham exploited an opportunity to score again. The Dragons are inching towards being a very good team.