U12s just miss out at home to L.A.

Kensington Dragons U12s 2 v 3 London Athletic

Again for the second time in a row, our Dragons were facing stiff opposition in the form of London Athletic who are 4 points behind the league leaders with 5 games in hand.  We were playing on a soggy pitch which did not augur well for our quick passing style.  The first 10 minutes were therefore understandably quite cagey with most of the action taking place in mid-field.  Around the 15 minutes mark, the Dragons started showing confidence on the ball with intricate passing in midfield with Felix and Aziz particularly showing quick and deft turns.  This passage of play saw an excellent free kick from Felix tipped over by the keeper and also an excellent save from Enrique at the hands of LA’s star player, striker and captain.  Ilya in one of his typical runs on the left managed to outrun the defenders and score in the left bottom corner leaving the keeper a bit mesmerized.  Unfortunately LA equalized from a well taken corner kick well volleyed on the right of Enrique who had no chance.  The half ends here with a fair scoreline.

The second half got underway and our Dragons carry on dominating the passing in midfield with Joe doing again his best impression of “Yaya” releasing Tyler and Felix on goal with great through passes both of them stopped by great pieces of defending.  The breaks on the flanks carried on with Ilya and George showing their speed but it was Tyler who scored showing great composure in chipping the ball over the advancing keeper.  Our makeshift defence (Sonny and Kas were away) Karim, Franklin, Waleed and Jamal were doing extremely well but were now getting a bit more pressure as LA were looking for the equalizer.  A very questionable foul was awarded on the edge of our box and LA’s captain powered a dipping free kick which Enrique manage to tip away but not high enough.  2-2 with 5 minutes to go.  Their captain scored again with a couple of minutes on a great run which left him alone 1v1 with Enrique.

It finished 3-2. A cracking game even though we lost.  It was in the view of the coaches our best game of the year (even better their our 4-1 win away to Kodak Youth).  A privilege to watch.