With the season drawing to a delayed end, with most matches played, the Dragons have done remarkably well. We have kept going, scoring tremendous victories whilst others wilted:
The U18s are crowned Premiership Champions! A fantastic achievement. Winning a league in any sport requires grit, resilience and determination. During a long season there are bound to be upsets and disappointments. The challenge is to bounce back and keep going – not easy to do, especially with Covid restrictions. The players, managers and coaches worked together to earn their success. The players are a great credit to the Dragons and the experience of battling through to create a winning team bodes well for their futures. For the statistically minded the Dragons drew level on points with Hendon on 26 each but emerged clear winners with a goal difference of 17 versus Hendon’s 7.
The Seniors beat the Whistlers 3-2 in the Covid Cup to reach the Semi Finals. The game started at a furious pace as both teams tried to gain a foothold. The Whistlers took the lead sparking the Dragons into another gear to equalise just before half time. With the hot weather effecting some players the Dragons brought on a couple of younger players who were chomping at their footballing bit to get involved. They made an instant impact and were both involved in pulling the Dragons 3-1 ahead. The Dragons then controlled the game to the end, albeit losing a bit of concentration at the back to let the Whistlers score a consolation goal.
The U11 Boys played the U10 Boys in a well matched contest in the heat. All eyes are now on the U10s who are soon to graduate to be next season’s U11s and with it a season of competitive matches. The current U11s remain undefeated in their last 9 matches and look forward to next Sunday’s final match of the season
The U12 Girls beat Most Wanted 2-1 at Wormwood Scrubs in a thriller. The Dragons had been soundly beaten in their last encounter so Most Wanted were understandably the bookies favourite. The Dragon are however a great bunch of players and when they went 0-1 down were not disheartened but rather knuckled down to draw level. It was then a nail-biting match until 20 seconds from the end the Dragons were awarded a free kick. Most Wanted formed an impregnable wall of players, which did not live up to its name, as the ball flew over them to dip down into Most Wanted’s goal. A fantastic win for the Dragons.
The U12 Boys beat St Joseph’s 3-2 away to be crowned Divisional Champions. This was a crucial match which the Dragons had to win or draw to win the league – a tough challenge with St Joseph’s lying second in the table with their own hopes of securing the title. St Joseph’s had won 6-4 in in the last encounter and to intensify the challenge their coach refereed the match. The Dragons scored first only for St Joseph’s to equalise before taking the lead with 15 minutes to go. The Dragons coaches made some well-timed adjustments resulting in them scoring two volley screamers from long range. The Dragons had won!
The U13 Girls played in a six a side Tournament. The Dragons turned out in force with 12 players making rotating them on and off the pitch a challenge. Every Dragon got to play but the team did not win the Tournament. Next time.
There were no other matches so the teams trained.