Singh Sabah Slough 1 v 6 Kensington Dragons
The first meeting had been met with disappointment by Dragons as it was a midweek fixture that due to transport difficulty meant the game was reduced by ten minutes. It is not to say the game that ended in a draw would have been any different but Dragons were in the ascendency and felt a great opportunity to collect three points had been missed on the referee’s judgement. Knowing that SSS had already taken points off KD there was no chance of taking them lightly regardless of their current league position. What would be required is a performance that showed desire and intent.
Both teams started the game with positive aspirations and a clear indication that this game was unlikely to finish nil-nil. The break-through came fifteen minutes in as a flighted corner was met in full flight by Bangoo whose goal-ward bound header could only be re-directed into the net by an SSS player. This settled Dragons down into a more commanding position and it showed as the possession was being dominated by the away side with the home team having to counter when regaining the ball. Another set-piece for KD was not cleared effectively and Maxwell showed great technique to control his shot and double the lead. Dragons really had warmed to the task now and were assured and decisive on and off the ball to the frustrations of the home side. This was opening up space and a incisive pass from Mkoloma found the intelligent run from Maxwell and one on one with the keeper, finished coolly. There was one more moment in the half that SSS could do nothing about and it was a rampaging run from Mkoloma. Skipping past some challenges he was able to lay the ball off to Nalu Moso to slide in his first and Dragons’ fourth.
The second half was about desire, from Dragons to want to extend their lead and from SSS to find a way back into the game. It was clear from Dragons attitude in the second half that they did not want to give any encouragement to the opposition. The defence had been in stubborn mood and the midfield dominant in every aspect. It would be another well weighted pass from midfield this time from Bangoo into the path of Maxwell who once again was bearing down on goal and again finished calmly to get his first ever hat-trick. The pressing continued and the goals had not finished there as in a slick passing move down the left picked out Madden who showed good awareness to pick out the supporting Malone and his squared pass allowed Nalu Moso to get his second and the side’s sixth.
The last part of this complete performance was to keep a clean sheet and the squad had all tried hard shown by Bowler’s goal-line clearance but this was to no avail as an error allowed on the stroke of full time a goal for the Slough team but scant consolation to those who’s pride was hurt by an efficient Dragons performance.
Moore, Malone, Bowler, Humphrey, Scott, Mkoloma, O’Donoghue, Bangoo, Maxwell, Madden, Nalu Moso. Subs; Batousol, Cole, Mariner