Firsts dominate 2nd half to secure cup final place

Kensington Dragons 3 v 1 Cricklewood Wanderers

March would not only signal the start of spring but also a telling month for Dragons as the chance to progress in two cups and away games against their nearest rivals in the league. Without looking too far ahead the first game would be a clash of the Division One leaders West and Central and East with bragging rights and a place in the final of the MCFA Junior Cup for the winner. Wanderers had already beaten the only undefeated team in Dragons West Division and were in determined mood not to go out of two cups in as many weeks.

The game started brightly for both teams who were on the front foot looking to gain the initiative early on. It would be the home side that was best placed to do that when O’Donoghue followed shortly after by Malone were both one on one with the keeper but neither chance was taken. Dragons would be made to rue these missed chances when a mad five minutes from Bowler would see him get a yellow card and then a mix up with the keeper would allow a free shot at goal and it was taken. So not for the first time this season Dragons would have to come from behind to progress into the final. A substandard half would mean Dragons had it all to do second half. With the gauntlet set and a few tweaks in the way the team would approach the second half Dragons set about getting to the final. The pressure was intense on and off the ball and this resulted in more attacks and so eventually the pressure told as Nalu Moso was up-ended in the box and Madden continued his perfect record from the spot. Dragons could sense the opportunity and a great ball in from a set piece found its way to Pepera to nod in from a yard. With the opposition shell shocked Dragons pressed home the advantage and a sweeping move down the right ended with Malone providing a great assist for Madden to sweep home his second. Dragons controlled the game from that point on and should have really increased the margin but were in the end satisfied with the result and another senior team final.