Kensington Dragons 3 v 0 Broadfields United
The chance to continue the Dragons good form would come against a struggling Broadfields side that had nothing to prove and everything to play for. It was on this basis that Dragons needed to be prepared for a difficult game knowing that only a good performance would provide the result. With injuries being suffered the week before there were a few changes to the line up with Humphrey returning to the starting eleven for some months.
The first half proved to be a struggle with a less than desirable surface to get Dragons passing game going and a stubborn Broadfields back-line meant Dragons were going to have to up their game at some point. The front three provided flashes of this but the ability to find the right pass or touch or run was breaking down good goal scoring opportunities. It was one way traffic in regards to possession and territory but frustration was growing as Dragons were not able to turn this into goals. With minutes to go to the half a pass from Scott into the channel for Mariner allowed the forward to drive at the defender and on beating him cut back to the stand-in skipper Mkoloma who emphatically finished from the edge of the box.
KD were asked to improve the quality of the performance at half-time to ensure the result and there seemed an urgency about their play. This speed of movement of the ball and players posed a different type of problem for the visitors and with that a show of panic in the their play. This was exemplified when Bangoo chased down a ball in the opposing box and his industry was rewarded when a failed clearance fell nicely for him and there was no hesitation in the finish.
With KD smelling blood they continued to force the issue and Mkoloma and his influence in the game had not yet finished, when on the half-way line he played a ball to Madden who was lurking around the last defender and got his slice of luck when the keeper and defender both missed the ball to allowed him to tap the ball into an empty net.
A lot of probing and missed opportunities meant Dragons were unable to break the spirit of Broadfields and had to make do with the three goals and three points.
Moore, Malone, Bowler, Batousol, Scott, Mkoloma(c), Bangoo, Humphrey, Maxwell, Madden, Mariner. Subs; Scheck, O’Donoghue, Cole, Nalu Moso