Kensington Dragons 1 v 0 Supreme Athletic
With yet another weather enforced break Dragons needed to get this third round cup game played as the fixtures are already beginning to pile up. Playing against a team that dramatically knocked them out of a different cup at the semi-final stage on penalties two years ago, the Dragons were keen to come out on top. The quality of the pitch was not great but Dragons have a way so far this season of adapting their way of play to get the result over the performance. With personal battles all over the pitch the physical contest was the most obvious in the first thirty minutes of the game. It was at that point Dragons would start to express their footballing qualities and carve out the best goal scoring opportunities the best of which came from a great ball from full-back Maxwell to Samin who was not able to take the ball in his stride. Dragons felt confident that an improvement in their game would see them progress and for large parts of the second period thats exactly what happened. It was no surprise when on seventy minutes a diagonal ball found the excellent Mariner, who played a cross field ball to Malone his deep cross to the back post found Mariner still on the move and a deft header back across goal allowed O’Donoghue to nod the ball into an empty net. There seemed little in terms of a response from the opposition until the last five minutes when a guilt edge chance was crashed against the bar and gave Dragons a deserved victory. The quarter-final against Hillingdon will be played this week.