The season has started. The good news is that there remains room for improvement as we find ourselves back in the footballing field of dreams:
The Firsts just lost 2-3 to Stonewall at home. The Dragons lead for much of the match, but a rather unfortunate penalty gifted Stonewall the result
The Reserves drew 2-2 with Benfica away – a reasonable, if not spectacular, way to start the season
The U17 Reds were awarded 3 points as Chiswick Meadonians could not field a team.
The U17 Whites had no match
The U16s just lost 3-4 at home to Pinnstars. The Dragons drew ahead to 2-0 before, strictly between ourselves, a terrible mistake by the Dragons linesman allowed Pinnstars back into the game. A furious battle then ensued before Pinnstars edged it to win 3-4. This was a great game to start the season, albeit one that the Dragons should have won.
The U14s beat FC Starz 4-1 away. Having achieved promotion, the Dragons showed little nervousness against the stronger competition. The Dragons defended well before scoring from a corner into a crowded box. The Dragons then conceded a weak goal before continual pressure, and a strong bench, proved too much for FC Starz as they conceded three second half goals. The goal of the day involved some intricate passing in the box followed by a beautiful strike over FC Starz’s keeper.
The U13s lost away by quite a lot to Wealdstone who had drafted in a wonder striker into their team. This was a tense first match for the Dragons who were 0-1 down within the first 10 minutes. The second half was just as demoralising, but the Dragons showed grit and did not give up, nor stop playing as a team. Their continuing positivity and focus was eventually rewarded with a great goal 5 minutes into the 2nd half.
The U12s lost against Ickenham at home in a high scoring match with the Dragons pummelling in 5. The only problem was that Ickenham pummelled in five more. It was reminiscent of a tennis match and hard on the necks of the massed fans as they swivelled from end to end watching the furious action. This was an excellent result for the U12s who desperately needed a beating as they had won 14 matches in a row last season. Every team needs a loss occasionally to keep on their collective footballing toes.
All three Girls Teams and the Boys U11s season has yet to start