What a tremendous weekend – almost undefeated from top to bottom! That old adage “A Resilient Dragon is a Good Dragon” certainly held true as teams who were battered last week walloped their oppositions this week!
The Seniors beat Rajput Del-Mundo 4-1 at home. Most of the match was played in the Del-Mundo’s half, with the Dragons keeping the ball and waiting patiently for an opening. This approach saw them 2-0 up at half time at which the coaches’ instructions were to continue pressing high and keeping possession until there was an opening to attack. The Dragons were rewarded with another two goals but late in the game they switched off and allowed Del-Mundo a consolidation goal.
The U11 Girls beat Acton Ealing Whistlers 2-1 away. This was a Great performance from the Dragons and a well-deserved victory. Scoring in the first minute helped to give the Dragons the confidence they needed to go on and secure the win.
The U11 Boys beat Polonia 4-1 away on Wormwood Scrubs. If truth be told the Dragons never looked like losing the match which was a surprise to many. Leading at half time, some feared that battling up hill in the second half would undo the Dragons but in the event they romped up and down like antelopes needing exercise.
The U12 Girls just lost 2-3 to Barnet Nightingales at home. Dragon fans were reminded of their 0-6 drubbing at the hands of Barnet in their first match as they got off to the worst possible start to go 0-1 down after 20 seconds. Undeterred the Dragons settled down to play great football, on even terms with Barnet, leaving it still 0-1 to Barnet at half time. After the coach’s pep talk the Dragons came back on invigorated before a breakaway goal led to Barnet taking a 0-2 lead and then, before the Dragons knew, it was 0 – 3. The galvanized Dragons picked up their game, and in the last 15 minutes scored twice which lead to a very tense final 5 minutes in which Barnet just managed to hold on for the win
The Boys U12s Boys beat Celtic 6-0 at home. This was an absolutely tremendous result for the Dragons after their uncomfortable match last week. They played consistently well, with each player contributing to the resounding win.
The U13 Boys walloped London Eagles 10-2 at home. The Dragons had a full squad and were in a relaxed, optimistic mood from the start. An early Dragons goal set the scene. Some good passing down the line and crosses into the middle, as practised at Saturday’s training, resulted in a 5-2 lead at half time. But the Dragons weren’t complacent, as the second half has often been their downfall. With the Dragons goalie saving a penalty they knew that it was to be their day as more goals came from six different players, with a hat-trick somewhere in the goal mix.
The U13 Girls had no game
The U14 Boys no game
The U15 Girls did not play
The U15 Boys beat Forest Utd 7-3 at home. Two Dragons players scored their first goals of the season but the goal of the day was an incredible length of the pitch assist from their goalie which was put away by a header (yes, header off a bouncing ball ) by the Dragons striker. To give Forest credit, they did not totally wilt under the pressure and put through 3 goals, including from their exceptional number 10.
The U17 Boys drew 3-3 against Premier League Leaders Hendon at home. The Dragons went 2-0 up very quickly as the effects of their new coaching became apparent. The match remained tight and the Dragons came very close to winning but in the end settled for a 3-3 draw. A great match.
The U18s drew 1-1 with Regents & Tufnell Park away. Regent took the lead in the first half but the Dragons equalised with a 25 yard screamer from a player’s first ever goal for the team. In the second half it was all the Dragons with Regents clearing off the line and their keeper under pressure. Alas that illusive winning goal never came for the Dragons as they so richly deserved.
The U10s trained before playing a friendly against the U11 Boys. They get better each week.