Yet again the First Team lead the way as the clocks changed to confuse some:
The Firsts beat Sporting Hackney 1-0 at home. This was a hard-fought game on the sun-baked hard pitch. The Dragons sealed the win with a quality strike to which Sporting could not find a reply. In a testament to their new training regime, the Firsts are working hard and setting the bar high.
The Blues had no game and the Old Dragonians trained.
The U16 Girls had no game.
The U14 Girls outclassed Alexandra Park away to win 8-0. The title chasing Dragons headed to AP remembering that the home fixture had given them some issues. The Dragons dominated from start to finish. Chances galore were created and AP just could not cope with the Dragons intensity. The 8-0 win was a just reward for the Dragons whose attention now turns to a Cup clash with professional neighbours QPR.
The U13 Girls narrowly lost 2-4 away to AFC Leyton. It is difficult to be consistent with so many players absent. Despite all the Dragons battled hard and there were some excellent performances but, alas, not enough to churn out a win. In football there is always a game next week to put right the wrongs.
The U12 Girls were awarded a satisfying automatic away win over Actonians who could not field a team.
The U11 Girls beat Acton Ealing Whistlers 5-3 away. ‘What an amazing game!’ to quote the Manager at the post match press conference. The Dragons played their best game of the season and were on the front foot for the entire match. Solid high pressing, countless shots on goal, great passing and positioning left the Dragons ending on Cloud 9.
The U16 Boys beat Forest United 6-0 away in the League Trophy group stage. This match against Forest was seen as great challenge given the Dragons two earlier league losses. The Dragons fielded a strong side and the opposition coach was left bemoaning his own weakened squad. The result was a 10-man opposition and a comfortable 6 goal win for the Dragons which should push them into the next stage of the League Trophy.
The U15 Boys were awarded an automatic home win in their Cup Group Match against Bessingby Park Rangers who defaulted.
The U14 Boys were beaten 1-4 away by London Athletic. Although only mustering 10 to face LA, the Dragons started well and played good passing football with an early goal. An unfortunate rebound saw the teams go in level at half time. The brave ten Dragons tired in the second half against a full-strength opposition who called on a full complement of subs. A hearty performance, nonetheless.
The U13 Boys won 7-4 in a thrilling away game at Titans. In the first half the Dragons needed composure and calm as the Titans high line set dastardly offside traps. Regardless, the Dragons went into the break 2-1 up. After a halftime motivational talk, centred on playing the Dragons’ own game, the second period was better with great goals and a hattrick for the captain. With a 4-win streak, the Dragons end the league season on a high and take solid form into the trophy competition next week.
The U12 Boys lost 0-3 to Elite Magic at home. Despite a tricky period of results not quite going the Dragons’ way, they have two more league games to show what they are made of and put into practice their hard work at training.
The U11 Boys just lost 1-2 to Harrow St Marys at home. The Dragons turned possession into chances but were unable to find the right finish. Errors led to being 0-2 down until the Dragons finally converted, but despite a strong finish, the comeback was too late and they ran out of time.
The U10 Boys trained.