Results W/E 4th December 2022

A cracking weekend with the Firsts leading the way with a tremendous win, the U13 Boys winning against all odds, and the U15 Girls, U14 Boys and U12 Boys all continuing their winning streaks:

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The Firsts beat League Leaders Shepherds Bush 2-1 at home. The tension left the crowded stands exhausted as the Dragons held on to a precarious 1-0 lead only for their local rivals to equalise just near the final whistle. Potential salvation for the Dragons appeared by means of a penalty but superb goal keeping kept it still at a nail bitingly 1-1. As the seconds ticked away in the darkening gloom the Dragons rose to the occasion magnificently, showing fight, determination, and desire to beat their talented opposition with a cracking winning goal just before the final whistle. The Firsts look to stay in the top half of the table for Xmas – who knows how far they will go?

The Blues were beaten 2-4 away at Bessingby Park Rangers. A brace for the Dragons that on another day might have won three points.

The Old Dragonians Cup tie to West London Wanderers was postponed.

The U17 Girls had no game.

The U15 Girls beat Enfield Town 2-1 away. Despite the girls dominating with some great defensive tackles and good passing, it was not their best performance – they had many opportunities to score but were unable to finish. Their winning streak however continues.

The U14 Girls lost 1-4 to Actonians away. Three mistakes led to three goals in the first half, and it was an uphill battle from there. The Dragons started the second half better with more possession and a better shape to pull one back. Unfortunately, another mistake lead to a last goal.

The U13 Girls narrowly lost 1-2 to Barnet Panthers at home in the Cup. A game of two halves! If the second half was in isolation, it would have been a win for the Dragons with the girls showing amazing resilience and an improved attack.

The U12 Girls did not play.

The new U11 Boys just lost 0-1 to Belmont Bees at home. This was a vastly improved performance from the away leg at the start of the season which saw the Dragons lose 2-4. This home leg saw the Dragons narrowly lose with the winning goal coming in the first half. The Dragons pushed hard for the equaliser and on another day would have found it.

The U12 Boys beat Old Actonians 2-1 away. The Dragons maintain their good run of form – more trials and tests are no doubt ahead but they remain in pole position.

The U13 Boys beat Titans 2-0 at home. The Dragons have hitherto been shy of pushing themselves forward to score goals. Titans are a formidable team with skilful and sometimes huge players. The Dragons, however, refused to wilt but rather ran at the Titans, and opened the scoring by literally barging through a phalanx of Titans to score. A thoroughly deserved win.

The U14 Boys beat Brook House 5-1 away. The Dragons ensured they got the points on the road in style and retained their 100% win record in the League this season. Incredible.

The U15 Boys lost 2-6 to Old Actonians away. On a positive note, it was a better result than when the Dragons played them last time. The OAs Coach commented on the team’s improvement, however it was not their best football today. On to the next match…

The U16 Boys lost 4-9 to Old Actonians in a lacklustre performance. If the truth be told the Dragons had become complacent. The Dragons can, and indeed should, win the League as they had previously beaten the OA’s. The Dragons must pull up their footballing socks with this reminder of how difficult it is to go all the way and win a title.

The U17 Boys lost 1-3 to London Tigers away. Despite dominating possession in the first half the Dragons had to respond to a quick opposition strike with a nice set piece header to go one apiece at 45 mins. The Dragons pressed and created many chances but ultimately gave away two second half goals on counter attacks. Very nice display of skills but they don’t give you points for that!

The U10s trained in preparation for entering the League.