A marvellous, energetic weekend of Cup fixtures to make the Dragons proud:
The Firsts drew 2-2 at full time before then losing on penalties in a closely fought Premiership Cup Final against Clapton CFC.
The Dragons immediately went 1 up after a coolly taken penalty and then controlled the game, finding space in the Clapton flanks to cause them problems. It was a similar story after the break as the Dragons netted shortly from a cross into the box which was neatly finished by the Dragons Captain to leave them 2-0 up. Victory was surely in their grasp! Injuries then lead to long pauses which allowed Clapton time to regroup and get back into the game – they scored first from a penalty and then from a glancing header – all within 8 minutes. It was 2-2 at the final whistle and straight onto to penalties. Quite how the Dragons managed to let victory slip away when they controlled the match from the start will be the subject for historians to debate for years to come. It was nevertheless an exciting fun day out in glorious sunshine for the hoards of Dragons fans who watched their team play quality, direct football that all the young Dragons watching can aspire to.
The U11 and U12 Boys had no matches.
The U13 Boys beat Pinnstars 8-1 at home to reach the Semi Finals of the League Trophy Cup. The Dragons were the superior side by far and were clinical in front of goal as their end of season form withstood Quarter Final nerves. Whilst not a true test of their quality, the Dragons had to stay focused to be sure to get the result they expected. Tougher challenges lie ahead as the Semi Finals loom!
The U14 Boys had no game.
The U15 Boys beat Brook House 5-1 away in the League Trophy Cup to also reach the Semi Finals. As the Dragons players haphazardly searched the wilds of outer London to find the pitch, their fans searched anxiously for them as they emerged over various horizons. To compound a sense of footballing doom, the Dragons had not played a competitive match for months. The minute the whistle blew however the Dragons stiffened their sinews and snapped into action to run circles around the good-natured Brook House who accepted their drubbing with sportsmanlike humour.
The U16 Boys were beaten 0-4 away by St Josephs in the QF of the League Trophy Cup. The Dragons drew a tough draw, coming up against St Josephs who are 2nd in the Premier Division. Two mistakes in the first half contributed to a 0-3 deficit at half time. The Dragons played a much better second half but were unable to get on the score sheet. When reflecting on the season, it is clear how much stronger the Dragons ended compared to the start. They expect a very strong 2022/23.
The U10 Boys trained.
The U16 Girls had no game.
The U14 Girls were awarded an automatic home win against Ickenham who couldn’t field a side.
The U13 Girls were beaten 1-4 away at Most Wanted Elite. The Dragons were by far the better side in the first half with most of the game going down the right-hand side. It was 1-1 at half time with all to play for but after a good start, the Dragons ran out of steam as Most Wanted took advantage of tired legs.
The U12 and U11 Girls had no games.