Kensington Dragons U15A 4 v 1 Ruislip Town B
The U15As finally took to the field having not kicked a ball in anger in our previous 2 fixtures winning both by default. We knew this would be a good test as our opposition had been promoted last season finishing second in their Division. The Dragons started well and won a succession of corners but were unable to capitalise on their early dominance, the highlight of the opening quarter was our ability to play the ball out from the back with a series of one touch passing moves. So it was a surprise when we fell behind as we failed to clear the ball and got caught in possession and the Ruislip Town striker took full advantage.
Not shaken, the Dragons kept to their passing strategy and this produced our equaliser, a one touch move released Corey down the left who steamed down the wing and his cross found our striker Josh JD who controlled the ball and slipped it past the keeper. Then from a Ruislip corner we broke and Bailey ran from the halfway line and slipped past the defender and then around the keeper and calmly put the ball into the empty net. Town responded and a free kick rattled our cross bar but we maintained our lead going into the half time break.
The early stages of the second half where punctuated by several stoppages for injuries and repairs to the nets. A highlight was a crunching tackle by Noah our centre half on a Town midfielder. These stoppages did affect our ability to control the game although Town’s only threat was from free kicks & some booming kicks from their keeper which were so long they out ran their forwards.
Fresh legs were brought on and this restored our dominance as Town tired. Another run down the wing from Corey gave him space to deliver the ball into the penalty area where our striker Emmanuel showed great technique to swivel and volley the ball past their keeper to give us a vital 3-1 advantage. The icing on the cake was another solo effect from Bailey weaving in the box to get off a shot to beat their keeper to round off a good team performance.