November 09 2014
Harrow Youth League Division 3
Kensington Dragons U15A 2 v 2 Yeading Wanderers
Scorers Danny , Korey
A testing game was expected as we faced our old nemesis Yeading Wanderers at LCS and this perception turned into reality. After a minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday was impeccably observed by all concerned the battle commenced. The Dragons employed their centre half Danny as centre forward for this match to increase our physical presence up front.
The early stages saw the Dragons controlling the game without creating any clear cut chances and it was very much against the run of play that Yeading took the lead from a corner which followed the typical premiership routine of shirt pulling, pushing etc. causing the ref to “have a word” with a few of the offenders. The corner was then duly taken and the ball sailed through our 6 yard box through our keeper hands (unfortunately the ref failed to spot he had been pushed in the back) straight onto the head of an unmarked forward who despatched into the net.
The Dragons fought back and an equaliser was not long incoming as Danny picked up a loose ball in the box and passed the ball into the net. He nearly scored again shortly after a deft chip went over their keeper but also just went over the crossbar. The Dragons took the lead shortly before halftime as Korey cut in from the right and unleashed an unstoppable shot from the right edge of the penalty area which smashed into the net.
The Wanderers wound up by their coach’s halftime talk came out in determined mood and obviously had a plan to close us down earlier than they had in the first half as they tightened up their marking. Even to the extent our linesman was also being man marked by a member of their coaching staff! The Dragons continued to pass the ball but were guilty of giving the ball away allowing Yeading to use their favoured tactic of hitting their physical forward early which did prove effective but both sides failed to add to the goal tally.
That is until Yeading won another corner and scored directly from it as the ball somehow found its way into the net at the near post beating our defender who was positioned there. It turns out the goalpost moved from its original position allowing a gap to appear. These things seem to happen when we play Yeading. The Dragons went in search of a winner and created a few chances but were guilty of going for glory and wasted the chances. As one of the runners using the LCS track stated after the game, “You were the better team but were guilty of showboating.” These wasted chances nearly proved costly as only a fingertip save from our keeper Tom pushing a fiercely hit shot onto the post stopped us from dropping all 3 points and allowed us to collect a hard fought but valuable point