Heathrow Club Youth FC 3 – 7 Kensington Dragons U14 Eagles
It wasn’t quite purple Hayes, but the Dragons certainly brought welcome patches of colour to a damp, fog-shrouded West London this Sunday.
Bright, creative and hungry for the ball, our boys carried on from where they’d left 2012. The opposition bustled like their airport (albeit with fewer strikes) but after a hearty start from both sides it was the Eagles who really took flight. And though our early break was cancelled out by a soft penalty (their eager striker colliding with a slice of late-departing fog) our class was always going to tell. While the home side laboured in Economy, we showed great maturity by appearing as comfortable in Business (with hard, direct balls to the our tireless forwards) as First (with patient passing, crafty movement and slick finishing to delight the connoisseur).
Five-one up at half-time, there were signs of easing in the second as the heavy pitch drew strength from weary legs. Heathrow pulled two back against the run of play, but for them it was all too late. The damage was terminal and despite a flurry of scything tackles the roaring Dragons jinked and skipped their way to an emphatic 7:3 victory. These Eagles, it appears, have most definitely landed.