The Premiership winning U18’s treated their Trophy cup semi final away to Yeading as an opportunity to give all their players an opportunity to play. Yeading approached the game in rather a more ruthless fashion to be up 0-2 at half time. The Dragons battled back into the game until Yeading swayed the balance again scoring twice before half time to ruin the Dragons proposed half time change of formation and personnel. It was a big ask but the Dragons went out fired up knowing their quality going forward could still turn the game around. Possession was better and as they turned the screw Hayes fell apart, getting two red cards in 10 minutes in what was becoming a feisty affair. The game then fell apart with the referee seemingly not noticing Yeading’s fullback diving full length to save a goal with his hand out stretched to prevent it being 4-2 against 8 men with 20 minutes left. The Dragons knew it was not to be and threw men forward leaving Hayes breaking late on to score a superb solo effort and make it 1-5 at full time. In all rather a spurring game. The U18 Dragons have set the bar higher for their successors and the club salutes them in winning the premiership – not an easy task as Manchester City will attest.
Match date Sunday 13th May.