Month: September 2012

The U13s sure up at the back

Kensington Dragons 1 v Ruislip Rangers 1
After conceding 14 goals in our last two matches, Coach Dean worked on the team’s defensive organisation during the training session prior to this match and the positives were reflected in the scoreline.
The was a tight match from start to finish with the first 50 mins dominated by the defences of each team with each side creating a limited number of half chances but every time an opening developed it was snuffed out by a covering defender.
As the teams tired in the last 20 mins chances become more frequent and Ruislip had the ball in the net only to be ruled out for offside. The Dragons pushed on playing some neat passing moves which eventually lead to the opening goal after the ball pinged around the Ruislip penalty area and eventually fell to an unmarked Ben who stroked the ball into the net from 6 yards out.
Ruislip then had a period of pressure which led to their equaliser. After the Dragons defended a series of crosses, the opposition striker found some space and managed to loop a header over our keeper and into the net to level the scores.

U14B Eagles finally spread their wings

Pitshanger 1 v 8 Kensington Dragons U14B Eagles

We’ve been threatening to do this for some time – and after a tough season in which our commitment to style and imagination had too often been bludgeoned by our opposition’s dedication to the aerial game, here it was: an 8-1 victory away to a spirited but ultimately overwhelmed Pitshanger FC.

We started well, passing, moving, thinking our way forward – but our boys still kept us waiting: would this be another promising game lost to the opponents’ big man up front? Luckily they didn’t have one and once the first sure shot found the net the Eagles spread their wings and provided a great feast of fast, creating, attacking football.

There was time for the coach to experiment with three at the back in the second half (handy for the challenges ahead) and when Pitshanger scored from the kick-off at 5-0 down there was an invaluable reminder of how to keep your head when things seem, unusually, to be going so well.

So as we made our way back East in the early Autumn afternoon there was time to reflect on a great win, well deserved, built on a fresh centre-back pairing that is surely the finest this side of the Hanger Gyratory. There will be tougher tests this term, for sure, but something else is certain too: there’s a sense in the Eagles’ camp that we might just be starting to fly.

Results Round-Up 30 September 2012

The new U11’s beat Acton Ealing Whistlers 5-1 at St Marks. With both diminutive teams darting around the huge pitch between blades of grass it was not always easy to distinguish play. The Whistlers started well with an opening goal momentarily deflating the Dragons. The game then ebbed and flowed before a tremendous Dragons run ended with the ball being slammed into the Whistlers’ net. The Dragons then never looked back and controlled the game to the end, scoring as they went, to secure their first win.

The U13’s drew 1-1 with Ruislip Rangers at St Marks. After conceding 14 goals in their last two matches the Dragons Coach had worked on their defensive organisation to good effect. The first 50 mins was dominated by both defences snuffing out scoring opportunities. As the teams tired the opportunities became more frequent and eventually some neat passing lead to an opening Dragons goal. Ruislip pressed and were rewarded with a looping header just going over the Dragons keeper to level the scores. Frustrating but possibly a fair result

The U14 Eagles walloped Pitshanger 8-1 away as a just reward after a tough season in which their commitment to style and imagination had too often been bludgeoned by the opposition’s dedication to the aerial game. The Dragons started well, passing, moving, thinking their way forward but it was some time before their first sure shot found Pitshanger’s net and the Eagles could spread their wings. The Dragons coach experimented with three at the back and when Pitshanger scored at 5-0 down it was a reminder to keep ones collective football head when things seem, unusually, to be going so well. This was a second great well deserved League win, built on a fresh centre-back pairing that is surely the finest this side of the Hanger Gyratory. There will be tougher tests but something else is certain: there’s a sense in the Eagle’s camp that we might just be starting to fly.

The U14 Nighthawks had no game

The U15’s beat CB Hounslow 4-3 in a thrilling game at home. With a full squad and most players on their best behaviour the Dragons were the equal of a large, tough Hounslow side. Goal followed goal and as the Dragons tired Hounslow pulled ahead in the last 15 minutes to lead 2-3. The Dragons dug deep and did what they do best – play fast, competitive football to overwhelm Hounslow in the final few minutes to score again to then to lodge a magnificent winning goal.

The U17’s had no game

The Reserves beat British Airways 3-2 away to remain unbeaten. BA started well via a long ball catching out the centre halves for their striker to score. The Dragons woke up and controlled possession in midfield but struggled to create chances against and well marshalled BA back 4. The second half was dominated by the referee who constantly punished the Dragons by awarding dangerous free kicks which had to be well handled by the keeper. Eventually the Dragons fell behind again on 65 minutes. The coaches replaced the Dragons front two and suddenly the West London boys were dominant and a terrific pass lead to a calm finish. With 5 minutes left the Dragons pressed for victory but smashed the ball over the cross bar before the BA goalie fluffed a scuffed shot to let it trickle home. This was a really well earned, hard fought victory.

The First Team beat Hounslow Wanderers 2-1 at Birbeck in the first round of the Cup. Early pressure created chances and it seemed only a matter of time before a goal came. An attack down the left resulted in a Dragons free kick and the delivery was kept alive to be finished beating the keeper. Another free kick extended the Dragons lead. The Wanderers found a way back into the game with yet another free kick and a possible epic second half battle was on the cards except that such was the Dragons dominance that it was they who went thorough to the second round.

Dragons leave it late to beat league leaders

The Dragons’ Reserve squad arrived at Concorde Stadium in good spirits after an unbeaten start to the season. However a tougher test was ahead, away to British Airways’ second team, senior reserve league toppers. They started tentatively with errors strewn across the back four and midfield in the opening moments. A long ball caught out the center halves and the striker ran in to put the home side one up. This seemed to wake up the Dragons and slowly but surely they began to retain possession and push forward. A deep cross found the young number 10 Louay Da Costa who’s air shot could have ended in embarrassment until he smashed the second attempt into the far corner. Kieran Cox and Ade Akerdolu were now in more dominant mood and provided the platform for Emmanuel Alexander and Goran Al Sourohi to control possession in midfield. However they struggled to create chances against a well marshalled BA back 4.

The second half was one dominated early by the referee, constantly punishing the away side with dangerous free kick awards. Keeper Joseph Muyanja was equal to each of them. They fell behind again on 65 minutes, Billy Maxwell caught on the ball in his own half led to a powerful drive which beat Muyanja. The coaches replaced the front two to give the BA defence a different kind of threat. Suddenly the west London boys were dominant and a terrific pass from Jack Lyons put Shegun Beckley clean through, he finished calmly and restored parity. With 5 minutes left they then pressed for the winner and after a Reiss Corr piledriver, Beckley smashed over the cross bar and he thought he had blown the chances of claiming all 3 points. Suddenly Maxwell burst onto the scene and delivered to Beckley who turned and scuffed a shot to the keeper, who, to the Dragons delight, proceeded to dive over the ball and let it trickle home. They saw out the final 2 minutes and enjoyed a really well earned and hard fought victory. FT 2-3

A new home but a similar result for the First Team

MCFA Junior Cup – Kensington Dragons 2 v 1 Hounslow Wanderers Reserves

This first round match was Dragons first game at Birkbeck, their new home ground. The team was unchanged from last weeks win against Chiswick and the start was lively from the home side who were respectful of the Premier Division Reserve side. The early pressure from the attacks created some good chances though none were taken, it seemed only a matter of time. Another attack down the left resulted in a free kick in a good attacking area and the delivery was kept alive and Jon Dixon was on hand to place his finish beyond the keeper. The half continued on in the same vain with only a cutting edge missing from the Dragons play. With another free kick awarded in a favourable area Dragons extended their lead with Geoff Nalu Moso able to apply the the finish to a ball into the box. Not long after though Wanderers found a way back in the game with another free kick not dealt with and this time Wanderers took advantage of the tap in. This set-up a possible epic second half but such was Dragons dominance, it never materialised and the score line should have been doubled if not tripled but the win saw the Dragons enter the second round knowing they can still improve.

2012 Kensington Dragons AGM

The 2012 Kensington Dragons AGM will be held on Monday 8th October at 8pm at:

Parish Room

St Helens Church

St. Helen’s Gardens

North Kensington

W10 6LP

All players, parents and supporters are welcome to attend. Please confirm attendance by email to:

Hon Sec (Youth): Chris Shirley |  honsec@kensingtondragons.com

Harsh lesson for Dragons U17s

The U17’s lost 5-2 away to LNER in the league cup.

A bare bones squad arrived in Sudbury in the filthiest of weather with a bare 11. They started well and dominated possession but found it hard to break through 2 excellent opposition center backs. They spurned a couple of half chances and then seemed to have earned a penalty but the fill in LNER coach/referee felt the pressure and said no. They paid the price after 30 minutes following a defensive midfield error and scored from their first chance. The Dragons though responded well and finally the swift striker broke free and finished his one on one with aplomb. The second half started poorly and again individual errors cost them at the back. It was quickly 3-1 and the coach switched to a 3-5-2 which could have been done earlier. The shape improved and quickly they equalised through the second striker, again finishing a one on one well. The number 9 then had a great chance to draw level but clipped the bar again when clean through. As if to prove a point, the Dragons then made two more howlers at the back and the game was lost. The young dragons need to learn to eradicate individual errors, this game was one they should have won.

Pinner Utd 8 Dragons 3

The Dragons started brightly in our first league game of the season, twice taking the lead firstly Daniel scoring with a bullet header and then Archie with a cool finish. But then Pinner took control with some excellent play, the Dragons did not help themselves with some sloppy defending. Although the Dragons grabbed a 3rd from Shaq, we started the second half  6-3 down. There was a marked improvement in defence but unfortunately the dragons did not add to their goal tally with a missed penalty and went on to conceded two more.

Dragons Reserves sail through County Cup opener

The reserves beat Hillingdon 3rds 5-1 away in the MCFA County Cup.

For the first time this season the Dragons arrived for a game with strength in depth. With a great mix of youth and experience confidence was high and they settled into this cup tie nicely looking dangerous from the off. After 15 minutes of looking dangerous they took the lead. Justas Krisciunas, outstanding in the first half,  scored his 3rd of the season after closing down the nervy Hillingdon goalie. The keeper tried to Cruyff turn but the winger read it and nicked the ball to make the score 1-0. Fullbacks Jack Lyons and Hassan Osman were now taking turns in galavanting down the opposite wings, the latter linking up well with Billy Maxwell down the left.  5 minutes later it was 2-0 with Maxwell bamboozling swarths of defenders and found the perfect finish.  He then created the 3rd, smashing a deep cross for player/manager Jon Laycock to chest down and prod home. The second half started a little quietly but an error gave Hillingdon a spark of life at 3-1. However this supposed ignition was quickly extinguished by Adam Finch. Firstly finishing a good direct team move again involving Maxwell and then made it a brace with a stunning curled finish after Laycock cut the ball back. There was just time for a brilliant penalty save too from Ramsay McCulloch, again filling in between the sticks as the new keeper retired hurt. FT 1-5 and a promising cup run awaits.

First Team title challenge back on track!

Kensington Dragons 4 v 2 Chiswick

The intent of Dragons’ title ambitions were to be confirmed against Chiswick as to whether they could bounce back after a disappointing defeat last week. A few changes to the line-up were made and the first 20 minutes showed justification if such with possession and chances dominated by the home side but the same lack of decisiveness in front of goal kept it goalless. Chiswick were happy to play on the counter attack and it was from one of these attacks that the score was opened when a raid down the left was not stopped and with time and space granted on the edge of the area, the Chiswick striker curled a neat finish into the net. To the credit of Dragons they did not panic, just continued to create chances and a precise ball from Hamilton Bowler found Steve Cahill who drove into the box and cut back for Geoff Nalu Moso to open his account for the season. One quickly became two for the home side when Chiswick failed to clear a corner allowing Seymour Scott to run at the defender and draw the foul and penalty which was converted by Tom Madden. Just as quickly going into the lead, Dragons were pegged back when Chiswick’s best player on the day capitalised on some weak defending to bring the team in at the break level. A higher intensity was set by the home team after the restart and just over the hour mark Cahill headed in powerfully from a nice ball into the box. Chiswick were all at sea at this point and Nalu Moso was in no mood to let a chance for his brace go by, drilling in a half volley. The score line was flattering to the opposition in the end but Dragons will look to gain momentum from this performance.