Month: March 2013

Reserves earn a point in Osterley Derby

CB Hounslow Social Reserves 1 v 1 Kensington Dragons Reserves

Having had a couple of weeks off due to postponements the Reserves looked to gain a second win in a few weeks over the league’s feisty participants. After having upset the odds in the reverse fixture it was clear from the off that CB wanted blood and would try to win at all costs to stay top of the league.

The Dragons started superbly, using the wind along with Ade Akerdolu’s and Dean Humphrey’s long throws they gained solid territorial advantage. Humphrey launched one down the line and striker Laycock ran on in behind to force an excellent save from the small but agile CB Keeper. Steve Cahill, in  a new No 10 role then could have scored with his head from close range but scuffed wide. At set pieces CB were trying everything in defending. Grappling, pulling, tripping and even a full on rugby tackle as they knew they were under the cosh. However they held out and late on in the half forced a tremendous save from Ian Whitmore on his debut, tipping over at full length. HT 0-0.

CB stepped it up in the second half and the game was very tight but getting very hot under the collar. Constant baiting from CB was handled well from the predominantly young Dragons but they were beginning to struggle in midfield with Adam Finch and Humphrey working tirelessly but not at their best in playmaking. As CB changed shape and pushed on they began to look dangerous but both Dragon center backs, Jon Dixon and Kieran Cox, were in imperious form against a very good striker. As they entered the final 5 minutes the No 9 finally turned Dixon well and his cross shot was hooked on the turn by his strike partner to wrong foot Whitmore and the home team celebrated as if they had won the Champions League final. Once the Dragons had listened to 2 minutes of outrageous taunts from CB they focused on trying to burst the home teams balloon with just a couple of minutes left. Into injury time they won a corner and everyone came forward, Humphrey drilled one in and Akerdolu rose to thump a header onto the inside of the post, it squirted through the 6 yard box and man of the match Cahill ran in to level the game. Ridiculous protests followed from CB but thankfully for once the referee was unmoved and the Dragons had preserved their 13 game unbeaten run whilst probably ending CB’s title hopes with Southall sitting a point behind but 3 games in hand.

Firsts progress in MCFL Cup

Kensington Dragons 1 v 0 Supreme Athletic

With yet another weather enforced break Dragons needed to get this third round cup game played as the fixtures are already beginning to pile up. Playing against a team that dramatically knocked them out of a different cup at the semi-final stage on penalties two years ago, the Dragons were keen to come out on top. The quality of the pitch was not great but Dragons have a way so far this season of adapting their way of play to get the result over the performance. With personal battles all over the pitch the physical contest was the most obvious in the first thirty minutes of the game. It was at that point Dragons would start to express their footballing qualities and carve out the best goal scoring opportunities the best of which came from a great ball from full-back Maxwell to Samin who was not able to take the ball in his stride. Dragons felt confident that an improvement in their game would see them progress and for large parts of the second period thats exactly what happened. It was no surprise when on seventy minutes a diagonal ball found the excellent Mariner, who played a cross field ball to Malone his deep cross to the back post found Mariner still on the move and a deft header back across goal allowed O’Donoghue to nod the ball into an empty net. There seemed little in terms of a response from the opposition until the last five minutes when a guilt edge chance was crashed against the bar and gave Dragons a deserved victory. The quarter-final against Hillingdon will be played this week.

Results Round-Up 24 March 2013

Fellow Despondent Dragons

As the snow and sleet swept over the country all the Dragons games were called off. The historically minded might be surprised to find that, whilst the weather has generally been fine at this time of year, we did have a similar upset in 2008. Looking back at the same weekend:

2012: A glorious weekend saw: The First Team beat Sandgate 3-0 at home…..

2011: A typical spring weekend saw some regret with the clocks going forward: The U18’s beat Chelsea Elite 3-2 at St Marks ……

2010: A pleasant day saw much excitement. The U12’s beat Pinner Albion 3-2 and then 3-0 in a double header at St Marks……..

2009: It was wonderful to be alive in the brilliant sunshine with a miserable winter behind us: The First Team beat Hillingdon FC 3-2 in the Semi Final of the MCFL Semi Final……….

2008: After a pleasant Saturday Dragons everywhere settled down for the night looking forward to a full slate of matches secure in the knowledge that the weather forecasts were wrong. Sunday morning revealed a world covered in snow and smug forecasters…………..

2007: No doubt there are teams out there who will beat the Dragons but they have been a bit quiet for the last few weeks:………..

2006: A good week: U14’s gain promotion; U12’s finish undefeated in their division………………..

2005: Another splendid week: The U11’s beat League leaders Pitshanger 8-0 away……………………

Yours Dragonally

Chris
Hon. Sec.

First win away to Chiswick in the league

Chiswick 1 v 3 Kensington Dragons

With an enforced week of rest due to the manager taking his nuptials, the Firsts had an away trip to a Chiswick side who since the start of the year have lost all games in the league but won two cup games to get into a final. A potential banana skin for Dragons and the bitter cold  weather would test the desire of the players and a very even start to the game would prove both sets of players were up for it. Dragons slick play soon got in motion and Soussi  one on one could only find the keeper whilst at the other end Chiswick’s top scorer shook the upright. With Dragons wasteful in front of goal through a dominant period of play they would find themselves behind as a slip at the back was clinically finished.

The attitude from the players was not to panic but to continue with the tempo and quality of play that had created chances and the philosophy was proved right as some great play down the right and a one-two between Nalu Moso and Mariner allowed Nalu Moso to end his goal drought with a tidy finish. Though there were a number of chances to go into the break ahead, it would not be the case and Dragons would have to settle for level pegging.

Dragons changed their setup for the second period and had the opposition pinned back from the start and knew that a draw would harm their title charge. The attacks came wave by wave from Dragons but as hard as they tried they just weren’t able to get the break. The first change from the bench came with fifteen minutes to go and Dragons remained calm under pressure and kept to their philosophy. With six minutes to play a swift move down the left had Scott attacking the byline and firing a cross to find one of the subs Samin at the far post to finally give Dragons the lead. Now momentum was with the away side and another move down the left hand side led to a cross finding Samin who finished the game as a contest and secured another three points.

Results Round-Up 17 March 2013

Dear o dear – another wet week lead to most Dragons reading their football skills manuals rather than playing:

The U10’s drew 3-3 on aggregate on Saturday with South Ealing Saints. The Saints came with two full teams and were pleased when the enthusiastic Dragons said they would gladly have their one team take on both Saints teams  – one after another. The first game was evenly matched until the Dragons had a glorious 2 minutes when they hammered home 2 goals to secure a 3-1 win. The second game was also close with the new, fresh legged Saints scoring twice against the tiring Dragons. Enough was enough and the Dragons drew deep collective breaths and started to hammer away at the Saints goal. Never before have so many shots just slipped the wrong side of the posts. The Dragons massed fans could hardly bear the excitement and many heard the final whistle with mixed feelings. A great result from the maturing U10’s side.

The U13’s lost 2-4 to Acton Ealing Whistlers in a theoretical home match. With the St Marks pitch waterlogged the dynamic and selfless Dragons manager rearranged the home fixture at short notice to play away at AEW at Foxwood. AEW were less generous and used the home advantage to squeeze past the Dragons to win.

All other match were off due to waterlogged pitches.

Results Round-Up 10 March 2013

Spring opened the door and then firmly shut it again to allow the wind, wet and cold back in:

The Firsts beat LPOSSA 2-1 away in a mouth watering head to head intense match between the division leaders. The Dragons opened the scoring from twenty yards and then had LPOSSA pinned back in their own half to score again to make it two nil. As the interval drew nearer LPOSSA launched a long ball to catch the Dragons off guard to score and make it 1-2 at the break. LPOSSA came back out determined to claw their way back into the game and launched wave after wave of attacks. The Dragons held firm and were glad that three match officials had been appointed for such an important match when they judged correctly that an LPOSSA shot had not crossed the goal line and the win was sealed.

The Reserves drew 1-1 with Hillingdon. Unbeaten in 10 games the Reserves arrived confident of finally beating Hillingdon having lost to them in their last 5 encounters. The Dragons started superbly winning everything in the air and pressing high up the pitch. However in typical “football” style Hillingdon were first to net on the break when they scored from a tackled clearance. The Dragons responded well and finally, just before half time, equalised via a penalty. The second half was one way traffic with the Dragons creating the opportunities only to be thwarted at the last gasp to leave the final score a draw.

The U17’s lost 0-4 away to FC Kensington at Wormwood Scrubs in the local Derby. With a late 1.30pm kick-off the already inclement weather, with a strong biting north-easterly wind combined with the churned up wet muddy pitch, proved to be totally the wrong conditions for the Dragons. After having most of the first half possession the Dragons conceded a goal the only time FCK ventured from their own half. There was all to play for in the second half but, despite very skilful play from the dogged Dragons, they were rewarded with hits on the cross-bar and near misses whilst FCK went on to score run away goals. An odd result with the only redeeming feature being able to escape the cold and get home.

The U15’s lost 0-3 away to C.B.Hounslow on a dank dark muddy pitch in a most peculiar game. The Dragons played on occasion almost sublime passing football but were incapable of actually scoring. Time after time superb passing moves moved the ball up to Hounslow’s end but then nothing much happening when it arrived there. “Goals win Games”, not displays of brilliance which are better left to synchronized swimmers.

The U14 Nighthawks lost 0-2 then won 4-1 in a double header vs Princess Park B at the freezing Wormwood Scrubs. The Dragons could have won the first game but missed too many opportunities. In the second match the Dragons dominated from the beginning to win. Statisticians noted how the same teams playing on the same pitch produced two completely different matches where both teams deserved their victory.

The U13’s had no game.

The U11’s lost away 2-7 to Watling in a freezing cold Sunday in Burnt Oak on a pitch more suited for mud wrestling. The Dragons started with explosive style scoring a quality early goal and it looked like they were on fire. Watling had other ideas and started to ease their way back into the game. As the match turned from football to ‘stuck in the mud’ the Dragons sat back, lost their rhythm and conceded a hand full of goals to lose the game 7-2. A game not to be remembered.

The U10’s training was called off as the pitch was closed. Next Saturday they have the return leg with South Ealing Saints and the week after a match with the Spanish school

The Girls training was also called off due to the weather but will be on again this Friday.

Reserves miss chance to beat Hillingdon

Kensington Dragons Reserves 1 v 1 Hillingdon ReservesUnbeaten in 10 the Reserves arrived in confident mood of getting a first win over their bogey team Hillingdon. Having lost to them 5 times on the bounce in previous years, twice in semi finals, this was a great chance to put the ghost to rest, particularly with a strong looking squad.

They started superbly, pressing high up the pitch and midfielders Emmanuel Alexander and Adam Finch clearly winning their battles from the outset. Striker Jon Laycock was winning everything in the air and the wide men and number 10 had numerous attempts to get in behind from flick ons. However the ball seemingly wouldn’t fall as they needed. Reiss Corr had a good early chance but just missed the far post with his snapshot. Winger Steve Cahill then got onto another flick but pulled his finish when one on one. They looked comfortable and just needed the opening goal to open the floodgates. However in typical “football” style Hillindgon were first to net on the break. A tackled clearance flew upfield and found the striker lunging first time to catch keeper Erwin Guy going the wrong way and the ball found the corner.

The Dragons responded well though and continued to press, finally just before half time they equalised. Corr took on his man and drove into the box. His attempted pinged cross to Laycock smacked a hillingdon arm and the ref blew for a deserved penalty. Dean Humphrey, superb at the back again, stepped up and kept his composure as the referee took forever to locate the spot to smash home from 12, or possibly 14 yards!

The second half was one way traffic. Billy Maxwell, his ears ringing from a half time management rant, was superb down the left. 4 or 5 times he drove and jiggled his way to the byline but every lay back was missed or found a defensive boot. As time wore on Hillingdon became more ragged and under pressure. Humphrey’s quick corner found Maxwell but his deflected header fell to Laycock who leant back and blazed over from 5 yards. Five minutes later, Maxwell did brilliantly again to wrong foot his defender and laid off a superb ball for Laycock to run on to in the box with just the keeper to beat. However the out of form number 9 only found the Hillingdon keeper when he should have given him no chance at all. There was just time for one last chance, the much improved Corr bamboozling the defence and striking on his wrong foot from 20 yards but his shot agonisingly just grazed the post.

Dean Humphrey Kensington Dragons Reserves
Dean Humphrey Kensington Dragons Seniors and U13s Manager

 

Firsts win to pull ahead in top of the table clash

LPOSSA 1 v 2 Kensington Dragons

A mouth watering head to head at the top of division was in store for Dragons this weekend as an advantage in the title race would welcome the winner.

Both teams started the game with high intensity but it would be Dragons who showed the better quality on the ball with slick passing and sharp movement. This would yield the first real opening when a ball from midfield found the run of Soussi who was clattered by the on rushing keeper. The ball ricocheted to Nalu Moso who from twenty yards guided the ball into the unguarded goal to open the scoring. The momentum firmly with Dragons had the opposition pinned back in their own half and a tough tackle from the ever improving Malone set Soussi raiding down the right again and the keeper rushed into no man’s land. Soussi evaded his challenge and crossed for Mariner but the clearence subsequently fell at the feet of O’Donoghue who showed the same composure as the first goal to pass the ball into the net and make it two nil.

Evasive action was taken by the opposition as they took off their left back for a forward to claw a way back into the game. It would not materialise as Dragons continued to carve out chances but none were taken. As the interval approched a long ball was latched onto by the LPOSSA forward and his early shot caught the keeper, Hills, off guard and meant a goal would separate the teams for the start of the second half.

The resolve of Dragons being able to defend a lead would be tested for one of the few occasions this season with this being their biggest test to date.  As wave after wave of attacks were being repelled and tactics and personnel changed  Dragons held firm though it was the fact that three match officials were used for such an important match that made the difference as a contentious decision on the Dragons goal line was judged to have not crossed the line and with that the win sealed.

KD Seniors MCFA Cup final dates

It is with great pride that we can announce, both our Senior teams are through to their respective County Cup finals. Put the dates in the diary and come and support the teams. More details will follow shortly. Contact seniors@kensingtondragons for more information.

MCFA Junior Cup Final

Kensington Dragons FC (First) VS NPL Saturday F.C (First)

10/04/2013

KO 7.30pm

Ground: Bedfont Sports Club
Hatton Road
Bedfont
Middlesex
TW14 9QS

MCFA Junior Trophy Final

Barnet Municipal Officers FC (First) VS Kensington Dragons FC (Reserves)

17/04/2013

KO 7.30pm

Ground: Feltham FC
The Orchard
Hatton Road
Bedfont
Middlesex
TW14 9QT

 

Results Round-Up 03 March 2013

Spring is looking suspiciously close as the Adult Dragons booked their way into their second Cup Final:

The Firsts beat Cricklewood Wanderers 3-1 at home in the semi final of the Middlesex County Cup to continue their winning ways. The Final will be played on 10 April against NPL FC at Bedfont FC, Hatton Rd, Bedfont, Middx TW14 9QS. Kick off 7.30pm – all welcome.

The Reserves beat British Airways 2-1 away at the Concorde Stadium in the Middlesex League Cup quarter final. Despite the beautiful pitch and strong squad the Dragons started slowly but still managed to take the lead on 10 minutes via an unusual penalty – BA’s keeper saved well only for the ball to be smashed again but again the keeper made a brilliant stop only to be thwarted as the Dragons eventually found the net. With the ref seemingly trying to even things up BA were awarded their own penalty and it was 1-1 into the break. A stern talking to lead the Dragons to pick up speed to pull ahead to 2-1. BA almost pulled level but a superb Dragons full stretch save literally saved the day to leave the Dragons winners. The Reserves have already booked a County Cup final v Barnet Municipal Officers FC on 17 April at Feltham FC, The Orchard, Hatton Road, Bedfont, Middx TW14 9QT. KO 7.30. All welcome

The U17’s beat Ariana 3-1 away. The Dragons were missing key defenders and the game promised to be a challenge. All was well with the world however as the sun shone on a reasonable pitch with the Dragons pleased to play football. Despite creating chances it was not until the dying minutes of the first half that the Dragons went one up. Back on the pitch the Dragons scored again but then began to rest whilst scoring from another tap in before a late surge by Ariana gave them their own goal.

The U15’s drew with league leaders LNER 1-1 away. With the goalie and others released from duty to take part in DofE it was a potentially shaky Dragons squad who travelled to the depths of North Wembley. With the Dragons early retired striker stepping in as goalie without a tracksuit, coldness, indecision and lack of experience gifted LNER the first goal and the situation looked grim. The Dragons took a deep breath, dug in and fought back to 1-1 before the excitable referee gave LNER a penalty. The hapless Dragons goalie looked forlorn as the confident LNER striker strode up to whack the ball hard and low to the side. The Dragons goalie leapt into action and pulled off a remarkable save. The drama was not over as the even more excitable referee then sent off a Dragon. The Dragons however refused to give in and played as if they had 11 players and were unlucky not to score to win.

The U14 Nighthawks lost 2-3 at home to Pinner. The Dragons found themselves 1-0 up at the half but in an exciting second half could not quite win.

The U14 Eagles match against Pinnstars was cancelled in the unusual circumstance of the Pinnstars manager being very ill.

The U13’s beat Hillingdon 4-3 away with the Dragons having virtually a full squad. The game was a classic – swinging to and fro. Hillingdon scored first via a penalty but the Dragons responded with their midfield inter passing to the striker to score. The Dragons then took the lead with another well worked move from midfield. Hillingdon came straight back and won a penalty which went wide only for the ref to order the penalty to be taken again. Their 2nd effort was then well saved by the Dragons keeper leaving them 2-1 up at half time. The second half started badly with Hillingdon being gifted a goal before they then took the lead. It was now that the Dragons rotation of subs played a crucial role as relatively fresh players came on to attack and draw level. With the game in the balance the ball fell to the Dragon midfielder to unleash a wonder strike which ripped into Hillingdon’s net to give the Dragons a hard fought win.

The U11’s lost 0-4 to AFC Wembley away

The U10’s continue to train at St Marks on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11.30am in preparation for their game on March 16th against South Ealing Saints.

The Girls continue to train on Friday evenings on the big pick at the Westway from 5.30-7.00pm.