Month: May 2013

Kensington Dragons U13s 2012-13

U13s shake up almost pays off

Yeading Wanderers 3 vs 2 Kensington Dragons U13s

In preparation for the U13s move to total football philosophy next season, we made a host of positional changes during this game. Right back for example moved to goalie, goalie to centre forward, centre half to midfield, etc etc. Obviously these changes affected the concentration of some of our players including our regular goalie who was caught dreaming of scoring the winning goal as he inexplicably let a soft shot escape his clutches directly into Yeading’s striker who passed the ball into the empty net.

The Dragons were initially struggling to get into any rhythm but as the half wore on our passing started to come together and the equaliser eventually come as our midfielder drove down the left flank and produced a great ball into the box where the chance was converted. However the scores did’nt stay level for long as a Yeading striker broke into our box and slotted the ball away to restore their lead, which they maintained until half time.

The Second half was a bit of a scrappy affair until the last 20 mins. Yeading increased their lead as their striker scrambled the ball into the goal in a fifty/fifty challenge on our goalie, the ref missed the fact he went in studs first. The Dragons responded and started to create and waste clear cut chances. In the closing minutes we won a free kick just outside the area, our midfielder stepped up and Beckham style planted the ball into the right handed side of the goal, to give us hope, but we were unable to grab the equaliser.

Kensington Dragons U13s 2012-13

U13s made to earn mid-week victory

Kensington Dragons U13s 5 v 1 Watling club

There was an air of excitement mixed with a slight wisp of tension as the Dragons arrived at St Mark’s for our relegation dogfight with Watling, to add to the Drama, Watling arrived late and the ref didn’t arrive at all (thanks go to the DOF for stepping in at the last minute to ref the game). The Dragons were out of the blocks quickly, taking control of the early stages of the game. Pinning Watling in their own half and this pressure told and we took the lead as our right midfielder received the ball just inside the penalty area and proceeded to unleash an unstoppable rocket of a shot which flow into the net.

This prompted an immediate substitution by Watling who brought on their late arriving star striker, who had proved our nemesis in previous encounters with Watling, he immediately made his presence known as he seized on a defensive slip and drove into the box and despite pressure from our covering centre half slotted home the equaliser. The Dragons wobbled and again their striker unleashed another shot from the edge of the box but this was saved but created backspin on the ball which had the ball heading into our net, our keeper recovered to stop the ball on the line. The Dragons composed themselves and the rest of the half was even.

The coaches gave a crucial half time talk where tactics were amended and the players  were sent out for the second half. The first ten minutes were a battle with both sides trying to gain an advantage. The Dragons midfield then begun to take control of the game and were given more time on the ball as Watling tired and our tactics of rotating our subs in the first half start to pay dividends . Our wide players started marauding down both flanks and this stretched the Watling defence.  This was exploited firstly by our central midfielder who played a killer pass that found our striker in behind the defence with a well-timed run and finish to give us the lead.

The Dragons extended their lead with a similar goal this time a pass from our left back whose pass split the defence and found our other striker who added to his tally of goals since converting from centre half with a calm finish.  The Dragons defence were standing firm against the few Watling attacks. Our fourth goal was scored by our centre half heading into the roof of the net from close range following a good cross. The icing on the cake was delivered by our last substitution of the game who found himself clear in the penalty area with only the keeper to beat and with virtually his first touch he coolly slipped past the keeper and planted the ball into the empty net to cap a great performance from the team.

Kensington Dragons Girls Squad Photo 2013

KD Girls Football

We are starting girls football for 9-12 and 13-16 year olds.

Every Friday from 11th January – July 2013
From 5.30 to 7.00pm
On half the newly refurbished full sized astro pitch at:
Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd (Off St Helens Gardens) W10 6RP

For more information, please contact the Head Coach at: girlsfootball@kensingtondragons.com

Kensington Dragons U13s 2012-13

Tough times for the U13s

Kensington Dragons U13s 1 V 4 Venceremos

The Dragons took an earlier lead as our striker continued his rich streak off scoring, however the lead did not last long as the opposition equalised. The game was pretty much even for the remainder of the half with both sides working hard to create chances and when they did they found the keeper hard to beat.
Just as it was looking like they would go into half time level, a soft free-kick was conceded just on the edge of our box and converted in style by the Venceremos player as he smashed the ball passed our wall and keeper ripping into the top of our net.
Just as the second half began the weather condition worsened and with the ref being overly fussy, made it hard for both teams to build up any momentum. With the game in the balance a Venceremos midfielder jinked his way past our left back and then proceeded to do a “Tom Daly” and flung himself to the ground. To all our players amazement the ref pointed to the spot. The player dragged himself up and duly converted the penalty.
This injustice spurred on the Dragons, but we were unable to convert pressure into goals and as we tired Venceremos got a fourth at the death.

Ruislip Rangers  4 V 1 Kensington Dragons U13s

On a lovely sunny day that was perfect for football. The Dragons started slowly and it cost them with a well worked goal from Rangers. A quick response from the Dragons resulted in a wonder free kick from all of 25 yards from our midfield player. As the half went on the Dragons nearly took the lead with a well worked throw in.
The second half Dragons started brightly. But the turning point of the match was a badly defended free-kick with the ball crossing the goal line after a double save and scramble. With no subs the Dragons tired with Rangers running out 4-1 winners.

Results Round-Up 05 May 2013

With this long season nearly over many teams had no games:

The U10’s beat Spain 2-1 in their first international. The Dragons kept shape whilst Spain jigged and danced with the ball only to be met by a ruthless defence before the Dragons broke away to score to the consternation of the packed Spanish stand. Spain pulled a goal back as the tempo of play and spectators increased. Indeed such was the aggressive excitement of the Spanish south west stand that the first time referee had to calm certain parents down. The play darted from end to end but it was the Dragons who were sharper and the vital winning goal came minutes from the end. A tremendous Dragons win.

The U15’s beat Springfield 6-0 and then inexplicably drew 1-1 in a double header at St Marks. For once the Dragons combined sublime passing football with application in front of goal to romp home 6-0 in the first leg. The second leg was an altogether different affair – Springfield came out determined to play football, put up a spirited fight and were rewarded by a marginal penalty to go one up. The Dragons woke up, pulverised Springfield to draw level but then could never quite score again to win – fun but irritating as the Dragons could, and should, have won the second leg.

The U17’s beat Pitshanger away 1-0 on Sunday. The Dragons preparations were not ideal with rescue parties having to be dispatched to scour Ealing mopping up stray players searching for elusive bus stops. With the seconds ticking by the last stray Dragon was finally scooped up and the team deposited on the pitch as the starting whistle blew. The Dragons were without a goalie due to injury but their tremendous team effort protected the relief goalie to leave the score at 0-0 five minutes from the end. The Dragons never gave up and finally a smooth pass to their striker was slotted home beautifully. A devastating blow to Pitshanger but elation for the Dragons as they had won the game.

The U17’s on Monday lost 1-2 and then won 4-2 in a double header away against Headstone Manor. The Dragons were again without a keeper but played good football to arrive at half time 1-0 up. Back on the pitch they seemed to be asleep and heartless Headstone took advantage to score twice. The Dragons woke up with a start but too late to recover. It was onto the second leg; the Dragons came out fighting and played excellent football to reach half time 3-1 up. Headstone were sure they could pull the match around and fought back with everything they had but when the final whistle blew the score was 4-2 to the Dragons and a very well deserved win.

The Firsts beat Marsh Rangers 3-2 away. In the opening thirty minutes it was one-way traffic with the Dragons launching wave after wave of attacks and doing everything but score. Finally a goal came near the break to give the Dragons an underwhelming lead at the half. The Rangers then capitalised on a slow Dragons restart to equalise. The Dragons woke up and scored twice. Rangers continued to push and their determined attitude brought them a goal five minutes from time. A less than comfortable win for the Dragons.

The Reserves lost 1-4 away to St Lawrence. For the second time this season the Dragons arrived looking forward to play bottom of table St Lawrence only to find their first team game had been cancelled allowing them to fill their side with Div 1 players. With numerous injuries after 2 cup runs the Dragons fielded four 17 year old debutants and had an average age of just 18. The key man however proved to be the referee who was in a world of his own. Being assessed from the sidelines he decided to take a headmasterly approach from the off and made error after error to leave St Lawrence up at the half. The second half was a dour and niggly affair with the referee punishing the youthful Dragons at every opportunity and booking three players in the process who were struggling to keep quiet in the face of dreadful officiating. Even the home management were apologetic. Still the weather was nice and it is on to the last few games.

First Team keep the pressure on with 3 vital points

Marsh Rangers 2 v 3 Kensington DragonsFC

The first game in the final month of Dragons season and the rhetoric remained ‘Win the next game!’. With a team in the lower half of the league and Dragons having to play them twice in these final run of games it was important to lay down a marker. In the opening thirty minutes of the game it was one-way traffic from the Dragons with wave after wave of attackdoing everything but scoring a goal. Whilst there was caution at the potential threat at the other end it was more when the lead would be taken than if. Then it came, a nice through ball from Malone found Navarro who in his first start for the first team was able to mark it with a goal and send the visitors into the break with an underwhelming lead.

Straight after the restart the home team capitalised from a relaxed approach from their opposition and brought the scoring back level. This woke Dragons up and a determined run from Soussi down the right cut back for Nalu Moso who gave Dragons the lead once more. Some indecisive play in the final third meant the lead was not extended further until the last fifteen minutes when a nice one-two between Nalu Moso and Madden allowed Nalu Moso to extend his and Dragons tally for the day. Marsh Rangers continued to push and their determined attitude brought them a goal five minutes from time. A less than comfortable end to the game for Dragons as a result but with enough to see the game out and claim the three points. The days objective had been achieved if not as convincingly as hoped. Lancaster await Dragons on Tuesday evening leading to the massive title decider against LPOSSA on Saturday.

Reserves lose tough tie at St Lawrence

St Lawrence 4 v 1 Kensington Dragons Reserves

For the second time this season, the Dragons arrived looking forward to playing weaker opposition in bottom of table St Lawrence only to find their first team game had been cancelled due to their own bad organisation, allowing them to fill their side with Div 1 players. With numerous injuries after two cup runs the Dragons fielded four 17 year old debutants and an average age of just 18.

It was clear from the off that they were in for a tougher experience than an assumed confidence building match where the result was never the priority. However, the key man in this game was a referee in a world of his own. Being assessed from the sidelines he decided to take a headmaster approach from the off. His first error was to punish the Dragons captain with a free-kick when he himself had been challenged late. Of course, as the afternoon had begun, it continued and St Lawrence scored from the set piece. Dragons most experienced player then limped off injured and while down to 10 conceded again.

They were also causing some trouble though with Shegun Beckley in the thick of it and he himself drove into the box and won a stone wall penalty. Captain Adam Finch put the spot kick away. Kieran Cox had been replaced by player manager Laycock at the back but he got caught out having not warmed up and the powerful striker drove past him wide to cross for the home sides third.

The second half was a dour and niggly affair, again the referee punishing the youthful Dragons at every opportunity and booking three players in the process who were struggling to keep quiet in the face of some dreadful officiating. They rarely created but defended well until the veteran forward blasted in from 30 yards to finish the scoring off.

Even the home management were apologetic and sympathetic on both the team they fielded and the one sided officiating that seemed to take place. Not the following week from a cup final that the club wanted but the Reserves move on and look to gain 6-9 points in their last 3 tough away games.