Month: September 2013

U15 Eagles

U15B gather pace with win over Forest Utd

Kensington Dragons U15B 5 v 1  Forest Utd

The leaves may have started to fall but the spirit of these Dragons is definitely rising. After a disappointing opening game we’ve stepped up a level each weekend since. Looking for a first win of the season, our appetites were sharpened by the promise of a tasty cup run ­ and our boys wasted no time getting stuck in to a meaty opposition. They weren’t slouches, and as they fitfully showed, they had plenty of skill in key areas. But we were simply irresistible all over the park, each of our three first-half goals a triumph of sparkling, spirited teamwork.

Forest responded well in the second but we continued to dig the ball out of a thickly wooded mid-field, feed the wings and move the ball skillfully to their bye-line. This way opportunities came and went, with quick jinks into the box, fine lobs, the occasional long-range shot, but soon we made it four. And while they pulled one back on the break we crushed any hopes of a response with a final combination from a hard-won free kick. And as the sun showed its pleasure by delaying its autumnal departure for just one more weekend of Dragon delights, the hard-working coaching team could sit back and bask in a great deal of credit. There are plenty of challenges ahead ­ but we increasingly look like meeting them.

 

U16s hit 8 in League Cup

The U16’s beat Manor Youth away 8-3 in the League Cup. The omens were not auspicious. With the veteran Manager having to step in to rouse the initial bare 11 with no goal keeper he could have been apprehensive when Manor’s Manager broke the news that the “ref hadn’t turned up” but “luckily” one of their parents “could ref“. The U16’s are not however a normal team, there is within them a grit and steel which refuses to get crushed for long – reverses yes but giving in no. The match started evenly but gradually the Dragons pulled away to dominate and after a couple of hundred missed chances scored enough to win with ease. The improvement continues.

U14B progress in League Cup

Kinja 1 v 2 Kensington Dragons U14B

The under 14B Dragons came from behind for a gritty 2-1 victory over Kinja.  On a narrow pitch the early play was characterised as congested as the two teams sized each other up.  Time was spent trying to burrow through the middle of the pitch through traffic and it was not an elegant opening 15mins.  Play began to widen and the quality improved.  Cole Charnetski proved to be the catalyst as he made Beckenbauer like runs up the middle from his rear guard position.  John Carrafiell had his hands full in defence as the Kinja team was heavily weighted to his side.  Cool under pressure his galloping presence in retreat was able to stanch the flow from Kinja time and again.  Halftime saw a scoreless draw and the second half began with  more counter attacking from both sides.  Kinja had a very physical player up front who was looking to joust with any and all comers.  Will Fox and Charnetski proved to be up for the challenge as play became more and more physical.  A looping arc of a corner kick by Kinja eluded the outstretched hands of goalie Miles O’Reilly and was headed into the back of the net by the Kinja mighty might. The game was played without a proper referee which became trying at times as the physical play crossed over at times and appeared to escape the view of the substitue referee.  Undaunted the Dragons pressed forward with a renewed vigor. The crossbar proved a worthy defender on two occasions thwarting two headed balls. Jack Ryan (man of the match) caused confusion in defense for Kinja as his relentless pursuit of the ball bore fruit. Pressuring the defense like a mad hornet, Jack crossed home a stolen ball and Rocco Poelzlbauer with an uncanny ability to arrive at the correct spot ensured a game tying goal from close range.  With 7 minutes remaining the Dragons bruised, and winded rode the ample shoulders of Cole Charnetski.  Stealing the ball at midfield, Cole sped to the end line and sent a low searing cross to the penalty spot.  Jimmy Wafa was the happy recipient.  His right foot struck the sweet spot of the ball on a full volley a la RVP.  Frozen by the speed and fury of the lightening strike, the goalie had only one job remaining, to retrieve the ball from the net.

See below for Match Stats!

2013-09-29 DRAGONS v KINJA

U14A progress in County Cup

Kensington Dragons U14A 7 v 0 Concorde Rangers

The Dragons started slowly and the first 15 minutes were fairly even until they took the lead through the left midfielder who cut into the box and slotted the ball passed the R’s keeper. The Dragons carved out several more good chances in the half but failed to convert as the crossbar was grazed and shots just going wide. A narrow 1-0 lead at half time.

The game opened up in the 2nd half as Concorde pressed for the equaliser but the Dragons where ruthless when counter attacking, finding more space and width than in the first half and exploited this to devastating effect scoring another 6 goals in the 2nd half, the highlight being a 25 yard free kick which flew into the net with the keeper motionless. This was a great all round performance from the team.

Firsts crash out of League Cup

West End 3 v 2 Kensington Dragons Firsts

With Dragons having a cup game it would seem to have come as a welcome break from the League. Though in a week when sad news related to a member of the squad was shared, a few rotational changes to the line-up proved otherwise. The condition and dimensions of a council pitch would provide another variable for the team to contest with and that’s all before the opposition.

We played this team about this time last year in the cup and the win started a very good cup run. It must be said on that day they showed good attacking abilities and they wasted no time expressing them today when in the opening couple of minutes a loose ball was latched on by the opposition and a lack of pressure ended with a shot that bounced sharply up at the keeper to nestle in the far corner.

With heads still reeling, another sloppy piece of defending by the Dragons back four, led to a corner being conceded and the result of which was an unmarked header from eight yards to put the hosts two up in ten minutes. The one good thing in all this was time, with such a long way to go in the game the opportunity to turn the game around was still there just as long as there would be a steady improvement in performance.

This would start to happen as Mkoloma stand-in skipper for the day with the rested O’Donoghue and injured Dixon, started to drive attacks from midfield bellowing to players to step-up their game. Within moments Meremikwu and Nalu Moso started to combine with improved service and constant waves of pressure were being applied and the chances to score becoming more frequent. Within all of this the goal did not come with numerous  opportunities being squandered and really no one to blame for the deficit as the game should have been at least level, this was due to the opposition missing two clear chances themselves.

With the the game still at two nil going into the second half it was still all to play for and there was a better level of intent about Dragons play in the second half. With better chances being created but still being squandered it was not looking as good as it could have but just approaching the hour mark a chance was taken with Mkoloma neatly dispatching a cut back from the right. Dragons needed to score the next goal but it was the hosts who caught them on the break away and a composed finish from the edge of the box restored the two goal advantage.

A change in personnel and formation meant the fight was sustained and a loose ball in the oppositions box from a set-piece was pounced upon by the returning Maxwell picking up were he left off from his two week break from action. Unfortunately close range misses from a number of players proved costly as an equaliser could not be found and a cup casualty from the Premier league was completed by the Division one side.

M. Mkoloma Header KDFC MCFL League Cup 2013

H. Bowler free kick KDFC MCFL League Cup

Reserves progress in MCFA Junior Open Cup

Hinton 1 v 3 Kensington Dragons

After a super cup season last year, the Dragons reward was to be promoted into the more senior County Cup for 2013-14. Being drawn away to last years semi finalists Hinton seemed a difficult step up, particularly as they lost 2 squad members early on Saturday morning and then another as one had a late call up to the First Team. So the management decided to take a different approach this week and simply focus on their football and not the result, hopefully allowing the players to relax a little and enjoy their football.

From the off they looked the better team with Captain Adam Finch setting the perfect tone from the off. Some cute passing moves then often lead to a more direct long ball out wide and but for some poor crossing and movement they could have been out of sight in the opening 20 minutes. However they had to be patient and soon after got their reward. Andrea Levato, playing a little deeper than usual, floated a ball over the Hinton center back for the offside George Mariner to chase on to. He realised he was offside and with the whole home back four stopped in his tracks, the onside left winger Justas Krisciunas did no such thing and raced on to the ball in behind before composing himself and slotting past the keeper. It should have been two shortly after with the returning Mariner being gifted a ball from the keeper but chose to take a touch with the net empty and the keeper recovered to put the striker off. As the half wore on Hinton became more of a threat, veteran keeper Irwin Guy making a great save onto the bar late in the half.

The Dragons were sleeping in the opening 5 minutes of the second half and paid the penalty conceding a sloppy goal when the ball should have been cleared on two occasions. The captain suggesting a switch of Levato and the excellent Andrew Scheck and the Dragons re-took control. Mariner was now a real handful and mid second half powered down the right and saw and fed the onrushing Krisicunas in the box and the winger banged home from close range to claim his brace and Man of the Match to boot. Hinton responded again and were probably unlucky not to equalise but then enjoyed a gift as Levato was thrown to the ground in the box when about to slot home the third, the ref not giving it because he “didnt like how he’d played through the game”. The Dragons were outraged and even more determined to grab the unexpected win. The manager brought himself on with 10 minutes left as the only sub available and 5 minutes later rued the decision as center half Kieran Cox dislocated his shoulder from an overly zealous challenge in the Dragons box. Cox went off to hospital and the Dragons had to hold on with 10 men. After a third straight corner in the final 2 minutes , finally the Dragons cleared, right winger Alvaro Ferrer, excellent throughout, grabbing the ball short of the half way line on his own. He drove into the home half and then the penalty box and calmly slotted the third and deciding goal. FT 1-3 and an excellent 4 wins from the start of the season.

Kensington Dragons Girls page launched!

Welcome to our new dedicated page to KDFC Girls Section. We’ll keep you up to date with all the developments including events and tournaments and our progress to have a KDFC Girls Team ready to begin competetive matches from January 2014. Training is running at present and free to join, full details as follows:

Ages:  9-12 &13-16 years old

Venue: Big Pitch at Westway Sports Centre  1 Crowthorne Rd (off St Helens Gardens) W10 6RP.

We will be using the rear half of the pitch.

Time:  5.30 – 7.30pm

Dates: Fridays, Starting 23 November

Contact Head Coach:

Jeta Bytyqi  girlsfootball@kensingtondragons.com

FA Level 1, Youth Module 1 and Emergency first aid qualified. CRB checked.

Or Just turn up on the day!

 

U15 Eagles

U15B more than earn their point

Kensington Dragons U15B 2 v 2 Brook House B

So Brook House B were scheduled to turn up at a lush and well-loved St Mark’s. The question was, who would their opponents be? In the first two minutes, these Dragons put the doubters to shame. And while they struck first, a terrific strike cut back towards the penalty spot and rifled home, we proved more than a match for their swift and busy passing game.

This was a match of high quality – with skill and pace and attitude, stretched and anxious, unjust and fair. A beautiful equaliser was recalled for a foul, but our constant pressure was eventually rewarded with a sublime angled drive from the right. Our attacking spirits in the second half were punished on the counter but the committed support had never seen our boys dig so deep for justice. Reward came with another equaliser and at the end we saw posts struck and cross-bars singed as we proved ourselves ascendant.

Time and the whistle denied us all three points, but a much, much bigger one was made: against a better team than last week, we roused ourselves and excelled. This is the football we need to be playing. The heights are there for us to climb. Those who follow the Eagles wait impatiently for the next encounter…