Month: February 2014

U14s lose their way in league return

Kensington Dragons U14A 1 V 2 Yeading Wanderers

On a windswept Wormwood Scrubbs the U14s returned to competitive action from their 2 months enforced winter break and for the first ten minutes controlled the game and scored the opening goal following a good passing move which cut through the Yeading defence and created a chance for our forward Michael who converted the opportunity and with the wind at our backs we looked to increase our lead before the break. However we proceeded to become more concerned with the niggling opposition who seemed more content in playing the man instead of the ball and we lost our focus and allowed Yeading back in the game and they duly secured the equaliser.

The second half was a major disappointment as we struggled to get into the game with our midfielders and forwards guilty of continually giving the ball away, which lead to sustained pressure being put on our defence, who held out with a mixture of strong defending from Deon and Noah and solid keeping from Tom in our goal. But a string of corners led to us conceding as one lead to a goal mouth scramble which fell to a Yeading striker who managed to poke the ball past our goalie and defenders. Despite a last rally from the Dragon we failed to create any clear cut opportunities to get ourselves back into the game and left the pitch empty handed.

 

U12s – Manager’s Update

The under 12s have been training at the Westway on astro turf pitches while St. Mark’s is out of action. They are looking sharp and can’t wait to get back to playing matches.

We swooped to sign a striker in the transfer window and think we now have the missing piece of the jigsaw to try and climb the table in the second half of the season.

On Sunday morning we ventured over to Wormwood Scrubs to try and get the boys accustomed to grass, after only playing on astro turf so far this year. Well, I say grass, it was actually mud but never the less it was a great session. Great preparation for next week’s game.

Cheers,

Rob.

KDFC U12s Training at Westway
KDFC U12s Training at Westway

 

KDFC U12s shooting practice at Westway
KDFC U12s shooting practice at Westway

Reserves held away to Pitshanger

Pitshanger Dynamo Reserves 1 v 1 Kensington Dragons Reserves

After a few weeks without a league game and with a great result in the last away match in mind, Dragons came to Pitshanger Dynamo FC. With a few new faces in the team. David Hills took his place in goal after a 3 month absence, Lamelle Williams started as an attacking-minded midfielder and Emmanuelle Alexander as a holding midfielder and Tom Madden and Jon Malone in from the First Team squad looking to regain some form.

Dragons started slowly and were surprised by their well organised opponents. The team continued to sit back and tried to attack on the break. It was not easy to beat Pitshanger’s organised positions at this stage of the game, however the team created a few chances for Andrew Scheck, Tom Madden and Elhabib Oumar. The Coach made a small adjustment after 25 minutes of the game with Andrew and Lamelle taking wider positions leaving Madden in the hole behind the striker. This movement gave Dragons more options up front. A soft foul in the middle area gave Dragons a free kick. Tom Madden crossed the ball into the box which dropped just in front of Elhabib who scored the first goal of the afternoon. The last 20 minutes of the 1st half save very little of interest and with Dragons defending well, they went in 0-1 at the break.

During the half time, all felt the next goal would be important in such a tight game. Pitshanger tried to score as quick as possible after the restart but the defending players did their job properly again. 25min before the final whistle and the ball was played to Elhabib who made an individual run. He stopped in the box where he was felled by one of the Pitshanger centre back and the ref blew for a penalty for Dragons. Unfortunately Tom  Madden who had not missed from the spot all season, saw his shot saved and that vital chance for the second goal, missed.

A few minutes later and the opponents won a corner kick. A cross straight into the box, soft touch by an attacker and the ball found its way into the net. 1-1 and 15 minutes to go. Dragons made two changes from the bench. Tom and Lamelle replaced by Jamanhi Henry and Matt Finch. Unfortunately the team lost its attacking pace but remained focused on counterattacking. 5 minutes to go and Dragons had 2 chances to win the game. Firstly Elhabib in a 3 v 1 situation kicked straight into the goalie instead of making the pass to a teammate and then after a cross into the box, he shot only for the opponent keeper to tip the ball onto the crossbar.

It was great to come back into the league competition and the team showed great attitude but unfortunately in this game, luck was against the Dragons. Great play from Elhabib Who scored the goal and won a penalty making him a Man of the Match.