Month: March 2014

KDFC U15 Eagles

The Magnificent Eight earn draw for the Eagles

Kensington Dragons U15 Eagles 3 v 3 Hanwell Town

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. And with six players to show at kick off it also looked to be the very last of games. Then a full back and a striker were spotted on the distant horizon tipping us just over the statutory minimum. The game could go ahead. The ref heaved a sorry sigh. And our eight plucky souls, facing 11 smiling Hanwell Towners, took eight mighty steps straight into the annals of Eagles legend.

We scored first, hungrily scavenging for every half-chance the bewildered visitors spilled. When we struck again, a strike of fearsome power and intent, and the terror in the faces of the visiting coaches was plain to see: how could they explain being so comprehensively outplayed by a team lacking three outfield players? That they chose to blame both ref and linesman provoked a momentary loss of sang-froid in the home manager. But it was an emotional day.

And while weariness saw us ship two goals in the second and an unconventional interpretation of the linesman’s flag gifted them a third, our final defiant equaliser showed that we were not to be bowed. Yes, we may be morphing into a five-a-side team. But we’ll still hold our own in the Harrow Youth League where opponents would be wise to face us with, at the very least, eleven.

U15A earn a point away at Wealdstone

Wealdstone A 1 v 1 Kensington Dragons U15A

Today the U15A drew 1-1 in an away match with Wealdstone A after a very balanced match that saw both teams developing lots of exciting goal opportunities which – if not for great skill shown by both goalies – would have returned a much higher score for both sides.

U14B back to winning ways

Headstone Manor Youth 1 v 3 Kensington Dragons U14B

Kensington Dragons 14B played like a team possessed.  Finally back to full strength after 3 weeks the Dragons passed and ran circles around the competition.  Beijing Thunder – Baker Fox returned to act as a passing catalyst for other team members to benefit from his clever passing.  Jordan Koski played his best game of the season with his omnipresence and smart passing. Liam Fribley anchoring the back line helped goalie Miles O’Reilly to keep a clean sheet until a penalty awarded to Headstone manor gifted a goal to the opposition.

Final score 3-1 Dragons win.

Tough double header for U14A

Watling Club 5 v 1 KDFC U14A – KDFC U14A 0 v 3 Watling Club

We scored first with a great finish from the edge of the box by Bailey. Then over both games Watling punished us fully for the occasional mistake and our defending from corners. We played the better football but on a small pitch which favored Watlings physical advantage. That coupled by a weak display by the ref and vocal home support/management made for a rather unpleasant trip to North London.

3 games, 3 wins and title crown for U11s

The Under 11s had a packed schedule this weekend with three fixtures, including a double header away at second placed Pitshanger A.

Kensington Dragons U11s 5 v 0 Brentham Colts

The Dragons played Brentham Colts at St. Mark’s Park on Saturday, running out 5-0 winners. The Dragons took a 1-0 lead into half time thanks to another strike from the consistently excellent Ollie. Five minutes into the second half his replacement, Norman, showed fantastic composure to poke home a one on one with his weaker foot. From there on in, the Dragons dominated, with Sam’s perfectly timed run found by an excellent through ball by man of the match Miguel, who ended with two assists, dominating the midfield. Franky capped a fine performance with a goal too, whilst Ollie finished with a brace and has probably scored more goals individually than entire opposition teams in the division.

Kensington Dragons U11s 1 v 0 Pitshanger A

Sunday’s games were of massive importance to the Dragons- positive results in these games would see us leapfrog Pitshanger and all but seal promotion. To the delight of coach and supporters alike, the Dragons were victorious in both games, keeping two more clean sheets in the process. The first game ended 1-0 and was one of the most difficult games the Dragons have played this season. Thanks to a fantastic Ollie goal from yet another Georgie assist, the Dragons took a 1-0 lead into half time. In truth, the Dragons squandered some fantastic opportunities to extend their lead, but a fantastic team performance meant the result was never in doubt, despite the quality of opposition. Cousins Tom and Jude were awarded joint man of the match as they excelled in defence

Pitshanger A 0 v 4 Kensington Dragons U11s

The Dragons utilised their superior squad numbers in the second game and ran Pitshanger off the park, triumphing 4-0 in the end. In truth, it could have been a much wider margin of victory, but the Dragons chose to experiment with positions and formations. Ollie effectively killed the game in the first half with another fantastic brace, earning him another man of the match. Franky arrowed a fantastic strike into the bottom corner in the second half, before Hussain scored his second of the season with a fine left-footed finish

Having conceded 3 league goals in 11 matches, the Dragons came from behind to be crowned division champions with 4 games to spare. A fantastic all round performance on both days. A real pleasure to watch.

Firsts lose at home to Hillingdon

Kensington Dragons 1 v 2 Hillingdon

A game that should have been out of sight at half time saw the Dragons somehow losing 0-1 at half time when a set piece was not cleared after 3 attempts and the Hillingdon striker proded home. The second half continued in the same fashion and a slow tempo from the home side and a lack of quality all over the park dragged a second half on until Ricardo Ramos finally found his shooting boots to lob the keeper and equalise. More pressure, more shots and still Dragons couldn’t take the lead leaving the final twist in the sword to Hilligdon to head a long free kick across the box for an empty net and tap in to take all 3 points. Dragons now need the chasing pack to drop points and to win all our of remaining  7 games to stand any chance of clinching the title.

Reserves win away to CB Hounslow

CB Hounslow Social Reserves 0 v 3 Kensington Dragons Reserves

Kensington Dragons Reserves faced C.B. Hounslow Reserves in an away league game. All the team had to do, was to bring another 3 points to stay alive in the run in for the league championship!

There were 3 changes in the line up. Matt Finch came back on the left side of the defence line. On the right played James Shirley and in front of him ‘new- old’ Steven Cahill. As both flanks were almost brand new the core of the team stayed the same with all the supporters looking forward with confidence and hope for a win.

The first half of the game was boring and very unfortunate for the Dragons. The opponents had a simple strategy; kick the ball as far away from their own goal as possible and apart from 2 shots on target they didn’t do anything. Unfortunately Dragons were far away from their normal level. Most of the time the ball stayed in the central area and neither team could force their own patterns of play.

The half time team talk was needed to get the team back to their ‘Dragons’ game. The players responded and took the lead a few minutes after the game restart. Elhabib Oumar opened the game when he dribbled through the opponent’s defenders to score another goal to add to his season tally. 2 minutes later Kamal scored his first goal for the Dragons after Andrew Scheck’s low cross into the box and gave a 2 goal advantage for the away team. It was clear that nothing wrong could happen from this point and the coaching team decided to make 2 subs. Justas Krisciunas replaced Elhabib Oumar and Mo Al Faisal replaced team captain Adam Finch.  A few minutes later Jamanhi Henry scored the 3rd goal and Dragons took all that they wanted. Another 3 points see Kensington Dragons Reserves at the top of the table with 3 games to play. A clean sheet for the team saw the man of the match award go to CB John Hammond.

Double derby win for the U15As

Kensington Dragons U15A 4 v 1 FC Kensington – FC Kensington 1 v 4 Kensington Dragons U15A

Successful double-header today vs FC Kensington secured 6 pts to the Dragons U15A team. The opposition was not in full formation, which allowed our boys to play a bit of a more casual game, and secure two 4-1 wins.

Dragons are now at 27 pts with 4 games to go: a double-header v Ruislip Rangers and two more games vs Wealdstone and YAC.
There is still a chance to end in the promotion area of the division if the team manages to win 3 matches.

Top score ranking:
Connie and JP – 9 goals
Abdullah and Harry – 4 goals
Dayo – 3 goals
Luis, Shaba, Tim and Tom – 2 goals
Miles, Nico and Paul – 1 goal

Good luck Dragons!

U12s beat league leaders Kodak

KODAK YOUTH 1  V  4  KENSINGTON DRAGONS U12s

A daunting trip away to the runaway league leaders faced the Under 12s this weekend. The spectre of the 8 nil mauling at the hands (or rather feet) of Kodak was still hanging over us as we set off up the A40. They didn’t just beat us back in early December, they dismantled us, left us in bits, our confidence in tatters, scattered all over St. Mark’s park like discarded, Lucazade Sport bottles.

But this is a different team to the one that capitulated to the team in yellow earlier in the season. Although the personnel remains pretty much the same, the players have been transformed by the hard work and persistence of the coaching staff.

We welcomed back Ilya, Sidney and Joe for their fist games of 2014. But would the coaches tinker with a winning team that had performed so well last time out at St. Mark’s? As it turned out the changes were forced upon us by absentees, ironically due to Sport Relief duties. One half of our central defensive partnership and our new striker had been involved in a Davina McCall-esque 24 hour sport-athon and couldn’t make the Sunday morning drive out to Harrow, dealing us a severe blow before a ball had been kicked. But even before we’d learnt of our missing talismen, Jamal had forced his way into the starting line up as our lone striker with his impressive performances in training.

We knew this was going to be a tough match. Putting seven goals past Hillingdon at home last time out was a great confidence booster for the boys but this was a completely different kettle of fish. This was a serious test against a team that has been banging in goals for fun. Who have won 11 out of their last 14 games and lost only 2. But these are the games that you learn about your players and your team. These are the benchmark’s to see how good we are and how good we can be.

Yet again, the first few minutes were going to be important. It was vital that the Dragons imposed themselves and set the tone for the game. The opening exchanges were cagey, like two welterweights sizing each other up, exchanging blows and probing for an opening. And when one came, it came to the team in blue. Ilya’s rasping shot could only be parried by the keeper and Jamal, repaid the faith placed in him by providing an emphatic follow-up. Now the Dragons started to believe. Kodak looked dazed. This wasn’t in the script. They were on the ropes. The Dragons won the ball in midfield and played it out wide to Walleed on the right. He drilled a pass across the box, which was met first time by Ilya who buried it into the bulging net. The Dragons were 2 up and bossing the game. Joe, our long-legged, rangey midfielder was finally doing what we knew he was capable of. Reminiscent of Viera in his pomp, he was breaking up the Kodak attacks and along with Felix and Aziz they were dominating the middle of the park, launching our own attacks, releasing our pacey wide men and protecting our patched-up defence. As we took a hold of the first half, it was almost if Kodak couldn’t quite believe what was happening to them. They were rocked and they didn’t like it. They began to argue amongst themselves. Maybe they thought they were just going to turn up and give us another pasting. But that just wasn’t going to happen, not today. Reputations and league positions don’t win football matches. Hard work, and more importantly teamwork does that. We were first to every ball. Every 50-50 and every header had a Dragon name on it. Their coach tried to get them going with some choice words but it wasn’t long before Sidney burst forward with the ball at his feet and tore down the right wing. Cutting inside, he unleashed a cracking angled right-foot shot that flew into the top left-hand corner of the goal and the Dragons had a 3- nil lead at the interval.

We knew they would come back more organized, determined and aggressive in the second half and that’s exactly what they did from the restart. But we matched them in every department. A Captain’s performance from Franklin at the heart of the defence saw him marshaling his charges as they soaked up the early pressure. Now it was the Dragons turn to be on the ropes and for the first time we looked vulnerable. But we continued to play the ‘Dragon way’, passing the ball out from the back when the League leaders resorted to a more agricultural and direct approach. One such attack resulted in a goal for the home team. There was a moment when it looked like Kodak might rally and mount a fight-back but some well-timed substitutions restored stability to the Dragons.

With the clock ticking down Joe, with his deceptively lazy-looking gait stretched his long legs and drove out of midfield towards the Kodak goal. He glided past two defenders and coolly slotted home beneath the on-rushing keeper to seal a famous Dragons victory. 1-4. The home team were extremely magnanimous in defeat, commenting that our victory was well-deserved and that we were a vastly improved side to the one that they had faced earlier in the season.

There were some great individual performances out there today but once again it was an excellent team effort that secured the points. Every player that took the field in a navy shirt put in a serious shift. There was skill, guts and determination on display (the one mark in the negative goal column the only blemish on a near perfect display). If we continue to play like this then we have nothing to fear from anyone in this division.

We simply swept the league leaders aside. And seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces, players, coaches and parents alike at the end of the match, well, that truly was a Kodak moment.

KDFC U15 Eagles

U15Bs defy the odds and soar to victory

Kensington Dragons U15B 3 v 1 Forest Utd

After the broken arms and broken hearts could we break our recent run of luckless, morbid form? With a thumping away win against our opponents back in the golden days of Autumn, we certainly hoped so. Until two late no-shows saw us down to a far from comforting starting ten before the lonesome whistle blew. But here is the curious thing: a sense of up against it, of ‘what more can we face?’ seemed to set us free. We were, simply, magnificent – and before the massed, ranks of an initially delighted Forest Utd our midfield stoked the fires on which our wingers soon took flight. At 1-0 up the kicks and swipes began. At 2-0 they increased until they had us down to nine. And while they lucked a soft and open goal back, with our keeper off his line to stop a fight unspotted by the ref, the result was never really in doubt. For spirit such as ours on Sunday is simply unconquerable. When our third unanswerable shot rifled into the back of their almost well-defended net, the message, or the hope, was as clear as the piercing mid-Spring sunlight: the Eagles, surely, are on the rise again.