Month: January 2018

Results W/E 21 January 2018

Fellow Waterlogged Dragons

 

With most games called off the rest probably wished that they hadn’t played:

The Girls lost at home to Alexandra Park  1-3 in a great show of spirit. This was a tough match with Alexandra well organised and the Dragons goalie still injured with others ill. Not deterred the Dragons displayed their usual fighting spirit but luck was against them.

The Firsts lost to Parkview away in the cup quarter final. The Dragons were missing 7 key players and went behind after 7 minutes but pulled a goal back after 12 but then went behind twice after 18 and 33 minutes. In the second half the Dragons missed a brace of chances, including a penalty, whilst Parkview scored twice more.

The Reserves match was called off by the referee with both teams present and ready to play .

The U15Bs travelled all the way to Tufnell Park only for the ref to call off the match 30 minutes before kick-off. To quote the Dragons manager: “We were gutted as we wanted to play”

 

All the other matches were called off

Results W/E 14 January 2018

Fellow Dragons

The days are getting longer and soon the daffodils will be out:

 The First match was postponed because their home pitch was unplayable.

 The Reserves just lost away 2-3 to Real Rangers. It was clear from the off that Rangers were a brutal team who had two shots at goal and scored both times whereas the Dragons had 12 shots which did not register to leave Rangers 2-0 up at half time. The second half started well with the  Dragons scoring after two minutes and then equalising 20 minutes from the end. Rangers became more brutal leading to injuries and just as it seemed that a Dragons goal was on the way, they made a mistake to concede the winner.

The U18s lost in the Premiership to Wealdstone 2-4 away. The Dragons still have a few mince pies to run off.

The  U15As lost 2-4 at home to Greenford Celtic in a disappointing result. The Dragons could have finished the game in the first half had they taken their chances but only lead by one goal at half time. Greenford soon equalised before the Dragons regained the lead  only to then concede 3 sloppy goals from Greenford counter attacks.

The U15Bs beat second placed Larkspur Rovers 2-1 at home. The Dragons dominated possession from the outset but struggled to breakdown the stubborn visitor’s defence until finally finding a way through with a stunning 20 yard curler into the top right corner. Larkspur were extremely lucky to pull one back with a lob over the Dragons diminutive ‘keeper just before half time.  The Dragons kept attacking but it was only after a few tactical changes that their striker rounded Larkspur’s keeper (who should have been red-carded for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity with a deliberate handball outside his area) and buried the ball into the back of the net to win.

The U14’s beat Belmont 3-0 at home with another good goal disallowed. The Dragons have now scored 22 goals in 3 games. To quote the manager: “We didn’t play to our potential but we got the win because we’re beginning to play like a team”.

 The U13s walloped Totteridge 7-1 at home. To quote the Manager: “The Dragons were absolutely fantastic today and the 7-1 win does not reflect how well we played. We were on top form with accuracy and precision of passes, strong on the ball, confidence in defence and great vision and desire to score. We missed a penalty, could have had another penalty awarded and 2 of our players came off after bad tackles, but that gave our team the motivation to kick start the year in victorious style!”

The U12s away match against Chiswick was called off because they could not provide a pitch

The U11s were beaten away by St Lawrence 1-4. The Dragons defence had lots of practice and a lesser team would have shipped many more goals. If the truth be told St Lawrence were a better side on the day …. but will not always be

The Girls lost away to prove that not having their goalkeeper is a major disadvantage.  

Results W/E 7 January 2018

Undefeated in 2018! As other teams had difficulty getting back into action after the break the Dragons burst into the dank, grey drizzle with renewed vigour:

 

The Girls beat Ickenham 4-0 away. With their goalie absent the Dragons knew that great defending would be key and they did not disappoint The match started well with the Dragons scoring in the first 10 mins. It was 2-0 to the Dragons at half time and then, with amazing attacking and dynamic defending, another couple of goals were scored whilst keeping a clean sheet.   A well-deserved win and exciting first match of the new year.

The Reserves walloped Old Vaughanians 11-3 away.  The match started badly with the Dragons giving away a goal due to a  defensive misunderstanding. Two minutes later the Dragons equalised and then started to push the game forward to lead 4-1 at the half. Back on the pitch the Dragons increased their pace to create more opportunities and scored another 7 goals before relaxing and letting the home side score twice.

The U15As beat Greenford Celtic 4-2 away. Celtic were looking for every point they could get and started the better of the teams on the sticky, cut up pitch. The Dragons improved but at half time it was still 0-0. Back on the pitch the Dragons new tactic of putting the ball over the top, instead of trying to play it through on the cut up ground, lead to the first goal. Celtic flattened and the Dragons scored twice from headers.  The fourth goal came from a fantastic passing move that lead to an open goal and an easy tap in.

The U14s thrashed higher placed Headstone Manor 10-2 away on their wind blasted heath. It was a late start with the cold preventing the ragged bunch of Dragons get their hands working enough to don their boots as the immaculate Headstone looked on with pity. Once started the result however was never in doubt. Never underestimate a Dragon.

The U12s drew 1-1 with Bushey at home. Bushey are a formidable team and expected to win but it was the Dragon who scored first. Unfortunately a lucky break gifted Bushey a goal to save their blushes

The U11s drew 3-3 with Belmont at home in a pulsating game. Truthfully the match could have gone either way but it was the Dragons who refused to be beaten to come away with an important draw.

The remaining teams had no matches.

Happy New Year