Month: March 2018

Results W/E 25 March 2018

Fellow Dragons

Spring fought back against the Beast from the East to allow some football:

The Firsts beat Stonewall 1-0 away.
Despite logistic difficulties, causing the Dragons to start with 10 players, they pressed Stonewall straight from the off and created several chances before conceding a, saved, penalty. Finally after 15 minutes the late players arrived and the game significantly changed with more possession but with no goals from either side at the half.  Back on the pitch the Dragons again pressed Stonewall and finally broke down their defence to beat the keeper to his left and win the match.

The Reserves just lost 1-2 at home against top of the table Speedy United.
The match started slowly as neither team wanted to take any risks and no clear chances were created.  It was a typical 0-0 game. The second half started very badly for the Dragons as 10 seconds after the re-start Speedy won the ball in the middle and took a long range shot – the ball bounced off the post and went in the net! The Dragons were forced to open up and just 5 minutes later they won a converted penalty. The Dragons then forced attack after attack and were rewarded with a sure goal 5 minutes from the end  – alas a 1 on 1 with Speedy’s goalkeeper was missed after a superb 40 yards solo run. Three minutes later the Dragons once again looked like they were bound to score only for a last ditch goal line clearance, in front of an  empty goal, saved Speedy’s blushes.  Finally in the very last kick of the game Speedy scored to win.

The U14s beat Princess Park 3-1 away in a thriller.
The Dragons faced Princess Park with only ten players and no goal keeper. Princess scored quickly but the Dragons responded with one of their own. In the second half two more goals from the Dragons set the tone as they kept Princess Park (who had a full team plus 3 subs) penned into their half for most of the time.  As the Manager said “The Dragons did an amazing job – you don’t win like that unless you’re a fully bonded team”.

The U13s  beat LNER 3-1 away.
The Dragons did not take LNER for granted and they knew they had a job to do. They scored first with a spectacular free kick before scoring twice more whilst the defenders defended with all their hearts, led by their goalie who pulled off a succession of magnificent saves. To quote the manager “Well done to the team – you made us all proud!”

 The U11s just lost to Hanwell 2-3 away.
At their last encounter the Dragons had been thrashed 1-10 so it was with some trepidation that your correspondent tiptoed to the touch line to find out the score, only to be told the flabbergasting news that the Dragons were leading 2-0. Hanwell really were extremely lucky to pull back to 2-2 and then to  score the winning goal against the run of play.

There were no other matches.

Results W/E 18 March 2018

Fellow thawed out Dragons,

Just as we thought the “Beast from the East “ had retired the Dragons woke to find pitches covered with snow and most matches called off except:

The Firsts just lost to Sporting Hackney  1-2 away.
The artic conditions didn’t faze the Dragons who from the start played exciting football with 3 early shots which were alas saved by Hackney’s keeper.  A counter attack then gave Hackney an early lead. The Dragons responded immediately and forced a corner which lead to a headed goal via a great delivery.  The second half started slowly for the Dragons and the score remained 1-1 until 4 minutes from the end when a goal keeping clearance went straight to Hackney’s striker who slotted the ball past the stranded Dragons keeper to win.

The Reserves match against Real Rangers is under scrutiny as Rangers fielded a suspended player

There were no other matches.

Results W/E 11 March 2018

Fellow Spring Like Dragons

With the snow melted but the ground soggy most teams had a match:

The Reserves beat Ruislip Town 2-0 to reach the Cup Final.
The Dragons got off to a great start by scoring in the 6th minute and then created more chances to control the game whilst their goalie made ‘world class’ saves. The Dragons started well in the second half and in the 55th minute the referee sent off a Ruislip player for a very brutal foul. It was then a matter of seeing out the match and scoring one more before the end for the Dragons to reach the final. A great result.

The U18s drew 3-3 with the Spartans at home.
In this case however “Home” meant trudging down to Hurlingham Park to find no groundsman, no nets up,  pot holes in the pitch and long grass. After much toing and froing the match eventually started to end in a hard fought, exciting draw.

The U15As drew 2-2 with Pinner Albion at home.
After 4 weeks without a game the Dragons returned to action a little out of sorts but never the less opened the scoring to go 1-0 up which is where it stayed until half time. In the second half the Dragons doubled their lead but their lack of fitness contributed to conceding a goal from a corner. Disaster then struck when the Dragons keeper sustaining a nasty eye injury which required a visit to hospital.  Pinner kept pushing and although they missed a penalty, they equalised with a late goal.

The U15As beat Tufnell Park  5-2 away.
The first game back after a string of bad-weather postponements saw the Dragons brush Tufnell Park aside for a convincing victory despite going behind twice. Once the Dragons got their noses in front there was only going to be one outcome. The win was made even more impressive when one considers that the Dragons were missing key personnel.

The U14s lost 5-6 at home to the Explorers in a ding dong of  a match.
The pivotal goal came through a mistake by the referee –  whilst the Dragons were substituting players the ref allowed the Explorers to take a free kick which lead to an undefended goal.  After the match the ref acknowledged his mistake but did not appear to reverse his decision.

The U13s had no game

The U12s beat AFC Bushey 3-1 away.
The Dragons played well with good passing moves getting their forwards into space. AFC Bushey had their chances but were beaten by a better side

The U11s drew 4-4 away with Belmont in a sizzler of a match.
The Dragons glided down the hill in the first half to draw ahead 3-0. The only problem was that at the turn around it was Belmont’s turn to glide down the hill and score while the Dragons laboured up the hill to defend. It was then horror of horrors as Belmont drew ahead and there were fears that the Dragons might wobble in disappointment. All ended reasonably  well with the Dragons hauling themselves back up the hill to score the vital goal to draw level.

The Girls  lost at home to the well-established Stoke Newington.
The ground conditions were particularly challenging, with a couple of Dragons losing their football boots in the mud.  The Dragons were better in the second half with much tighter defending and attacking and more goals were saved than conceded. Despite a fantastic performance from the Dragons the final score was a 1-6 loss.

Results W/E 4 March 2018

Fellow thawed out Dragons

With, hopefully, the last ferocious flurry of winter there were no matches this weekend and few the week before:

The Girls beat Actonians White 7 – 0 at home.
From the start it was evident that the Dragons  had come out to win and it  was not long before a fantastic shot from half way lead to their first goal which was soon followed by a second from a header. This high tempo game proved too much for Acton and at half time the Dragons were three goals up.  The second half was similarly unrelenting and the Dragons continued attacking, whilst brilliantly defending, to record a great win.  The Dragons played an outstanding game showing their great team spirit and how much they have grown as a team.

The U11s drew 1-1 with Hendon away.
The enthusiastic Dragons turned up in force to meet the might of Hendon in their own lair. It was Hendon who scored first but they were unable to squash the Dragons who kept firm, drew level and then were unlucky not to go on and win

The U12s just lost to Hanwell 2-3 at home.
This was a game that could have gone either way. At times the Dragons played well constructed passing football; at other times they were a bit ragged. The same could be said of Hanwell but who were blessed with one forward who scored a scintillating goal before being smothered for the rest of the match by an increasingly organised Dragons defence. A good match, even if a loss.

The U13s beat LNER 4-0 at home.
The Dragons never looked like losing this match as they almost cruised to a well organised win despite LNER’s behaviour, towards the end, falling below the standard they would like.

The remaining matches were called off or not scheduled.