With our sun wear packed away again it was back to squelching around in the mud:
The Firsts drew 2-2 with Cricklewood at LCS. The Dragons started well but it was not until the 34th min that they scored the first goal. The second half started in the best possible way when Cricklewood’s goalie punched away a shot, only for it land happily in front of a grateful Dragon to score. The Dragons were controlling the game at 2-0 up. Disaster however struck ten minutes before the final whistle. A Dragons defender thought the referee had called Cricklewood off side and picked up the ball only for the Ref to award Cricklewood a penalty. The resulting goal sapped the Dragons’ energy and three minutes before the final whistle they gave away a free kick which was deflected into their net to leave the match a draw.
The Reserves had no match
The U11 Boys beat TFA Bushey away 5-3. The Dragons looked generally in control, but Bushey had some excellent players and at one point were edging close with 2 goals to the Dragons 3. This was not a day to be wearing trainers and as Bushey rushed around, some Dragons were slipping and sliding in their trainers. All however was not lost as the Dragons managed to pull ahead to almost crush Bushey.
The U11s Girls beat Pitshanger 3-1 away. The game began with two early goal attempts from the Dragons but unfortunately this was followed by an early Pitshanger goal. Undeterred the Dragons kept up the pressure, based on their strong defence, and were soon rewarded with a goal. The Dragons refused to relax to pull well ahead in a good performance from all.
The U12s had no game
The U13 Girls lost 1-3 to Whetstone. It was very tight in the first half as both teams fought for the opening goal. Whetstone broke the deadlock in the second half, from a scramble in the box, as their shot came off the post to take the lead before scoring another. With 90 seconds to go the Dragons got back into the game, with a powerful shot in the box resulting in a goal. Before Whetstone gained a one-on-one to score the ‘killer third’ to seal the result.
The U13 Boys beat Forest United 1-0 at home in the Trophy Cup in a scrappy match. Although the Dragons owned much of the possession and had two shots come off the post, they needed a few big saves from their keeper to ensure the 3 points. There was even some classic Sunday drama with Forest complaining that LCS pitch being too big but cooler heads prevailed and the Dragons persevered in the springtime mud to win.
The U14 beat Cademy 9-1 away. The Dragons needed to win to ensure they are crowned Division 1 Champions. Cademy could only muster 9 players so, in a sportsmanship spirit, the Dragons agreed to also only play with 9. The Dragons scored first but then a lack of communication exposed their defence and Cademy scored to make it 1-1 at the break. The inspirational half time talk by the Coach encouraged the Dragons to move the ball quickly and shoot when faced with a chance. Did the Dragons listen? They certainly did as they zoomed and va-va-voomed around the pitch to pile on the goals
The U15s away match versus Sandgate was postponed
The U16 Reds will be awarded the win as their away match as Pitshanger forfeited the match.
The U16 Whites lost 2-5 at home to West Drayton in the Trophy Cup
The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season