Kensington Dragons W/E 3rd March 2019

Fellow Wintry Dragons

 

 With Storm Gareth battering our pitches:

 The Firsts had no match

 The Reserves drew 3-3 with LNER. This was a scrappy first half from the Dragons who conceded a cheap penalty then conceded again from poor communication between their defence and keeper. The second half saw a much better performance from the Dragons who managed, despite the strong wind, to go ahead 3-2, only for LNER to equalise from a defensive blunder. The Dragons could have won at the end when their veteran striker found himself 1 on 1 with LNER’s keeper but was not able to convert!

 The U16 Reds beat MDD 3 – 2 at home in the Trophy Cup. The Dragons went into their second cup game against a team they had previously beaten. The Dragons started slowly and conceded early before scoring two goals in quick succession to go into the lead at half time. The second half was a battle up-hill in the wind for the Dragons as they again conceded early before immediately replying.  The Dragons then dug in and saw out the game to win 3-2, with their goalie saving a penalty.

 The U16 Whites just lost 3-4 at home in the Trophy Cup against Brook House in an exciting, but ultimately frustrating match.

 The U15s lost away to Ickenham away in the Trophy Cup

 The U14s were awarded a walk over in the Trophy Cup as Ickenham defaulted

 The U13 boys beat Brentham 7-2 away in the Trophy Cup. The Dragons could have been 5 – 0 up at half time but had only put in 2 goals.  They then lost focus to let in 2 gaols and be tied with 20 mins left!  Urgent action was needed. The Dragons regained their form and put in 5 quick goals in a 15 min rush.  Another good win in the mud!

 The U13 Girls no match

 The U12s had no match

 The U11 Boys were awarded a walk over as LPOSSA could not raise a team

 The U11s Girls beat Victoria Park Rangers 5-1 away. The Dragons got off to a slow start, allowing Victoria Park to dominate, but as the game progressed they began taking back control and were soon rewarded with their first goal.  This drove the Dragons on and made them even more determined to win.  Another great performance and result.   

 The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

 

 

Kensington Dragons W/E 3rd March 2019

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

Kensington Dragons W/E 24 February 2019

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The Seniors lead the way this weekend:

The Firsts beat Indian Gymkhana 5-2 away. The Dragons started in the best possible way and were 3-0 up within ten minutes, before sitting back to protect their goal. The Referee awarded a penalty to Gymkhana only for it to be saved by the Dragons goalie. Gymkhana were not finished however and scored a header just before half time. They then put everything into scoring again which put the Dragons under huge pressure in the burning heat. Before long it was 3-2 but with the Dragons keeping their lead as they withstood the onslaught before focused, brilliant whole team play gave the Dragons another 2 goals to secure the very important 3 points.

 The Reserves beat Stonewall 3-1 at home. The Dragons started slowly, with Stonewall putting them under pressure with high balls, but it was the Dragons who scored first. They then controlled the game as Stonewall tired chasing the match. The Dragons were ahead 2-0 at the break. Stonewall clawed a goal back, from yet another set piece with the Dragons miscommunicating in defence.  The Dragons have however lately been showing lots of character and this game was no exception as they increased their lead to 2 goals, with a fantastic strike from outside the box. The Dragons held on to win, despite finishing with 10 players after their defender was injured in the 80th minute.

 The U11 Boys beat Wealdstone 6-3 at home to continue their long winning streak. The Dragons are approaching the end of their first season and really are committed to ending unbeaten. With many key Dragon players on their half term holidays some U10s were drafted in to help the team. This was a tough and well fought match but, at the final whistle, the Dragons had recorded yet another win.

 The U11 Girls had no match

The U12s lost to TFA Bushey in the wilds of Watford by more than planned. The game was played in perfect conditions on a spring like morning but unfortunately that was the only highlight of the day for the Dragons. Bushey started with an intensity and superior workmanlike manner that the more refined Dragons never quite got to grips with. Bushey were the superior team. Life is a marathon and a thumping by a better team is just one more experiment in the rich tapestry of a footballer’s life.

 The U13 Girls had no match

 The U13 Boys lost 0-3 away to Wealdstone. The Dragons put in a strong effort against the very good Wealdstone but it was not enough on the day.

 The U14s beat St Joseph’s away 4-0. The Dragons were desperate to get a result having lost twice before to St Josephs. They showed great discipline when defending and ruthless finishing when attacking. An altogether great performance

 The U15s lost 0-3 to Hanwell at home. This was a dispiriting effort from the Dragons – but at least it was sunny. 

 The U16s Reds just lost 4-5 to  Hendon away in the Trophy Cup. The Dragons scored twice early to take a 2-0 lead into the second half but then threw it away by conceding two sloppy goals. Hendon then went ahead after converting a penalty, before the Dragons headed the ball in to draw level and then scored again before Hendon equalised. Alas Hendon scored the last goal to win 5-4. This was a good display from the Dragons, against Premier opposition, with a stand in keeper.

 The U16s Whites had no match

The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

Kensington Dragons W/E 17 February 2019

Fellow Spring Loving Dragons

With half term there were fewer matches that normal as the Dragons claimed their first title of the season:

The Reserves soundly beat Benfica 5-1 at home. This was a sweet victory for the Dragons who had earlier lost to Benfica with an understrength side. The Dragons opened the scoring to be 4-0 up by the interval. A disappointing lapse from a set piece then allowed Benfica a goal before the Dragons put the game beyond doubt with another gaol.

The Firsts had no match

 The U16s Reds walloped Pinner 8-0 away to claim the Division 1 title in empathic style. The Dragons scored first from a penalty and then carried on scoring to be 4-0 up 10 minutes into the second half before pressing on to score another 4. This has been an excellent season with the team winning the title with one game to spare. It is now on to the Challenge Trophy.

The U16s Whites had no match

The U15s lost 1-3 away to Sandgate in the Cup. A strong start from the Dragons saw them go 1-0 up before quickly shipping in three terrible goals – all from sloppy defending. Half time saw the score at 1-3 and that is how it remained for the rest of the match.

The U14s will be awarded 3 points as Cademy FC defaulted

The U13 Boys had no match

The U13 Girls had no match

The U12s had no match

The U11 Boys beat London Athletic  6-2 away to continue their winning streak. Despite the Dragons missing many key players their organised defence, tight midfield and creative attacking won through to record another decisive win

 The U11 Girls had no match

The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

Kensington Dragons Results W/E 10 February 2019

Fellow Soggy Dragons

The weather may have improved but at the weekend the Dragons waded through mud to:

The U11 Boys beat Hillingdon 5-3 on the Scrubs. With recent matches cancelled the Dragons started nervously to be 1-2 down at half time. The fans and players were upset and inspirational talks were needed during the break to restore morale which lead to an incredible come back and win, including missing a penalty before scoring on the rebound. The Dragons continue their winning streak.

The U11 Girls did not play

The U12 Boys lost 2-4 away to ProF on a muddy pitch in a game they could have won. As the Dragons fans squelched on the touch line the Dragons rampaged down the hill in the second half trying to claw back the goal deficit. It was not to be but the fans admired both teams for keeping going in such atrocious conditions. Character building!  

The U13s Girls did not play

The U13s beat Vencermos 4-0 on the Scrubs in swamp like conditions.  The Dragons may have kept a clean sheet but their keeper certainly needed at bath at the end. Thanks must go to all the parents who braved the conditions –  their good energy helped keep the Dragons motivated.

The U14s match v Princes Park was called off due to a water logged pitch

The U15s lost away to London Tigers in poor conditions which do not bear dwelling on

The  U16 Reds beat Chiswick 2-0 at LCS in their final home league match. The Dragons knew that a point would be enough to gain promotion to the Premiership. The match started scrappily and, despite opportunities for both sides, it was goal less at half time. The first Dragons goal came from a square pass to be calmly placed into the bottom left. The second came at the final whistle. The Dragons need one more point for the title to complete a fantastic season.

The U16 Whites lost at home to Celtic.  The visitors took the lead and before their keeper deliberately handled outside the area to prevent a certain goal, injuring the Dragons striker in the process. Had that goal gone in it might have made a big difference. As it was Celtic turned the game into a scrap and that played in to their hands. A day to forget.

The Reserves just lost 1-2 away to Ruislip Town.  The Dragons did not capitalise on hard fought scoring opportunities as they failed to score from 2 clear chances of 1 on 1s with Ruislip’s keeper. The Dragons struggled to deal with set pieces and it cost them the game

The Firsts match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

Kensington Dragons Results W/E 3rd February 2019

Fellow Wintry Dragons,

With snow earlier in the week pitches were waterlogged and matches called off:

The U12s lost 2-4 against Hanwell in an exciting match.  This was a hard fought game played with an emphasis on attacking play and end to end football. The Dragons were 2 nil down at half time but fought back with 2 goals and more looked on the cards  but Hanwell hung on to take the three points.

The U16 Reds lost 1-4 away to top of the premier West Drayton in their second ever Harrow Cup semi-final.  West Drayton had only lost one game all season but the Dragons came out the better team for much of the time and almost scored in the first 30 seconds. Drayton took the lead after the Dragons failed to clear a free kick and went in to half time in the lead. After the break the Dragons started the stronger, winning a penalty after being taken down in the box to draw level. Drayton regained the lead from a long throw in and then doubled their advantage after a world class strike from their centre midfielder. As the Dragons tried to salvage something they were caught out on the counter attack to concede. The score line does not give the Dragons performance justice

There were no other matches.

Kensington Dragons Results W/E 27 January 2019

Fellow Waterlogged Dragons

With a deluge on Saturday most matches were called off:

The U11s Girls beat Kinja at home 6-2.  Despite the muddy and cold conditions the Dragons showed their spirit.  Within the first few minutes they fired the ball into the back of Kinja’s net and then quickly followed with another. Despite missing their goalkeeper the Dragons were bold and kept on attacking to bang in another four goals.  

The U11 Boys match was called off as the pitch was waterlogged

The U12 Boys match was called off as the pitch was waterlogged

The U13 Girls beat Broomwood 12-0 on Wormwood Scrubs. This was a stunning performance from the Dragons who at half-time were already in the driving seat leading 4-0. They kept working hard and were hungry for goals and scored another 8 to finish with a massive victory

The U13 Boys match was called off as the pitch was waterlogged

 The U14 match was called off as the pitch was waterlogged

 The U15 match was called off as the pitch was waterlogged

 The U16 Whites lost 1-3 away to Brook House.  Amid a hailstorm, the Dragons went 2 nil down but were offered a lifeline in the form of a penalty, just before the interval, which alas they squandered. In the second half the Dragons found an extra gear and piled on the pressure resulting in a well-taken, long-range goal. As they pushed for the equaliser they were caught with a sucker punch which made the score line look more one-sided than the Dragons deserved.

 The U16 Reds match was called off as the pitch was waterlogged

The Firsts lost away to St. Panteleimon . The Dragons started well and In the 10th minute found themselves in front of an empty goal but a difficult shot just missed. The game was then equal with both teams creating few opportunities . St. Panteleimon took the lead in 18th min before the Dragons equalized. Just before half time the referee gave St. Panteleimon a penalty on incomprehensible grounds. It took time to clarify the situation but the referee did not change his mind leaving St. Panteleimon to score. The  Dragons then fell apart and lost faith to allow St. Panteleimon to pull ahead and win.  One bad refereeing decision had changed everything.

The Reserves drew 2-2 with Cantenay Park at Linford Christ Stadium. The Dragons played well in the first half and then much less well in the second. The match was spoilt by a string of poor refereeing decisions to leave the match an unsatisfactory draw with two clear penalties not awarded to the Dragons

The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

Kensington Dragons Results W/E 20 January 2019

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Whilst the rest of world hunkered down in the cold the Dragons keep thumping in goals to cheer themselves up as they recorded a total of  52 goals compared to a measly 13 for the combined opposition clubs, with every match won by the Dragons:

The Firsts drew 1-1 with Larkspur Rovers in the Premiership at Linford Christie Stadium.  Larkspur rather cruelly pounced on a minor Dragons miscalculation at the beginning of the match to score first. It was then a hard fought game which finally lead to a wonder goal from the Dragons who then looked like they would go on to win – despite a scare in the final minutes.

The Reserves  beat Ruislip 3-2 away. This was a great Dragons performance as they started on the front foot moving the ball quickly & smoothly from side to side to go 3-0 up. Ruislip managed to get one back to end the first half 3-1. The second half was a repeat of the first, but without goals from the Dragon who demonstrated great team spirit throughout.

The U11 Boys beat Kodak 4-0 away. This was the second occasion this season that the Dragons had traipsed out to Kodak but this time, rather than letting the game slip away in the second half, they controlled from start to finish. The nearest that Kodak got to scoring was being awarded penalty – which was duly saved by the superb Dragons gaolie.

 The U11 Girls beat Alexandra Park 8-1 away.  The Dragons started with their usual fighting spirit as they displayed phenomenal team work throughout the game.  By half time the Dragons were 3-0 up  and enjoying every moment.  The second half began with the same intensity as the first and within minutes another goal was scored.  The girls sensational passing and tight defending secured 4 more goals.  A fantastic performance!

The U12s beat Brunswick 6-2 away.  A bright and positive start saw the Dragons build up a commanding  two goal lead by half time. Brunswick pulled two goals back to level the score with 15 minutes left on the clock. It was the Dragons though who were the far the superior side with strong performances from all as they pumped in 4 more goals. A very good performance all round.

The U13 Girls beat Whetstone 2-1 away in a cracker of a match.  Such was the tension that there was a flurry of interclub emails after the match focusing on the role of linesman and coaches.

The U13 Boys beat Ickenham 4 – 1 at home.   This was a crucial contest as the Dragons were neck and neck with Ickenham at 3rd place in the League. The Dragons pressure led to a serious advantage in terms of possession and, once the speed of their attack stretched Ickenham’s defence, the goals soon arrived.  A combination of 4 strong subs and the coaches’ focus on fitness levels again led to a strong second half with the outcome never in doubt.  

The U14s beat AFC Wembley 17-1 away. Yes 17 – not a typing mistake.  After a solid performance last week when the Dragons could have won, but instead left North London with a draw, they took no chances against Wembley. They flew with the ball like mythical dragons and stung like bees, leaving Wembley to concede 17 goals!

The U16 Dragons Whites just lost 1-2 to the Dragons U16s Reds at Linford Christie. It was the Reds who scored first and so it was the Whites who went into the second half 0-2 down. The Whites have deep reserves however and toiled away to pull back to 1-2 but batter away as they did they could just not get their next goal. The series between the two Dragons sides was left as a 1-1 draw.

 The U16 Reds just beat the Dragons U16 Whites 2-1 at Linford Christie Stadium. The Reds were looking for revenge after losing to their compatriots earlier in the season. The Reds started somewhat overexcitedly but eventually calmed down to score twice to go into the second half the happier of the two teams. The Whites then put the Reds under pressure to score with 20 minutes left so it was then a case of pulling up the shutters to see out the game to win. 

The U15s beat Concorde 4-1 at Linford Christie in a return to form. Despite missing a couple of key players the Dragons dominated Concorde from start to finish. A great display of connected fieldwork and passing was the key to the Dragons renewed vigour and confidence.  The 2-0 lead at half time was a 4-1 emphatic win by full time. 

The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

 

Kensington Dragons Results W/E 13 January

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 The Dragons piled on the goals at the weekend, scoring 38 compared to a combined 15 for their oppositions:

 The U11 Boys pummelled Pinnstars 8-0 at the Scrubs. The Dragons rather enjoyed it when Pinnstars rampaged down the hill in the second half to scare the Dragons. It was like watching a horror film – one enjoyed the excitement but knew that one would remain unscathed. If truth be told it was the Dragons who controlled mostly from start to finish to record a thumping win.

 The U11 Girls beat Vicky Park Rangers 3-1 at home in their first game of the year.  As usual the Dragons did not fail to disappoint. From the start they showed that they were determined to win and attacked right from the off. The Dragons defence remained tight as the combination of great team work and spirit lead to a sound win.

 The U12s came from behind to draw away 2-2 against a frustrated Wealdstone. The match was fairly even for much of the time but it was the Dragons who showed inner grit by coming back from being a goal down twice.  The disappointed Wealdstone were poorly behaved at the end.

 The U13 Boys beat Venceremos 5 – 0  away.  Playing on a small pitch, the Dragons attack was stifled in the first half by the Venceremos keeper and by heavy traffic in front of the box.  After changing formation at halftime, the pressure and skill level was too much for Venmcermos and the Dragons thumped in 4 goals in the second half. 

 The U13 Girls beat Kinja 11-1 away. The Dragons played really well, dominating the game throughout. Serious in defence, never complacent and always hungry to get the ball and score. It was better to be a Dragon, than a Kinja parent, on the side-line.

 The U14s drew 1-1 with Princes Park. The Dragons failed to adapt to the small, sloping pitch. They played generally well, creating numerous chances, but were not clinical enough to score. A lack of communication and a poor clearance led to Princes Park seizing an opportunity to score first. The Dragons however never stopped believing in themselves and brought it back to 1-1. In the second half Princes Park sat back and defended for a draw. The Dragons attacked and attacked but could just not get the vital winning goal.

 The U15s lost 1-5 to Headstone Manor away. The Dragons were missing key players and succumbed to a side that they had beaten, or drawn with, in recent meetings. The Dragons would have easily have won on another day. 

 The U16 Reds beat Wealdstone 3-1 at Linford Christie Stadium. The Dragons started the stronger and grabbed the first goal with a great acrobatic effort. It was then a scrappy game, with neither team able to create chances. In the second half Wealdstone started well but the Dragons were resilient and doubled their lead before Wealdstone quickly pulled a goal back, making it a nervy last 15 minutes. The Dragons defended well and then sealed the game very late on after rounding the keeper and calmly finishing to win.

 The U16 Whites beat Pitshanger 3-0 at Linford Christie Stadium. The match started slowly but with the Dragons in control. In the second half, with the introduction of a couple of different players, the first Dragons goal went in and then Pitshanger could not cope as they let the Dragons created chances to score twice more.

 The Reserves drew 1-1 with Stonewall away in a game they should have won. This was a great performance from the Dragons who controlled the game and scored from a magnificent free kick. They then could not capitalise on their chances and finished the first half just 1 – 0 up.  The Dragons defence was vastly improved from previous games but Stonewall managed to find a crack in the Dragons wall from a free kick to draw level. The Dragons could have had the last say when their veteran striker passed the Stonewall keeper to find himself in front of an open goal – the excitement proved too much and he passed, rather than thump the ball into their goal.

 The Firsts lost 0-3 to third placed PFC Victoria London in the Premiership at Linford Christie Stadium. PFC are a good team and on the day capitalised on their luck whereas the footballing cards did not quite fall into place for the Dragons

 The U10s trained in preparation for joining the League next season

Kensington Dragons Results W/E 6 January 2019

Fellow Dragons

Happy New Year as we cruise towards the sunlit uplands of a warm spring:

The Firsts beat Tottenham Hale Rangers 3-0 away in the Premiership. The Dragons controlled the game to pull 3-0  ahead before forcing Tottenham onto their back collective feet smothering their attacks which increasingly became desperate as they hoofed the ball up the field to no avail. The result was never in doubt. A great start to 2019!

The Reserves just lost 2-3 at home to Speedy Utd in the Cup. This was a much better performance from the Dragons who ended the first half 2-1 up and in control. The second half started even better and it looked as if the Dragons would extend their lead but alas Speedy took advantage of 2 defensive errors to win! The Dragons Coach was heard to say: “Heart breaking after such a good performance!”

The U15s drew 2-2 with European Football Academy away. The Dragons have now taken 7 points from the top three teams as they continued their progress. End to end action exposed the meticulous passing of EFA to the Dragon’s raw explosive talent. The score line then slipped towards an EFA victory when, as The Sun might have put it, “A DA IS BORN!” as the Dragons new striker rescued his team in the last minute with an impossibly tight angled strike that left both teams speechless.

The U14s beat top of the table Parliament Hill 3-0 away. This was a game where the Dragons demonstrated that they were no longer boys as they stood tall to play with great determination and desire as they drew 3-0 ahead at the half. Parliament tried their hardest to turn the result around but the Dragons refused to panic as belief drained from Parliament. A tremendous match and result.

The U13 boys lost 1-3 at home to undefeated league leaders Hanwell.  The Dragons kept it close all match but ultimately succumbed to two fantastic Hanwell strikes.   A few missed opportunities by the Dragons could have pulled them level, but Hanwell also hit the posts twice in a tense match.

The U13 Girls had no match

The U12s lost 3-5 at home to Bessingby Park Rangers. In general this was a reasonable performance from the Dragons who need to sharpen up their passing in the second half of the season.

The U11 boys had no match

The U11 Girls had no match

The U10s trained in preparation for joining the league next season