Kensington Dragons U17s 7 vs 0 Pinnstars
After weeks of small squads and miserable results, the Dragons finally got their act together in emphatic style. Buoyed by a return of the energetic Ishmael, a returning fit goalkeeper, a new look strike force and new signings the Dragons settled into the game very quickly. Slick passing and a level of energetic pressing, which had been absent in the last few weeks, saw the Dragons win a penalty in the first 7 minutes. However, it was missed! This highlighted the lack of confidence coursing through the home side.
Instead of this being a precursor for doom, it acted as a wake up call, as within 10 minutes the Dragons were off the mark with Mo scoring the first goal. This proceeded in an opening of the flood gates, with Youel, who started slowly, getting his third goal from midfield this season. The scoring continued with Rinor scoring his 4th in three games and Kaise getting off the mark on his return from injury. These goals were built off the back of neat football in midfield with Tom dominant in both the air and the ground, and Ishmael’s unselfish movement and slick skills helping the team to put the ball into dangerous areas. 4-0 was the half time score and the question was would the Dragons be able to keep the clean sheet that had eluded them all season.
Changes were made at half time, which slowed the pace of the game but it didn’t stop Mo scoring his second goal. He will think long and hard about his penalty miss, especially as Rinor went on to notch two more. Rinor went home with the match ball leaving Mo to consider what if. Healthy internal rivalries aside, 7-0 actually flattered the opposition considering the Dragons failed to hit the target, when they managed to work the ball into good situations, and also an inspired goal keeper actually kept the score down.
After some tough results, the Dragons have made a step in the right direction, scoring goals, creating chances, working hard to win the ball, and managing to keep a clean sheet (which Ben contributed to with some fine saves). Altogether a good performance and a great result. However can the team now create some consistency and fulfil their undoubted potential? Time will tell.