This years annual tournament attracted 23 teams and with a late morning start it was a very early start for the 2 Dragons teams as they assembled at Blackweir ready for a 7am departure. The games in the tournament were played over 10 minutes in our 2 groups each of which consisted of 8 teams and games were played on half of full size pitch. It was an enjoyable day throughout with a great team spirit between everyone. Thanks to Claire who was a great supported and also first aider throughout the day.
Dragons Red were very unlucky not to qualify from their group finishing on a creditable 11 points with 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses which would more often than not be enough to progress. The Reds conceded just 2 goals in their 7 games a very good achievement against some strong opposition. In reply the Reds scored 6 goals with Jason (2), Mark (2), Ed and Ruth scoring the goals with Mark also providing 4 assists. It was great to see Ruth making her 6’s debut for the Dragons and scoring a goal which she was thrilled with as her celebration showed. Everyone in the team contributed greatly to the team spirit and performance and there was a great deal of effective football played in all areas throughout the teams games. Anthony and Mark were both excellent battling on despite injury as was Ed who finally got a well deserved goal. Darrin, Jason and Amos’s play and experience was also vital as was Ruth’s with her energy and support both on and off the field which gave an extra lift to the team.
Dragons Red: Jason C (manager), Anthony R, Dave A, Darrin H, Ruth, Mark B, Ed L.
- Dragons Red 0-0 Brighton 1
- Dragons Red 0-1 Birmingham1
- Dragons Red 1-0 Yorkshire1
- Dragons Red 0-0 Leicester3
- Dragons Red 4-0 Bexley
- Dragons Red 0-1 Nottingham2
- Dragons Red 1-0 Wolverhampton1
Dragons Blue had a more difficult day but still managed to win a game and were unlucky not to gain further points playing some competitive football and only going down by the odd goal in most of their other matches. There were a lot of positives to come out of the day though with Tomas and Michael both playing well in what was their debut tournament for the Dragons. Michael also scored the teams goal and was unlucky not to add to it. John A unfortunately was not 100% on the day but still as always gave his all as did Richie and Christian who made several great saves in goal. Murray was as reliable as usual in play helping the team play as a unit and with a good spirit. Thanks also to Chris Crimmins who helped us out by playing for us on the day.
Dragons Blue: Murray H (manager), Christian J, Tomas R, John A, Michael, Richie J, Chris C.
- Dragons Blue 0-1 Trowbridge
- Dragons Blue 0-1 Mersey
- Dragons Blue 0-2 Yorkshire2
- Dragons Blue 0-1 Birmingham3
- Dragons Blue 0-1 Wolverhampton2
- Dragons Blue 1-0 Leicester4
- Dragons Blue 0-1 Leftfooters
On a warm and sunny afternoon the Dragon’s visited Devon and in a tight encounter and were unlucky to lose out to the hosts on the day.
The match was played on decent 3G type astroturf surface and the Dragons settled well in the early stages defending solidly and winning a lot of the ball in all areas. This resulted in us having a lot of possession and territory but despite this clear cut chances were few and far between. The Dragons best efforts came through a long range shot from Stefan which was well gathered by the home keeper and a well struck free kick by Muzz which flew narrowly over. At the other end Devon managed to get in a few dangerous crosses but these did not result in any clear scoring opportunities. They did however manage a couple of well struck attempts on target from the edge of the area but these were well gathered by Amos who was having a solid game making a welcome return from retirement in goal. The Dragons nearly took the lead right on half time when Jason played in Simon but a good attempt went narrowly wide. Score line 0-0 at half time.
The Dragon’s made one change for the second half with Darrin our only substitute coming on into midfield. The Lions started the second half the better of the 2 teams and forced a couple of early chances but Amos again dealt with these well. After 10 minutes or so the Dragons began to find their feet again but although forcing a lot of play in the final third clear cut chance were still hard to come by. Simon and Michael were continuing to work hard up front and Simon did find the net midway through the half but unfortunately he had strayed offside. The pressure continued with Hywel and Stefan winning a lot of midfield ball but despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles from corners the visitors could still not find the net. This was to prove costly as the Lions who were playing some testing balls forward caught the Dragons with two sucker punches within 5 minutes. Their first goal came from a close range header as a Lions player capitalised on hesitation in the home defence following a ball in from the right. The sun was making it difficult to judge some arial balls and one of these through the centre caught out the Dragons defence soon after and the Lions centre forward kept his cool with a good lobbed finish. With nothing to lose the Dragons reverted to 3 at the back in an attempt to get back into the game quickly but the Lions held us at bay to run out 2-0 winners.
Well done to Michael who had a very good debut and to Hywel who was voted Dragon’s player of the match. It was also good to see our captain Anthony back in action following injury and having a very solid game. A very encouraging performance overall with everyone making a fantastic contribution on the day including our supporters.
Dragons team: – Dave A (GK), Aris D, Murray H (manager), Anthony R (captain), Jason C, John A, Hywel J, Stefan M, Michael W, Michal L, Simon E, Darrin H.