First of all I would like to thank all the Dragons that make the long journey up to Leeds allowing us to enter 2 teams in the tournament. I’d also like to thank Jordan and Kris for their support on the day thank you lads it was much appreciated.
It was great to be able to stay over on the Saturday night to relax before Sunday and my thanks go to both Jason and Muzz for their hard work in organising the availability forms, transport and hotel.
This time last year the Leeds Tournament was the Dragons first ever 5 a side tournament. Even though neither team qualified from the groups we did fantastically well and the weekend was a success. It was going to be very interesting to see how much progress we have made in just 1 year.
Even though from a personal point of view I was really looking forward to the tournament yet again I knew I was struggling with a finger injury picked up the previous Sunday at training.
Dragons Blue: Jason (Manager), Amy, Chris S, Dave F, John A, Lucy, Stefan.
Dragon Blues excelled winning 3 games drawing 1 game and losing 3 games finishing on 10 points and a very creditable 4th equal in their group. They scored 5 goals and conceded only 4. Everybody gave 110% Chris S made some brilliant saves Amy was as solid as ever at the back Dave made some telling tackles and scored 2 well taken goals Lucy’s skill and positioning was excellent as always, John A had some really great shots on goal and his work rate was great as always, Stefan’s movement and skill all over the pitch was fantastic and Jason’s experience and positioning was what was needed from the manager.
Dragons Red: Amos (Manager), Muzz ( Club Captain), Ali, Anthony (Club Vice Captain), Chris C, Ed, Hywel, Mark.
Dragons Reds went through the group without conceding a single goal Ali was outstanding in goal for 5 of 7 group games with the old man Amos playing the other 2 games. Anthony scored 5 goals ending up top goal scorer for the Dragons in the tournament and was solid at the back and even took a yellow card for the team. Muzz captained the side as always giving 110% and never missed a tackle. Hywel scored a fantastic goal on the turn and played solid football down the wings. Ed’s running and skill showed well and he scored a goal. Chris C has so much skill and was able to turn and show that off in the games. Mark scored 2 goals his attacking and defending ability was non stop.
Qualifying for the last 8 of 32 teams was a fantastic achievement finishing 2nd in their group with 15 points. Winning 4 games drawing 3 scoring 9 goals and not conceding a single goal. Last 8 played Romans after another brilliant performance Dragons Red went down 1-0 to the Romans.
All that is left for me to say is that there was no Dragon of the tournament as each and every Dragon can be equally proud of what you achieved well done to everyone you are all the Dragon of the tournament.
Goalscorers on the day –
Dragons Red – Anthony 5, Mark 2, Ed 1, Hywel 1
Dragons Blue – Stefan 2, Dave 2, Jason 1
Dragons Red Results
Birmingham 2 Draw 0-0
Leicester 2 Won 3-0
Leftfooters 1 Draw 0-0
Aberdeen Won 3-0
Dublin 1 Won 2-0
Nottingham 2 Draw 0-0
Yorkshire Won 1-0
Romans QF Lost 0-1
Dragons Blue Results
Romans Lost 0-2
Leftfooters 2 Won 3-0
Falcons Draw 0-0
Bristol 1 Won 1-0
Merseyside 1 Lost 0-1
Hotscots 1 Won 1-0
Yorkshire Lost 0-1