Dragons 3 Pirates 9
WEEKEND MATCH REPORTS
SATURDAY 23/9/2017 – BLACKBURN HAWKS -v- THE DRAGONS
The Dragons made the trip to Blackburn on Saturday but found themselves woefully short of what is needed to compete in the Moralee NIHL 1 League. Individual errors, turnovers and cheap penalties from a depleted Dragons Team should take nothing away from a dazzling performance by The Hawks young star Kieran Brown, who took the game by the scruff of the neck and posted figures of 5 + 2.
There are no excuses for a way below par performance and whilst the Dragons grabbed 4 goals from Parsons, Kennedy, McKenzie and Wigglesworth, positives were hard to find as the Hawks put 16 goals past the young Dragons net minders.
The travelling Dragons support will hopefully remember the game for the long-term injury return of #55 Kennedy, #30 Ollie Johnson making his senior debut in net and #12 Wigglesworth dropping the gloves centre ice and then dropping the Hawks Captain Lomax.
The Dragons had no time to lick their wounds as they faced Hull Pirates the next night at The Den.
SUNDAY 24/9/2017 – DRAGONS – v – HULL PIRATES
Former EPL side Hull Pirates visited the Den boasting a roster full of talent, seeking to pile the misery on the Dragons. Trying to forget about a heavy defeat the night before, the Dragons appeared short of established D Men, carrying injuries and sitting at the wrong end of the League table.
The Dragons again failed to set any pattern of play in the first period, coughing up chances and cheap penalties. Perhaps it was a hangover from the night before, but the home team looked out of sorts and finished the first period 6-1 down with only a #5 Parsons goal for the crowd to shout about.
A clearly frustrated Coach McKenzie had stern words with the team during the break. The Dragons weren’t going to be pushed around anymore! Perhaps the Pirates had not heard of the Dragons “Never Say Die” spirit, but the previously untroubled Pirates found the Dragons getting sticks in and the putting the body on right from the start of the second period.
GB under 18 net minder #26 Armstrong led from the back pulling off a series of fine saves with goals from #10 Chappell and #55 Kennedy, The Dragons won the period and finally the home support had something to cheer.
The final period saw a continuation of the Dragons efforts and whilst the result wasn’t in question after the sloppy first period, the fans were in no doubt that every single player gave their all for the shirt. Final Score Dragons 3 Pirates 9.
Man of the Match #26 Armstrong