We compete in the single squad league so we played a second friendly match to give some more boys a run. A well balanced game ended all square with some really good football played.
Under 11s Girls
The girls U11s made history (or should that be herstory) on Saturday when they became the first female KDR team to win a competitive league match.
The U11 Dragons defeated Poppleton Tigers with a very assured performance. Francesca Moss and Martha Rayner terrorised the Tigers' defence in a first half completely dominated by KDR. With a strong midfield of captain Isabelle Parkin playing a true box to box role and Ciara Streatfield and Lily Wenn ably assisting the attacking threat from the wings the team pressed forward and were rewarded when Francesca scored two first half goals. Martha scored a fantastic solo goal just after the restart and then the team showed their intelligence as they adapted to a stronger second half display from their opponents and defended in a calm, organised way. Lauren Dawson and Olivia Delaney, both playing their first ever game for the club, were magnificent but the whole team defended as a unit and protected goalkeeper Poppy Hall who was excellent in her distribution. The score did not flatter the U11 Dragons and it was a well deserved maiden victory.
Team: Poppy Hall, Lauren Dawson, Olivia Delaney, Isabelle Parkin (Captain), Ciara Streatfield, Lily Wenn, Francesca Moss, Martha Rayner
Player of the match: Lauren Dawson
Under 11s Boys
U11 Boys were away at Ripon, a team we should be competitive against. They have moved to an A and a B system, so for the first two matches of the season we're sticking to last year's mixed teams. Frustratingly we lost both games to the A team, although they were competitive matches. The B team was a reasonable side with a good keeper; we won both games with our first hat trick of the season.
Our debut match at 9 a side level produced a winning start with an outstanding 10-2 victory away at Ripon.
We essentially tore the opposition apart with 4 goals from Jake Parkin (captain and centre half!), 3 from star forward Quinn Garrity, a brace for dazzling winger Keenan Park with Joe Kusinki also joining in the scoring party.
A real joy to watch today.
Under 13s Girls
The U13s Girls started their league careers this weekend with a home game against York RI.
Our opponents won the league and cup double for the last 3 seasons, have been playing together since they were 7, and are the best club in league by a country mile. They beat us 16-0, but split up that was 14-0 in the first half and 2-0 in the second, and our girls kept their heads up and attacked throughout the match.
Under 13s Boys
U13s were highly frustrating. Rather like Aston Villa at Leicester we were cruising 2-0 at half time and basically didn't turn up for the second half and lost 3-2.
U15s played Knaresborough at Thistle Hill and in an entertaining game in the sun emerged victorious 4 –2. The game never quite got away from them. 2-0 to KDR, then 2-1, 3-1, 3-2 and finally 4-2. Chances galore either end. Just our day.
KDR squandered a two goal lead to lose 3-5 at home to Knaresborough Celtic.
Deighton started by far the brighter of the teams and scored twice in the first fifteen minutes - Dan Hodkinson with a powerful shot from 20 yards that flew in just under the crossbar and then Josh Quinn showed great control to receive an excellent long ball from Callum Unsworth and lob the Knaresborough keeper.
KDR looked to have the game under control but three Knaresborough goals in quick succession just before half time turned the game around completely.
Deighton got going again in the second half when Sam Monaghan equalised with a well taken penalty drilled into the roof of the net, but then Knaresborough again responded with two further goals to win the match.
Very frustrating - lack of match fitness ??
Man of the Match went to Sam Monaghan with runner up being Callum Unsworth.
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