DIVISION 1: Gala Wilton 5-1 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Tuesday 24th April 2018
You know what, we did make some uncharacteristic mistakes, and we didn't do some of the basic stuff right, but the half time score was harsh. We also didn't have the rub of the green. From the mid point of the first half to the end of the match, we were the better footballing side.
5 minutes - too much time in midfield and a ball punted over the top, was finished well.
12 minutes - a long punt forward, flick on and we conceeded a foul on the edge of the box. The free kick was well executed off the inside of the upright.
32 mintues - a long punt forward from a free kick near the half way line, which caught in the wind and floated into the roof of the net.
34 minutes - a good through ball that was finished well.
39 minutes - a long punt forward, a flick on and a goalkeeping error by Alex Fulford, splilling the ball and leaving a tap in.
We switched formation for the second half and caused them problems. Many more chances created. A number of shots that were too hot to handle for the Gala keeper, but they seemed to bounce of his legs and luckily behind all the time. A deserved colsolation goal eventually arrived with just 4 mins left. Ed Leech drove into the box and was felled. Alex Fulford converted from the spot.
It was no doubt a disappointing result at this stage of the season, but there is plenty to look back on and be proud of. Having come off the bench and instilled a bit of solidity in midfield, our player of the match was Jon Whiting.
Goal kick by Prestbury, intercepted by Kian Gardoner, whose shot was saved. Evenly matched start. Free kick from Kian Gardiner was saved. Joe Jeremiah great pass for Jakub Kroliczak who shot just wide. Great battling by Cameron Thornton to earn a free kick. 26 mins - Aidan Limbird turn on right, crossed for Ed Leech to set up Ethan Dunbar for a tap in. Ethan Dunbar free kick, goalie saved. Shot from Prestbury over the bar. Another shot by Prestbury, excellent save by Alex Fulford.
Great defence helping Alex Fulford. Jakub Kroliczak with a shot over. Prestbury deserved an equaliser 1-1. Free kick to Prestbury skied over the bar. Controversial decision by referee. Linesman flagged for the ball out of play, a Prestbury player caught the ball in the box, but the referee had not blown his whistle. Ehtan Dunbar fired home the penalty. Great run down line bu Ethan Dunbar keeping the ball. Great body block by Ehren Wintle. Booking to Prestbury player. Great work by Joe Jeremiah running down and taking on players. Great work by Ethan Dunbar going past 2 players, resulted in a corner. Jakub Kroliczak with a great cross from deep was turned in by Tom Whiteside 1-3. Cross from Joe Jeremiah, collected by Tom Whiteside left foor into goal 1-4. Good defence from boys. Good talking by Ben Murphy. Corner for Panthers, Ethan Dunbar shot on goal but saved. Good save to goalie from Ethan Dunbar shot. Great work by linesman Chris.
Panthers were not at their best today, but still managed to grind out a good resilt. Player of the match was Jazton Juico.
A very solid performance, and plenty of good football. A great effort by every player.
Despite creating a number of chances early on, it did take 26 mins to register the first goal. Cameron Thornton drove into the box and was felled. Charlie Holliday found the corner with the resultant penalty. Then on 33 mins a great ball from Joe Jeremiah left Kye Brice to finish in style.
Just 5 mins into the 2nd half and a towring clearing header from Jazton Juico, was flicked on expertly by Charlie Holliday into the path of Ethan Dunbar to finish. 3 mins later, Jon Whiting fed the ball out left for Jakub Kroliczak, whose cross/shot dropped inside the far post. On 56 mins, Jakub Kroliczak was the provider, crossing for an Ethan Dunbar rap in. Then 6 mins later, Jon Whiting slid the ball in behind the defence for Ethan Dunbar to finish. One minute later and an Ethan Dunbar shot was saved, but Ed Leech was brightest in the box to knock in the rebound. On 71 mins, great strength from Kye got him away from markers and it was his turn to feed Ethan Dunbar for another finish. 5 mins later, a Joe Jeremiah cross was half cleared into the path of Ethan Dunbar who fired home again, on the half volley. The last chance of the game felll to Joe Jeremiah who won a penalty, but then fired the spot kick over the bar.
Panthers were sensational at times today. A difficut one to single anyone out, but with 5 goals and an assist, the player of the match goes to Ethan Dunbar..
This game was a really tough ask on a very heavy pitch. It was somewhat marred by some controversial moments, but Panthers bossed the majority of the game.
Wotton actually took the lead on 28 minutes. Daniel Clayton seemed to execute a perfect WWE maneouvre on the Wotton striker, which resulated in a converted penatly.
But Panthers took charge 3 mins later. Cameron Thornton found Jaydon Lehal who fed the ball perfectly for Jon Whiting to hit a banging levelller, in off the bar. Then 6 mins after that, Jon Whiting crossed into the box to Tom Whitside who controlled the ball on the turn and allowed Jakub Kroliczak to finish at the far post.
The only goal in the 2nd half came on 74 mins, when a Wotton backpass evaded their own keeper for an own goal
Panthers were in conrol of this game. The back 4 were solid, but the midlfield were a delight. The player that stood out for contirbution and is the player of the match, is Cameron Thornton.