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.
DIVISION 1: Kings Stanley 2-2 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 8th April 2018
So what do we make of today's game? Two points dropped, or one point gained? It was probably a half of each. We were second best to a team that played with a better intensity in the first half. Then a much improved performance in the second half, got us a point and very nearly all three.
Panthers did snatch the lead in the first half on 28 mins. A through ball from Charlie Holliday gave Ethan Dunbar the chance. His shot cannoned back off the keeper, back off Ethan and into the net. But we conceeded twice before half time. A corner on 34 mins was met by a free header to level, then in the last minute Alex Fulford was judged to have brought down the Stanley striker, and the resultant penalty was converted.
The only goal in the 2nd half was the leveller 18 mins in. Joe Jeremiah showed great strength to win the ball on the right, then drove forward, before putting a cross into the path of Charlie Holliday who fired home.
Panthers were the better side in the 2nd half and laid seige to the Stanley goal in the latter stages of the game. But for 2 worldy saves and a header agains the cross bar, we could have knicked all 3 points. Player of the match is a difficult shout today, but the player who was most consistent was Jon Whiting.
A fantastic team performance notched up a third clean sheet on the trot. Our passages of play were better than the opposition, and we contained them to very few chances of any note. Despite an effort coming back off the Cleeve post, we went in goaless at half time.
The deserved break through, came 10 mins into the 2nd half. A Jonathan Whiting corner fell for Jazton Juico whose shot was parried, only for Kian Gardiner to smash the ball home from close range. We made sure of the points in the last 10 mins. Kye Brice set Ed Leech away. Ed held off the defender, before playing a great ball across the area for an Ethan Dunbar tap in.
Everyone deserves to feel really pleased with themselves this evening. They did a great job. It is hard to pick out one person, but for his endless doggedness in midfield, the player of the match is Cam Thornton.