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.
We weren't at our best today, which was not suprising having had a few weeks of cancelled games, but were still in full control of this game.
It took 25 mins to register the first goal. Charlie Holliday dribble down the left flank, beat 2 and crossed for an Ed Leech tap in. 10 mins later and another Charlie Holliday cross led to a goal, the clearing header falling to Kye Brice on the edge of the area, who found the top corner. Kye then turned provider on 40 mins with a wonderful back heel that put Charlie Holliday through in the box and he finished superbly past the keeper.
On 67 mins, Cameron Thornton floated a free kick in behind the defence, which found Ethan Dunbar who headed past the keeper. 2 mins later and a shot by Kian Gardiner, was then volleyed by Ed Leech, to cannon off a defender and into the back of the net. Dubious goal decision panel awarded the goal to Ed Leech :). 2 more mins later and a ball kicked from the Wotton keepers hands, was expertly controlled by Jaydon Lehal, who then dinked the ball over the top for Ed Leech to run on to and chip the keeper. Then 3 mins later we may it 7. Cameron Thornton hit a shot across the keeper, which was turned in by Kye Brice.
The players dropped the tempo to that of the opposition. Had we played at the standard and pace we are capable of, this would have been a far bigger margin. The player who was superb today, adapting what he has been shown in training in regard movement off the ball, and for his hat-trick, the player of the match is Ed Leech.
This was an excellent win, in a game that was always going to be tight and get a bit contentious at times. It was the belief, attitude, focus on football and high energy from the kick off that won through. A very much deserved vistory for Panthers.
We went in level at the break
The only goal of the game came on 54 minutes. Ed Leech was brave in a tackle to win the ball and put Ethan Dunbar away on the right. Ethan got to the byeline and whipped the ball across the box, for Jakub Kroliczak to finish at the far post.
We created enough chances to perhaps have scored another goal or two, but football won out in the end. All players should be really proud of their adaption today. For terrifying the Cleeve defence with his pace, and doing a good job of securing the ball high up the pitch, our player of the match is Kye Brice.