Today just has to be chalked off as one of those days!! We created enough chances to score a hat full of goals but couldn't put it away. We could have played until midnight and not actually scored. Even when we did score, it is the first time ever I have seen an own goal ruled out for offside!!??!!.
We didn't play at our best in the first half, but overall and for the second half performance we more than deserved something from this game. It just wasn't to be.
The only goal of the game, came mid way through the second half, when a boot out from Alex Fulford, was volleyed back into the box and perfectly for the stiker to be one on one to finish.
Tough luck for the boys today. Finishing next on the training schedule :). For being the architect of a lot that was good in midfield, our player of the match is Ehren Wintle.
COUNTY CUP RD3: Longlevens 1-10 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 3rd December 2017
This county cup tie turned out to be a lot more one sided than was expected ahead of the game. It was a heavy pitch which made the football a bit difficult at times.
Panthers were in front in the first minute. Kye Brice pinched the ball off the defence and put Kian Gardiner in. Kian's shot was well saved, but Kye had continued his run and was rewarded with a tap in. However, on 12 minutes, Longlevens got level. A ball over the top was expertly lifted over Alex Fulford coming off his line. On 22 minutes, Panthers got back in front. An effort from Ethan Dunbar turned into a great pass for Kian Gardiner to smash home. Then 2 minutes later, Ethan Dunbar broke free of the defence and saw his shot saved, only for Jaydon Lehal to turn in from the rebound. Then 4 minutes later, another mazy run by Ethan Dunbar saw him felled in the box. Ethan picked himself up to take the penalty, but it was well saved by the Longlevens keeper.
What a response to the half time team talk. They came out firing and found the net 4 times in the first 6 minutes! First Jon Whiting released Jakub Kroliczak who put Ethan Dunbar through 1 on 1 to finish. Then Kye Brice cut in from the right and fed Jon Whiting to finish. Then Jon Whiting turned provider with a ball over the top for Tom Whiteside to finish. And finally Jakub Kroliczak on the left, played an excellent slide rule pass for Ethan Dunbar to again finish from a 1 on 1.
The game was won by then, and the play dropped off a bit, but we added more goals. On 65 minutes, Jon Whiting curled a free kick right into the top corner. On 72 minutes Jon Whiting played in Cameron Thornton who beat one, then found the corner. And on 76 minutes an excellent through ball from Jaydon Lehal, allowed Tom Whiteside to round the keeper and finish.
Panthers didn't play as well as they can in the first half, but came out firing for the second. A deserved win, and could have been a few more. For his considerable number of efforts in front of goal, our player of the match is Kian Gardiner :).
DIVISION 1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 6-0 FC Lakeside
Sunday 26th November 2017
Back in league action for the first time in over a month, and great to see a positive response to the disappointment of last week in the cup. We played some good football, and despite a few dodgy moments in the first half, were always the better team, and just needed to be patient for the goals to come.
The only goal of the first half, came in just the 5th minute. Kian Gardiner's ball forward was cut out by the defence, but the pass back to the keeper was pounced on by Kye Brice who finished well. Despite creating a number of other chances, the only other key highlight in the first half was in our penalty box. Daniel Clayton was judged to have pushed a player, however, the resultant penalty was well saved by Alex Fulford, who was also alert to get up quickly and save the effort from the rebound.
We won the game with 2 quick goals a quarter way through the second half. On 53 minutes, a Jonathan Whiting corner, was nodded in by Ethan Dunbar, then a minute later, Kian Gardiner outpaced the defence on the left and his cross fell to Kye Brice to drill under the keeper. We then added a further 3 goals in 6 minutes a little while later. On 62 mins, a deep cross from Aidan Limbird was headed in at the back post by Kye Brice for his hatrick. On 67 minutes, Jakub Kroliczak put Ethan Dunbar away and he cut in and fired home. Then on 68 miniutes, a Cameron Thornton slide rule pass was neatly finished by Jaydon Dix.
Good performances all over the pitch. A solid midfield again, and for considerable effort in that part of the pitch, our player of the match is Ethan Dunbar.