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.
LEAGUE CUP QF: Leckhampton Rovers Lions 2-0 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 19th November 2017
It is of course disappointing to see the end of one cup run. However, the pleasing thing to take from today is that Panthers were the only team trying to play good football.
Leckhampton scored 2 first half goals, which is the first time this season we have conceeded in the first half!! It took just 2 minutes for them to create a tap in for the first, and then 19 minutes in they scored again, on the break from our own attack.
We again struggled for a bit of tempo today, and wanted to take too many touches in the wrong areas of the pitch, giving up posession a bit too often. But when we did play, it was good, and we were competitive in the challenge. An injury to Tom Whiteside in the first couple of minutes did not do much to help! The most consistent players today, and doing a great job covering the defence when needed, our player of the match is Jon Whiting.
Onward and upward. Stuff to work on in training, but reasons to be proud of the effort.
LEAGUE CUP RD2: Churchdown Panthers Whites 5-0 Churchdown Panthers Reds
Sunday 12th November 2017
Despite scoring an early goal, Whites were a bit slow to get going today and find a rythym. But the last 10 minutes of the first half and throughout the second half, we played some really good stuff. We were not made to play at a high tempo, but what we did, we did effectively.
The early goal was on 3 minutes. A Jon Whiting corner, was headed clear but into the path of Daniel Clayton who found the roof of the net from 25 yards. Whites were unable to add to the goal until 31 minutes in. Jakub Kroliczak played Aidan Limbird in behind the defence and he crossed for Tom Whiteside to finish. Then with 5 minutes of the half left, some great simple passing on the left created space for Jon Whiting. Anna Barnes played it in for Jon, who turned and also fired into the roof of the net.
The game was wrapped up 5 minutes into the second half. A Jon Whiting corner fell to Jakub Kroliczak in the box, to smash in from close range. Then 8 minutes later a Jon Whiting cross was headed back into the box by Jakub Kroliczak for Ethan Dunbar to convert on the half volley. We created plenty more chances to add to the goals, but it didn't quite happen. Still a job well done.
The midfield trio of Jaydon Dix, Cameron Thornton and Jon Whiting were excellent today. For keeping the game simple, recognising when he needed to cover defenders, and working well at finding space to receive the ball, our player of the match is Jaydon Dix.