GFA COUNTY CUP RD 2: Fairford & Lechlade 1-7 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 5th November 2017
Some spells of great football from us today, good quick passing and creating plenty of chances.
It took just one minute to open our account. A volleyed ball over the top by Cameron Thornton was taking in hs stride by Ethan Dunbar, finishing when 1 on 1. The lead was extended on 14 minutes. A Jakub Kroliczak corner was nodded in by Kian Gardiner. Then on 21 minutes, Kian Gardiner used pace down the left to get to the byline and smash the ball across goal, for Tom Whiteside to finish at the back stick.
We were a bit slow to get going in the second half and Fairford were the better team for the first 10 minutes. Early in the second half, they also scored. We lost possession in midfield, and as the defense stepped out, left room behind for a 1 on 1 which was converted. But we wrapped the game up in 2 minutes around the quarter hour mark. First an Aidan Limbird ball behind the defence for Ethan Dunbar was cut back to Jaydon Dix on the edge of the area, to fire a debut goal in off the post. Then Jon Whiting fed Kian Gardiner on the right hand side and a deep cross was headed in by Ethan Dunbar.
On 23 minutes of the second half, Kian Gardiner challenged for a ball which as a result broke for Ethan Dunbar to convert a 1 on 1 and complete his hat trick. Then with 10 minutes left, a Jakub Kroliczak corner was cleared to Aidan Limbird on the edge of the area, who caught hold of a great half volley to conclude the scoring.
Good work in spells, a few things to work on, but generally a good day at the office and a deserved win. For his work rate, goal and 3 assists (even if Terry says he can't claim the last one ;)), our player of the match was Kian Gardiner.
DIVISION 1: FC Lakeside 0-3 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 8th October 2017
Another week with the team stretched for numbers. Special mentions to Elliot Whitfiled who made a star appearance outfield (almost converting an overhead sissor kick volley :)) and to Kye Brice, playing despite still recovering from a knee injury.
We were not at our best in the first half, but still created a few chances to score, while remaining solid at the back. Amoung the chances was a penalty for Ed Leech, who after winning it, unfortunatley saw his effort from the spot saved, by a keeper who played well for Lakeside.
The football in the second half was much better, and the movement we talked about at half time got us the first goal 5 minutes in. Tom Whiteside played an angled ball from the middle of the park, for Kian Gardiner on the left to drive in at goal. His effort was saved, but Ethan Dunbar was brightest in the area, to turn in the rebound. Then just a minute later, Aidan Limbird picked up in midfield and fed in to Ethan Dunbar who beat the last man and finished well. It took until the 68th minute to score again. Ethan Dunbar completed his hat-trick after finding space at the back post from an Aidan Limbird corner.
Clear improvement in the second half, and a deserved win in the end, even though we had to be patient. For doing a job in midfield that he didn't want to do, yet still bagging a hat-trick, our MOM is Ethan Dunbar.
GFA COUNTY CUP RD1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 3-2 Leckhampton Rovers Lions
Sunday 1st October 2017
The level of effort from every single player today was outstanding. We needed a big game and they all brought it.
Having held off some early Leckhampton pressure, Panthers took the lead on 14 minutes, when a Jon Whiting ball over the top was expertly controlled and finished in off the post by Ethan Dunbar. Then in the last minute of the first half we got a deserrved second. Jon Whiting was again the provider from a free kick, which fell to Ed Leech to hit low into the back of the net.
With only 12 players against a strong physical side with a full compliment of substitues, took a herculean effort on our part. 15 minutes into the 2nd half and Leckhampton were back in it. After Panthers giving up possession in midfield, a long shot came back off the bar and fell to the only player to react at the far post, and turn it in. However, we got our 2 goal advantage back just 5 minutes later. Jon Whiting again with a ball into the box, which Anna Barnes set for Ed Leech to finish for his second. Then we ended up with a nervy last 10 minutes, after a speculative punt from a Leckhampton player in midfield, held up in the wind, and dropped over Alex Fulford in goal.
It is so difficult to single any one player out today, for man of the match. They all played with passion. But for his 2 goals, the honour this week goes to Ed Leech.
LEAGUE CUP RD1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 12-1 Slimbridge Spartans
Sunday 24th September 2017
This fixture was a complete mis-match against lower league opposition, that could have been an even worse score had we not cut the game short, and supported our opposition in the second half. Story of the first half....
4 mins - Jacob Krolicazak deep cross to Tom Whiteside who set the ball for Harry Staddon to fire in across the keeper.
5 mins - Harry Staddon played a good ball in for Ethan Dunbar to score.
10 mins - Jon Whiting picks the ball up in midfield and dinks it over the defence for Ethan Dunbar to round the keeper and score.
13 mins - Harry Staddon cross is converted by Ethan Dunbar for his hat-trick.
14 mins - Harry Staddon through ball for Ethan Dunbar to net his 4th.
26 mins - Jon Whiting switches play for Jakub Kroliczak who cuts inside and scores.
31 mins - Tom Whiteside collects the ball, turns and plays a slide rule pass for Jazton Juico to finish.
37 mins - Ben Murphy finds Kian Gardiner who shifts onto his left foot and drills home.
40 mins - Ethan Dunbar turns provider for Jakub Kroliczak to net his second.
After spending most of half time chatting to a dejected opposition we decided to change things up. Our forwards went in defence and vice versa. We agreed to retreat to half way to let them play out, and we allowed them to field 12 players. The referee also stopped the game on 65 minutes with agreement from both parties.
47 mins - Dan Clayton on the edge of the area finds Ben Murphy to crash a shot home.
59 mins - Ben Murphy crosses for Alex Fulford who controls with his chest, plays keepy-up to turn and then volley the ball home.
60 mins - A break by the opposition and they get on the scoresheet!!
61 mins - Pretty much from kick off, Tom Whiteside and Alex Fulford play a few 1-2s to progress through the middle of the park, before Alex nets number 12.
It is not easy coaching a game like this. We made some right choices for 2nd half, but that of course means that we don't get to play how we are supposed to. Still, we were clinical in the first half, and moved the ball about well.