Semi-Final heartache for both teams, when we could have easily had an all Churchdown final. It was a good tournament, with the challenge of just 5 aside format, but also a chance to play different teams.
Both teams progressed from the group stages as champions, with a combined "goals against" tally of just ONE from 10 games! This meant we could avoid each other in the semi's, but both suffered unlucky 1-0 defeats.
GROUP A - Churchdown Panthers Oranges
v Broadwell Spartans - Won 2-0 - Goals: Tyler Jones x 2
v Broadwell Magpies - Lost 0-1
v Lydney Town A - Won 3-0 - Goals: Tyler Jones x 2; Aidan Limbird
v Monmouth Kingfishers - Won 2-0 - Goals: Tyler Jones x 2
v Croesy Athletic A - Won 1-0 - Goals: Tyler JOnes
GROUP B - Churchdown Panthers Whites
v Croesy Athletic B - Won 1-0 - Goals: Jon Whiting
v Lydney Town B - Won 1-0 - Goals: TBC
v Broadwell Warriers - Won 4-0 - Goals: Kian Gardiner; Anna Barnes x 2; Ethan Dunbar
Some good passing football on show today, and a good run out against a physical side.
Panthers took the lead on 7 minutes. A Jon Whiting corner was flicked on by a Broadwell head to Harry Staddon to turn it in at the back stick. Ten minutes later and a carbon copy, with Jon Whiting's corner this time finding Sonny McCarrick at the far post to finish well.
Nineteen minutes into the second half and Panthers extended the lead. Jon Whiting in midfield set Kye Dean off on a run down the right wing. Kye got to the byline and crossed to Harry Staddon at the back post to turn in, for his second. The fourth came 6 minutes later, with Harry Staddon and Jakub Kroliczak moving the ball well on the left side, with the chance falling to Jakub to fire across the keeper.
With a couple of minutes left, Broadwell got a consolation. Panthers failed to clear their lines, and when possession was lost, the cross was headed by Jazton Juico, but only into the path of a Broadwell player who volleyed home.
A good work out. Some nice flowing football creating our chances. Player of the match, for his movement when out of possession as much as what he did with the ball, was Jon Whiting.
MATCH REPORT: FRIENDLY - Gala Wilton U15 3-3 Churchdown Panthers Whites U14
Saturday 15th April 2017
Another opportunity to test ourselves, and step up against a higher age group. This time we had a team riding high in the Severn Valley U15 league and in the final of the U15 cup, yet we demonstrated again that we are more than capable of competing at the level.
Ten minutes in and Ethan Dunbar fired us in front. This followed some great work and a pin-point cross from Kye Brice. Gala got level 8 minutes later, with their route one play to the big man up front, getting the better of keeper Alex Fulford in the 1 on 1 battle. But with 5 minutes left in the half, a short ball from keeper Fulford, to Daniel Clayton, a long ball from Dan chested by Ethan Dunbar into the path of Kye Brice, and Kye burst away from the defence and fired high over the keeper to restore our advantage.
Gala got themselves level again 25 minutes into the second half. A repeat of their first. Long ball to the big guy, who won the 1 on 1. But 5 minutes later the lead was restored. A fine through ball from Kian Gardiner gave Tyler Jones a 50:50 challenge with the keeper, the loose ball leaving Tyler to roll the ball into an empty net. Unfortunately with 5 mins left, Gala levelled yet again. This time some Panther indecision at the back allowed them to steel in and knick the late goal.
Panthers played some cracking football. Some of the passing and movement on show today was a fantastic effort. For his determination throughout the game, and for winning the overall battle against the big man up front, our player of the match was Jazton Juico.
Panthers played some really good football today, and controlled this friendly fixture. Commentary courtesy of Dee Murphy ;).
Debutant Will Fowler was the first on the scoresheet, having been played in superbly by Aidan Limbird. The second goal was to Ethan Dunbar, following a long ball forward from keeper Alex Fulford, Ethan controlled the ball and rounded the Abbeymead keeper to finish.
Ethan Dunbar then scored number 3, turning in a corner from another debutant, Kian Gardiner, seconds after coming back on as a sub. Then Ethan Dunbar completed his hat-trick, when he and Sonny McCarrick both broke through on the keeper, Ethan getting the vital touch. Then with the last kick of the game, Will Fowler set up Harry Staddon to score across the keeper into the far corner.
Despite the heat and a hard dry pitch, we played some really good stuff today, and created a lot more chances than the 5 we scored. Everyone played with good energy, high levels of effort and a smile on their faces. Player of the match went to all of them.