What a fantastic way for this team to sign off. An empahtic 7-0 win to earn the crown of U16 Division 1 Champions. A brilliant end to the season, with some great wins.
We didn't play our best in the first half, but went in with the lead as Ethan Dunbar found the bottom corner with a free kick on 23 mins.
Once again, our start to the 2nd half was electric and we blew the opposition away early doors. 4 mins in and a long ball downfield from Alex Fulford, set Ethan Dunbar away between the 2 defenders and he finished the 1 on 1 well. 2 mins later, Kian Gardiner swang a great ball in from the left, behind the defence for Ethan Dunbar to crash home at the far stick, securing his FIRST hat-trick of the game. 4 mins later and a riochocheted ball forward was acrobatically flicked over the last defender by Ethan Dunbar, putting himself in behind to lob the keeper. 3 mins after that, Jon Whiting cut infield from the right and played a slide rule pass for Ethan Dunbar to finish well again.
Scoring slowed until the last 10. On 72 mins, Kye Brice set Josh Bird in behind the defence. Josh created space, but then passed back to Kye Brice for a tap in. And then in the last minute, Ethan Dunbar secured his 2nd hat-trick with a prod home, after a shot by Tyler Jones was parried by the keeper.
This has been a phenomenal end to the season. They deserve it. Proud of them all. CHAMPIONS!!!!
DIVISION 1: Gala Wilton 1-2 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 14th April 2019
A fantastic display of grit, determination and desire. Great effort all over the pitch and the deserved result.
Despite chances for both sides, it was goal-less at half time.
Panthers had an electric start to the second half with both goals in the first 3 minutes. The first came from some great passing play out from the back between Cole Hallam and Ehren Wintle. The final pass into the area from Cole Hallam, was controlled by Ethan Dunbar on the turn and then a shot into the bottom corner. Then a couple of minutes later, Josh Bird had created space for a shot at goal which was parried out by the Gala keeper to Kye Brice. Kye steadied himself then crossed into the area for Ethan Dunbar to header home his second.
Just after the mid-point of the second half, Gala pulled one back to make it a nervy end to the game. A free kick was hit into the box for a free volley into the net.
A superb effort today. Proud of them all. A captains performance by Ben Murphy.
DIVISION 1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 2-1 Gala Wilton
Sunday 31st March 2019
A forward in goal, 2 midfielders and a forward in defence, and 10 men for 50 mins of a game against top of the table. Could only be one result, right? Not when you have a team of players with the battle, fight and desire they showed today. Every one of them should be proud of a gritty performance.
Gala did get their noses in front on 14 minutes. A long ball forward that we didn't deal with, fell for the forward who created space on the edge and drilled the ball into the corner. That lead only last 3 minutes. A Jakub Kroliczak corner, found its way straight into the net, give or take 1 or 2 Gala heads. Jakub is claiming the goal :).
Then 20 mins later, Panthers were in front. Great work on the right wing by Josh Bird, who beat one, cut inside and drove into the area before being felled. Josh picked himself up, and converted the penalty with confidence.
The only negative was in the last few minutes of the half, when Dan Clayton picked up a straight red for innapropriate language.
There was a few chances for goals for both sides in the 2nd half, but neither finding the back of the net. Largely this was a result of game management and downright sheer determination by the Panthers players. A few will sleep well tonight.
What a great performance on a very bobbly pitch which made good football a tough ask. Good performances all over the pitch. Solid at the back with a bit of a makeshift defence. A battling midfield performance, and a return to Panthers debut goal for Tyler Jones. Plenty to be happy about.
Despite being the best team in the first half, we went in 1-0 down. A corner on 30 minutes that was bundled over the line. Defending set pieces are an area we need to work on.
We were confident of getting back in it in the second half, and created enough chances for it to have been an even more convincing scoreline. 17 mins into the 2nd half, some great work on the left flank by Josh Bird, who played it into the area for Ethan Dunbar. The challenge on Ethan pushed the ball to Kye Brice to toe-poke home. On 63 mins, Dan Clayton took a quick throw down the right hand touchline for Cole Hallam to spin and get past 2 defenders, before the latter bundled him over in the box. Ethan Dunbar stepped up to confidently convert the pen. And then in stoppage time we got the deserved third. Kian Gardiner with a ball down the left wing for Ethan Dunbar, who squared to put Tyler Jones through 1 on 1, finishing in style.
A fantastic effort and a deserved win against a good team.
The gameplan was to play into the wind in the first half, frustrate the opposition and then hit them with the wind in our favour in the second half. We got that 50% right. Despite conceeding the only 2 goals of the match, in the first period, we played our best football into the wind. We were the better side and created panic in the opposition with the chances we created. Panthers should have grabbed a couple of first half goals themselves. However, we allowed a Cleeve player a free header from close range at a corner on 11 mins, and then just before the half time whistle, got caught out with a free kick assisted by the wind.
We were still very confident at half time about getting back into the game, but did not make the most of the wind advantage. The play wasn't at the level of the first half, and we didnt really carve out any clear cut chances. In fact, the highlight of the second half, was a penalty save by Alex Fulford to prevent us falling further behind.
It was a good effort in some challenging conditions today, just need to be a bit more clinical.
On another day we might have scored half a dozen goals, but despite being the best team on the day, we were not clinical enough in the final third. Couple that with both first half goals being ruled out!
We fell behind on 7 minutes, a floated cross from the right, and an unmarked man with a free header at the far post.
Just 3 minutes into the 2nd half and a through ball from Kye Brice found Ethan Dunbar to prod home under the keeper. At the mid way point and follow sustained pressure Panthers got in front. This time the supplier of the through ball for Ethan Dunbar, was Jon Whiting. Unfortunatley we conceeded late on from a corner, that was tipped onto the bar by Alex Fulford, with a Cam player brightest to volley in the rebound.
Not at our best today, but played well enough to have taken all 3 points.
It is unfortunate that we haven't come away with something from this game. Definately the better footballing side, focussing on our play out from the back as opposed to hoof it football. Perhaps lost one or two battles that we shouldnt have, but it was always going to be a tough ask with just 12 players, of which a few carried knocks. They all dug in and deserved something.
It was a frantic first 20 mins. Leckhampton opened with a goal on 7 mins, using pace to break beyond our back line. Two mins later, a Jon Whiting free kick fell the way of Tom Whitside, who back heeled it to Ethan Dunbar to level with a superb top bins finish. 2 mins later, Lecky got back in front when their winger was allowed too much time at the byeline to pick out a pass to a player bursting forward at the edge of the area. Lecky then used pace and a straight ball through the middle to create a 1 on 1 and add their 3rd on 19 mins. With 10 left of the first half, Josh Bird played an excellent through ball for Ethan Dunbar to lift over the keeper and get one back.
Lecky restored their 2 goal cushion 12 mins into the 2nd period. Again, the player on the right wing afforded too much time to pick out a pass to create the goal. Then just as we moved toward time added on, Alex Fulford launched a long throw into the box, which fell to Ethan Dunbar to drill home his hat trick.
We also hit the bar a couple of times in the game, and definatley deserved something for the effort.
Overall the better team and a good performance. The 2nd half didn't quite match up to the first, but that is sympomatic of carrying a good lead into the 2nd period and taking the foot off the gas. It was a deserved result.
Panthers took the lead in the first minute. A Jon Whiting free kick was chested down by Ethan Dunbar and set up for a Ehren Wintle to finish. Two goals were added in quick succession mid-way through the half, both Kye Brice assists for Ethan Dunbar goals. The first came from Kye in the middle with a fantastic pass to find Ethan in space. The first effort hit the post, but Ethan was bright enough to turn in the rebound. Then a minute later a Kye cross from a run on the left, was finished by Ethan. A final effort was added in the last minute, a Kian Gardiner corner finished with a deft header from Ethan Dunbar (completing his first half hat-trick).
Prestbury came out blazing for the second half and instantly pulled one back. A free kick floated into the box was not defended and left a tap in. On 64 mins they got another one back. Again this came from Panthers gifting the ball away in our defensive third. But with 5 mins left Panthers added the final goal, a Kian Gardiner cross from the left, finished by Kye Brice.
A couple of iffy goals against in the second half, but a good performance and a deserved result.
Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year
Back to winning ways and a goal scoring return to football for Harry Staddon. Happy days. We had to work hard on a very boggy pitch, with control of the ball being a challenge throughout.
But we hit the ground running, opening the scoring in the 3rd minute. A Kye Brice cross from the right was tucked home by Ethan Dunbar. Cam levelled on 13 minutes through a free kick from a tight angle that went straight in, but Panthers lead was restored seconds later, coming forward from the kick off. Tom Whiteside fed Ethan Dunbar, who beat the last defender and crossed for Kian Gardiner to finish. But a half time lead was not to be, as Cam levelled with the last kick of the half, a top corner finish from the edge of the area.
A great start to the 2nd half and an early goal for Harry Staddon. He got on the end of a cross from the left from Tom Whiteside. Then with 15 mins left, the game was secure, Josh Bird bringing the ball forward and a slide rule pass inside, for Ethan Dunbar to finish.
A deserved result. The better team on the day and quality shone through.
COUNTY CUP RD2: Churchdown Panthers Whites 1-7 Bishops Cleeve Colts
Sunday 25th November 2018
I think we put today down as a bad day at the office! We were the better team for the first 15 minutes, but after Cleeve levelled our performance was a bit lacklustre, full of mistakes and we gave away some poor goals.
Kye Brice put us in front on 8 minutes, steeling in at the back post to convert a Jakub Kroliczak cross. Cleeve levelled on 20 minutes, a long ball and the forward rounded the keeper. 6 minutes later, Cleeve had a free header at the near post from a corner to go in front. They stretched the lead in the last minute of the half, again from a corner and a goalmouth scramble.
8 mins into the 2nd half, confusion with a ball out from the back resluted in a 1 on 1 for number 4. 17 mins another free header from a corner. 30 mins a ball over the top, lifted over keeper. 39 mins a corner goes straight in.
Back to league action next week, and a chance to pick our performance back up again.