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Sun 15th December 2013 - League
Panthers 2 V 0 Castle Juniors
Pitch : Shenstone
Match Report

Four Oaks Panthers 2 v 0 Castle Juniors

 

Four points clear for the New Year!!

We entertained Castle juniors again today, with us wanting to continue our excellent record against them.

The first half was a fairly even affair, with both defences needing to perform well to keep out the opposition. Castle were committed to a through- ball game where they continually attempted to feed their lone striker from midfield – but this was unsuccessful as Tom or Joe normally snuffed out the threat, and on the few occasions it evaded them the striker found Aidan in an advanced position to clear the ball and thwart the attack.

At the other end some last ditch defending saw a goalless first half draw to a close, a half which wasn’t without controversy when a gilt-edged penalty appeal by Nathan was overruled in order to play advantage! (?)

On the balance of play Panthers shaded the first half and picked up in the second half where they left off – taking the game to the opposition, with some fine work in midfield from Mitchel, Will, Regan and Alfie.

Our attacking midfielders and front line were causing Castle all sorts of problems but we couldn’t quite capitalise…… until some misfortune saw the Castle keeper kick poorly – and Will take advantage, riding his challenge and shooting home from close range.  1 - 0.

Our second was far more accomplished, seeing Connor pick up the ball, advance around 2 defenders with some good footwork and chip the keeper from the edge of the box. 2- 0.

Castle found another gear for the last 15 minutes, but the back 4 now including Regan, Joe, Alex and Brad looked solid throughout and Aidan  maintained a clean sheet to see us claim a 2-0 victory, top spot for Christmas, and put some daylight between us and the chasing pack !!

Come on you Panthers !!!

Man of the match :  Mitchel

Parents man of the match:   Connor

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

 

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