Panthers win last league game to go second!

Curley Park Rangers 1 : 2 Panthers

After a long break the boys looked a little off their normal pace at the start of the game. Passing was sloppy and we were taking too long to move the ball. This meant that we were giving Curley Park the opportunity to compete for the ball in the centre of the park and the game was quite slow. Each side had a couple of opportunities, but their keeper and Will in our goal, played very well and kept the scores level at half Time.

Half Time Curley Park Rangers 0 : 0 Panthers

After a reminder of how we are supposed to play at half time the boys went out and looked a different side. The ball was being move quickly through the team and we used the flanks to our benefit. A great move found Ben O’C and he spotted the run of Archie. A great shot chipped up and over the keeper into the far corner and we were off and running. Some more great work down the left flank this time from Ethan resulted in a tremendous cross and Archie was there to meet it, bravely heading passed the keeper and we were now 2 up. The boys were playing well now and we looked like we might get a 3rd. A disallowed goal for Curley Park, for a clear offside, shook us up a little and Luke and Kieran were under real pressure but handled everything thrown at them. Hugo, Jamie and Ben H worked tirelessly and James was always a threat with his pace on the break. Ben S provided some steel on the left and some great passes which almost got us through on a number of occasions to finish the game. In the end with seconds on the clock, Curley Park broke down the left with the ball clearly going out of play. Their linesman was unsighted and the ref played on. The boys watched in horror as they equalised from the cross, but a good lesson was learned – always keep playing until you hear the whistle! Seconds later it was all over and a deserved win for the boys. With that win, in our last league game, we have moved into second place in the NEHYL Premier Division, deserved reward for the boys and their efforts this season.