ASTRO TROPHY: Churchdown Panthers Whites 2-4 Bishops Cleeve Colts U16
Sunday 21st January 2018
Panthers played good football against a year group up, and competed well. Unfortunately it is the case that good football was beaten by the long ball game, and the better team did not get what they deserved. We were guilty of giving away a couple of cheap goals, but could still have come away with a result.
Cleeve scored goals on 11 and 17 minutes, both as a result of misplaced balls out of defence, but on 21 minutes we were back in it. Kian Gardiner played a fantastic ball from the left side to put Ethan Dunbar through on goal. Ethan calmly lifted his effort over the keeper. But with a minute or 2 left on the clock in the first half, Jazton Juico felled the Cleeve striker in the box, and Cleeve converted the penalty.
Just 4 minutes into the second half, Cleeve scored again, from a counter attack after Panthers had started the 2nd half well. Mid way through the second half, Ehren Wintle played a slide rule pass for Ethan Dunbar to get on to and grab his second.
Another day we would have got a result from this game. A slightly disappointing way to finish the astro cup competition, but the team played some good stuff. Player of the match for excellent application of pressure on the Cleeve back line, is Ed Leech.
Russ and Tony