U9 Panthers vs Parkland Tigers

11 January.
First game of the new year and we showed no signs of being rusty thanks to the two training sessions we’ve already had.
Very quickly into our stride against Parklands Tigers, attacking with the bright sunshine behind us and we were very quickly 2-0 ahead.  Both goals very well taken chances by Alistair, his right foot is developing into a dangerous weapon!
Not too long later and we were attacking again through Robert and Harrison, the ball bouncing around in front of goal finally falling to Liam who bundled it in for 3-0.
Our 4th goal was probably our best, the ball won in defence by Ollie, passed through to Ethan who put a great through-ball, piercing the Tigers defence towards Josh who was running fast towards goal.  The shot was saved and the ball squirted out to the left but Josh chased it down, turned and crossed it back in to Liam in front of goal.  Seeing the keeper was right in front of him and making it impossible to score, Liam laid it off to Robert who had the most simple of tap-ins!
The defence was strong all game, Ollie and Robert not putting a foot wrong.  All of the first half, Tom in goal only had a couple of goal kicks to do until near the end when he came off his line fantastically well to grab the ball right on the edge of his area to stop a Tigers player having a free run on goal!  The first half finished 4-0 and we were cruising.
We continued to dominate the match in the second half, pretty well all our players having shots on goal, in particular Harrison was getting into some good positions.  On a rare attack Parklands managed to get one goal back with a good high shot into the corner.  However, we didn’t let up and finally after several corners and opportunities Ethan scored our 5th with a fine shot.
5-1 is a score line to be proud of but we could have easily had double the number.  We are becoming so secure in defence, supported by a midfield that tackles everything, meaning we can often flood midfield with 4 players and so dominate possession.  It’s a tactic that is working well and with each week the boys passing game improves.
Man of the match this week goes to Liam who has taken on board everything we’ve asked him this season.  He showed his team spirit and great attitude to the game, always looking for a pass rather than holding onto it for too long which today created 2 of our goals.  Well done!

Next Saturday is the last match of this part of the season, home vs Daventry Vikings.