York Mitchell Sports League - Under-10s
This week, the boys faced a home tie against close neighbours Dunnington and, having beaten Dunnington away earlier in the season, were looking for the double in the spring sunshine.
Panthers started the game but didn’t look themselves in the opening couple of minutes and allowed Dunnington to press forward and hit an early warning shot, Matty in goal equal to the effort, pulling off a lovely save to turn the ball round the post.
Panthers started to impose themselves on the game, playing some lovely football in all areas of the pitch. Josh was the first to test the Dunnington keeper, with a lovely shot which the keeper did well to get to and keep out.
Panthers continued to pile on the pressure from the goal kick, the ball picked up by Luke who played a clever ball through to the advancing Will who continued his run down the wing hitting a lovely ball across, which was met by Josh, firing Panthers into a well-deserved 1-0 lead.
Panthers were soon on the attack again with Luke playing a ball over the top which was seized upon by Josh, forcing yet another Panthers corner just before the half-time whistle.
Will E came on for Will S at the start of the second half, which meant a slight change of positions, with Charlie pushing up into midfield, Ryan coming across to the left of defence with Will E slotting in on the right.
Dunnington started the second half but were soon closed down by Jamie, with Luke picking up the loose ball and firing in a fine shot which was deflected for a corner. Josh whipped the corner in and Luke was unlucky to see the keeper make a good save to keep him out. Josh hit the woodwork with another good shot.
Dunnington pressed forward down the right with a good shot fired in, which Matty at full stretch got a solid hand to and pushed over for a corner, another great save. From the corner there was a bit of a scramble in the goalmouth, with the ball being forced over the line for Dunnington to equalise against the run of play.
Panthers do have this belief in themselves and, while this wasn’t as fluid a game as they can play, they were all certainly up for the fight and were battling hard as individuals and as a team, fighting for everything. Jamie was unlucky with a couple of shots that sailed just over, the bounce of the ball being a little unkind to him on more than one occasion.
Panthers continued to pile on the pressure with several good efforts on the Dunnington goal, forcing good saves from the keeper or going narrowly wide. From one of the resulting goal kicks, Luke was quickly on to the ball, riding another dubious challenge and keeping his composure to slot the ball past the keeper to put Panthers back in front at 2-1.
Dunnington threw everything at Panthers in the dying minutes, with Luke and Charlie dropping back well to help Ryan and Will E fend off the attacks, which included the Dunnington keeper coming up for corners, but Panthers remained strong in all positions, holding on to a well-deserved 2–1 win.
Man of the match was awarded to Matty, who had been superb in goal again this week, pulling off several important saves.