Match Report: OSSETT TOWN U11 PANTHERS 3 – 2 WESTEND TIGERS

OSSETT TOWN PANTHERS 3 – 2 WESTEND TIGERS 
Man of the Match: THE WHOLE TEAM 
Goalscorers: Callum Burden (2) & Bradley Wollin
Match Reporter: Debbie Fishman
Wow, where to start – well let’s go with the weather; horrendous.  Wet, cold and windy conditions saw the Panthers take on Westend Tigers, but every child showed enthusiasm in the warm up and seemed up for the game.  The kids were drenched before even kicking a ball, so it was always going to be tough.
Going to struggle to mention players in positions, as thing’s changed throughout the game so much.  The Panthers took the lead with a strong run down the wing from Edward Colley and a superb ball into the danger area saw Callum & Ben queuing up to slot the ball home, Callum was first to it, 1-0.  Westend soon replied with a good goal that Scott Rankin could do nothing about.  Scott and was called upon several times early on to make some darting runs off his line, one resulting in him getting a bad kick on his knee and having to retire for the rest of the game.  Ben Fishman stepped up and pulled the goalkeeper’s shirt on.  The Panthers seemed a little unsettled with the change and Westend took advantage of this with a further goal to make it 2-1 with half time approaching.
Second half and the Panthers lost a couple of players, Josh Wilkinson & Jacob Ripley through sickness leaving them to lay the whole second half with just ten men.  The remaining Panthers players dug deep, Bradley Woolin & Sam Cooke worked tirelessly down the left and pushing the ball whenever possible to Callum Burden to have some good runs.  Sam Malpas was solid, as was Chris Colley & Edward Colley defended like a giant.  James Drake was quality throughout and a real hero with some last ditch tackles.  William Hall was busy tackling and putting himself about, it really was a team effort.
The Panthers got the equaliser with a confident finish from Bradley Woolin from a well taken Callum corner, just what the team deserved.
Ben Fishman was called upon on numerous occasions in goal and made some fine stops particularly considering how wet the conditions were. Ben’s kicks out were superb and took a lot of pressure off the defence.  Callum Burden had some great strong runs which eased the pressure off the whole team.  Seb was strong in his tackles and got forward as much as possible to assist Callum. The winning goal came from Callum Burden who was strong and precise with a long run and cool finish to win the match for the Panthers.
Man of the match went to the whole PANTHERS team, for what I must say was an incredible team effort with every player giving 100% to the Ossett Town shirt.  A special mention also to the Westend players who like Town’s were positive and gave a great display of junior football, I as a parent was very proud of all the players today, well done boys. 
In addition to my report, Coach Steve Fealy has also added some of his own comments regarding the match (see beloe).
Coach’s Comments
All the boys turned up to play in what transpired to be horrible conditions. Wet, windy and just 4 degrees. By half time, 3 players had to go home through injury, illness or not wearing the right clothing.
The second half saw a lacklustre Panthers side take to the field with just 10 players and losing 1-2. They took on board my comments at half time and demostrated how they have been coached to play. Each boy played with spirit, guts and determination for over 30 minutes, and didn’t concede a goal but scored two to win the game 3-2. The 10 players bossed the second half and deserved to be recognised as a group for ‘players of the match’. The boys who started, finished as young men and were a credit to the Panthers. However, special mention must go to the following:-
Ben Fishman, for going in goal to replace the injured Scott without any hesitation, and stepping up to the mark with some fine saves, ball distribution and vocals from the back – thank you Ben.
Edward Colley (Cpt) – went from midfield to back four for 2nd half, and performed as the captain should, mopping up the few errors his team mates made and encouraging where he could – thanks Ed.
Callum Burden – all 2nd half as lone striker, running about and showing great stamina whilst chasing everything. 2 goals and an assist too, thanks Callum.
Sam Cooke – owning the left side as a wing back, linking well with Bradley & Callum when attacking, and carrying out his defensive duties too – thanks Sam.
To all who played today’s game in terrible conditions, you helped a middle aged bloke enjoy his Sunday morning – proud of you all!