U12 Panthers v Dalton Dynamoes Match Report

Result: Ossett Town U12 Panthers 8 v 0 Dalton Dynamoes
Goal Scorers: Reece Cowan (3), Ben Fishman (2), Callum Burden, Josh Wilkison, Seb Fealy
Man of the match: Lewis Cartledge
Squad: Scott Rankin, Callum Burden, Seb Fealy, Thomas Wright, Lewis Cartledge, Jacob Ripley, Chris Colley, William Hall, Edward Colley, Josh Wilkinson, Mark Scott, Reece Cowan, Ben Fishman, Dan Fletcher.
Match Reporter: Debbie Fishman
League: Huddersfield League Under 12 Division 4A
Well the Panthers have hit good form of late so expectations were high for a home win today based on past results Dalton have had, but right from the first few minutes you realised that wasn’t going to be the case. Dalton were strong from the off and looked very composed as a team. The Panthers started bright with a lovely run from Lewis early on and a shot that was well saved. Dalton then had a glorious chance to go ahead with their striker clean through on goal but thankfully he hit it wide, which was a bit of a wake up call for the Panthers defence.

The game settled a little then, but the wind had a huge part to play making any quality play and passing difficult for both sides. Thankfully, midway through the half another strong run from Lewis and a super ball into the box for Dan to flick onto Reece who cooly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0 and this is how it remained to half time, with not many chances for either side and pretty much a stale mate half. An injury to Josh’s eye saw the game stopped briefly but thankfully he was OK to continue.

Second half and the Panthers came out a different team. Dalton had some early pressure but Thomas, Edward & Mark soaked up this well and Scott came off his line a few times to clear any danger. Callum made some superb runs on the wing and Ben on the left seemed to be working well with plenty of balls into the box from Reece to attack. Seb was strong both going forward and getting back to tackle, Dan and Will worked hard in midfield and tackled well, as did Chris who never missed a ball. Jacob was busy all game and tackled hard, but fair.

The Panthers second goal came from a corner from Callum, Reece’s shot was well saved but fell to the feet of Ben to score. A third goal soon followed a lovely lifted pass over the defender from Lewis to Reece who put a perfect pass to Callum who fired home 3-0 and the Panthers were in the driving seat. The Panthers fourth was slightly controversial as to the goal scorer, but the coach awarded it to Reece, again another great ball in from Callum saw Reece and Lewis both trying to get on the end of the ball and it looked like both got a toe to it. Now the fifth Panthers goal I liked a lot, a lovely strong run from Josh saw him dance and tiptoe around four Dalton defenders to score a lovely individual goal.

Reece got his hat-trick with another fine Panthers move involving Callum & Lewis, well done on your hat-trick Reece, all the running up front and battling on your own for most part of the season makes all your hard work even more rewarding today when you got three well deserved goals and even nicer to see that huge smile on your face.

The Panthers seventh goal came from another burst through the Dalton defence by Josh who unselfishly this time passed to Seb who blasted the ball inot the net. The last and final goal came from another bit of individual skill and strength a strong run from Ben saw him take the ball to the dead ball line and it looked certain he would cross, but he saw the goalkeeper had left his near post unguarded and cooly shot into the net from a tight angle.

Man of the Match went to Lewis Cartledge who was dominant all game and I think he had a hand in every goal today and was unlucky not to get one himself.

An overall strong second half performance from a very relaxed, confident and looking better each week (dare I say) Panthers team. Well done boys, lots of goals and lots of different goalscorers, but some of the build up and play for the goals was the best I’ve seen this season.