Westend Pumas 2 v 16 U13 Panthers

Result: Westend Pumas 2 v 16 Ossett Town U13 Panthers
Man of the match:  Mark Scott
Squad: Scott Rankin, Christopher Colley, Edward Colley, Thomas Wright, Mark Scott, Sebastian Fealy, William Hall, Ben Fishman, Lewis Cartledge, Callum Burden, Reece Cowan, Daniel Fletcher and James Leonard
Match Reporter: Debbie Fishman
League: Huddersfield League Under 13 Division 4A

The Panthers got the new season off to an emphatic start with a 16-2 demolition of Westend Pumas who to be fair battled gallantly to the end. Playing up hill first half and against opponents who were perhaps a mix of players from all their three teams it could have been tricky. But from the off the boys were at their opponents with Reece and Seb combining numerous times on the right to create gaps and scoring opportunities.

Both Reece and Seb had early efforts well saved by the keeper and Ben also had an effort go just wide. It was incessant pressure from the Panthers but it took nearly 20 minutes for the breakthrough when Lewis put the ball into the back of the net at the second attempt. This opened the floodgates and a second soon followed with a 25 yard blockbuster from James Leonard, who was excellent on his debut for the mighty blues. His shot hit the under side of the bar and went in.

A third soon followed with Callum coolly lobbing the keeper, a fourth came from Seb with an excellent shot and a fifth came from Ben with a cross come shot that landed in the net. A break away by Westend saw their impressive centre forward fouled by Edward in the penalty area, a clear penalty. The centre forward got up take the penalty himself and gave Scott no chance to make it 5-1. Normal service was soon resumed when Ben chipped the keeper to make it 6-1 at half time.

With the Panthers going downhill second half it was always going to be one way traffic and so it proved. A further ten goals were added, with two from Reece, three from Lewis, including a header, yes a header, one from Mark, Dan, Ben, James and Callum. The home side did get one this half with a long range effort which evaded Scott. In spite of not having a great deal to do both Thomas Wright and Chris Colley were excellent at full back.

Final score 16-2

Overall this was a great team performance, but Manager’s man of the match went to Mark Scott who defended excellently against against a tricky and big opponent winning numerous headers and also chipping in with a goal. Well done Mark. Special mention must go to two players who were involved in nearly every goal that the Panthers scored and played football like it should be played. Those two are Lewis Cartledge and Ben Fishman who contributed seven goals between them and were involved in the bulk of the other nine goals. Well done boys.

In spite of what I am sure will be greater tests to come, with a seemingly settled squad of the same 14 players we should be looking to finish in the top two this season boys.

Exciting times – good to be back.