Howden Clough B 1 v 8 U14 Panthers [14/9/2014]

Howden Clough B 1 v 8 Ossett Town U14 Panthers
Goal Scorers: Ben Fishman (2), Chris Colley (2), Reece Cowan, Christian Hamer, Dan Fletcher (2)
Man of the match: Whole Team
Squad: Dan Fletcher, Ben Fishman, Seb Fealy, Jamie White, Mark Scott, Edward Colley, Chris Colley, Lewis Cartledge, Matthew Wilson, Bradley Woollin, Reece Cowan, Jack Reynolds, James Leonard, Christian Hamer
The Panthers kicked off the season with a comfortable win against a poor Howden Clough side.  Three players were on debut, Matthew Wilson, Jack Reynolds and Jamie White, with Christian Hamer and Bradley Woollin on ‘second’ debuts following their return to the team.  It was one way traffic from the off and it wasn’t long before the Panthers went ahead with a long range shot from Lewis Cartledge parried by the goalkeeper, leaving a tap in for Dan Fletcher.  This soon became two when a superb run by Chris Colley was finished with a thundering shot into the top corner.  A further run and shot from Chris saw the fall drop to the feet of Reece Cowan to tap in for 3-0.  The home side then had a good chance to get on the score sheet but Seb managed to clear off the line.  Other than that the back five of Jamie White in goal, Mark Scott, Matthew Wilson, Seb Fealy and Jack Reynolds had very little to do.  In midfield Bradley Woollin ran well on the left and Lewis Cartledge ran well in midfield with some excellent passing.  A fourth goal soon followed, another fine effort from Chris Colley.  Ben Fishman was then introduced and soon made it 5-0 with a simple finish following another run by Chris.  Dan Fletcher made it six shortly before half time with another close range effort.
Half time: 6-0.
The second half started much the same way as the first ended with the Panthers on attack.  James Leonard had numerous good runs down the right, as did Christian Hamer down the left.  Edward Colley was also now on at right back and got his foot in when needed.  Two further goals followed this half, one from close range Christian Hamer and a shot from 12 yards out from Ben Fishman.  Howden Clough battled on and managed to grab a consolation goal to make the final score 8-1, though it could and should have been a lot more.  There were a number of excellent set piece deliveries throughout the game, in particular corners, which should have been converted with more accurate and powerful headers, something to work on there boys.
An easy game to start with boys, but there will be much sterner tests than this to come.  The man of the match award went to the whole team, but for me two players stood out, Christopher Colley was my man of the match for his excellent first half performance and Ben Fishman for his second half display.
Well done boys!