Wyrley Panthers v Wyrley Tigers Friendly Match

A day of derbies today as the Panthers faced two other Wyrley Juniors teams.

In both games good football was played and the Club can be proud of the football these young teams are trying to play.

Having had a few bad weeks of late the Panthers started this match like they meant it and went on the front foot from the off playing the ball out from the back with pace and precision.  However, the Panthers found it a struggle to find a way past the solid Tigers defence.

The Panthers finally breached the Tigers defence with a deflected strike from George Whitehouse.  However, the Tigers heads did not go down and they continued to defend with vigour, with defender Will extremely impressive.

The Panthers grabbed a further goal their passing play deserved when George Whitehouse scored from another long-range effort.

The match was concluded with a goal from Sam ‘Scotty’ Scott from another Panthers quickly taken corner.

A good game to watch and both teams can be proud of how they played.

Well done to George Whitehouse who deservedly won man of the match this week for not only his goals but his passing out from the back and his disciplined approach to defending.

Wyrley Panthers v Wyrley Wanderers Friendly Match

The Panthers started the second game slowly and were caught out early by a lovely through ball and a great finish from the Wanderers striker.

However, the goal certainly woke the Panthers up and from the kick off they displayed some relentless, breath-taking passing football.

The Panthers created plenty of chances with their slick passing but the Wanderers held onto their lead well and defended the goal for their lives.  However, the goal came from some good football between Louis Beesley and Josh Reynolds who both linked up together brilliantly throughout the game, Louis Beesley was the creator and the move was finished sweetly by the tenacious Josh Reynolds.

The second goal came from Ben ‘Tank’ Maginness, who despite being unwell, and having to be taken home in the second half, managed to create havoc in the Wanderers defence and finished a pacey run with a sublime finish.

The third and fourth goals came from the new ‘Ash’ and ‘Smash’ combination.  Josh ‘Smasher’ Mason was playing in a free role in front of the defence and worked tirelessly making tackles and distributing the ball well.  It was Smasher’s two curled crosses into the box that were converted by the fox in the box Ashton ‘Goals’ Cooper.  Big congratulations go out to Goals who has worked tirelessly in games and matches lately without many goals to show for it and despite hitting the post already he showed his class by finishing both chances brilliantly.

Man of the match in this game deservedly went to Josh ‘Smasher’ Mason who has come on leaps and bounds this season and his vast improvement and confidence is really starting to show on a Sunday.

Well done boys for putting the past few matches behind you and getting back to playing high tempo, fluid football, today was a joy to watch.  Keep up the good work!

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