Sunday 18 January 2009
After a month without a game, Panthers started the match, in extremely muddy conditions, well and were soon ahead through a Joshua Eyre left footer which almost burst the net! Danesmore gradually worked themselves back into the game and soon began to dominate midfield. So much so, that by half time they had turned the game completely on its head and had stormed into a 4-1 lead. After a few home truth’s at half time, the lads responded well in the early stages of the second half and had soon reduced the deficit to 4-2 when half time substitute, Owen Davies picked up the ball on the half way line, and after beating a couple of players, unleashed an unstopable shot into the top corner. Within 10 minutes of half time, Panthers were right back in the game with Ross Murti showing his class with a deft finish past the Danesmore keeper to make it 4-3. However, Danesmore soon restored their 2 goal advantage, against the run of play, with keeper James Walters having no chance against the onrushing striker. Despite a couple of storming runs from the back from Owen Cartridge and some long range shots from Andy Vaughan going close, Panthers were unable to press home their teritorial advantage and were left stunned when Danesmore extended their lead to 6-3 with just over 10 minutes left in the game. Panthers could easily have folded now and given up but, to their credit, they showed great determination and swiftly made it 6-4 with a cool finish right in the corner, after a mazy run, from George Coldicott. Panthers had a succession of corners which they were unable to convert and, it was after an amazing goalmouth scramble, that Owen Davies grabbed his second goal of the game to make it 6-5 with just minutes remaining. By now the kitchen sink was going into the Danemsore penalty box and an equaliser seemed almost inevitable. Panthers were awarded a throw in deep into the Danesmore half, just level with the edge of the penalty area. Lewis Ansell, being urged from the line, to launch it into the box, found Owen Davies just on the edge of the penalty area, who struck a right foot volley high over the keeper and into the roof of the net to make it 6-6! The Panthers boys went wild with mud slides all over the pitch but there was still time left in the game. Danesmore took the kick off and immediately Panthers regained possession although despite still having time to go close, were unable to force a winner and the ref’s whistle was greeted with both relief and frustration at the end. Another few minutes and who knows!!??
Parent’s Man of the Match : Owen Davies
Manager’s Man of the Match : Owen Cartridge
The draw maintined Panthers unbeaten home record and brought to an end, a run of 7 straight wins which resulted in Panthers winning the Wyrley Team of the Month Award for November and December. I know the lads are very keen to get back to winning ways on Sunday in what will be a tough game away at Bloxwich Rangers – just need to make sure we keep it tight at the back in the first half this week!