ASHMORE PARK RANGERS 1 – 0 WYRLEY JUNIORS TIGERS
The Tigers were first up against Ashmore Park Rangers, and it was Rangers that quickly found their stride. They were playing some neat passing football and each of the outfield players showed good composure on the ball. That said, they were finding it difficult to beat a resiliant Tigers rear guard as they came forward in a one sided first half. The decisive goal came following a goal mouth scramble where it appeared that the ball had just crept over the line much against keeper Joe Timmins best attempts to claw it back. The second half saw the Tigers come more into the game, but it was clear that it was going to take something special to level the scores. Final Score 1-0 to Ashmore.
WYRLEY JUNIORS TIGERS 0 – 2 WYRLEY JUNIORS PANTHERS
The second match saw the Tigers of Wyrley take on the Panthers, and it was much anticipated. In a first half of few clear cut chances, it was the Panthers that took the lead with a shot from the edge of the box which looped over keeper Joe Timmins and nestled in the back of the net. The second half saw a couple of controversial refereeing decisions after an incident where Panthers seemed certain to score only for Lewis Hall to heroically clear off the line, most notably when the referee failed to call a goal kick in the Tigers favour with the ball atleast 2 yards out of play. With the keeper and the players still complaining, the Panthers were quick to take advantage as the Panthers fired the ball into the net. This led to further Panthers pressure as the Tigers tried to regroup, and in that period of play the Tigers were fortunate not to concede a penalty with a foul in the area which the referee called outside. The freekick whistled past the post as the match drew to a close. It was a hard fought encounter and both teams can be proud of the effort they put in.
These 2 matches were the perfect yardstick to see how far the Tigers have come in a few short weeks, and everyone involved can take great heart from what they saw.
Well done to Kian Cox, Aran Poonian, Joe Rodda, Scott Grosvenor-Hayes, Lewis Hall, Armaan Sohi, Tom Sutton, Bradley Nutting, Cole Askey and Joe Timmins.