Pannal Ash V kirk Deighton Semi-Final (Terriers)

Friday 22nd March 2013

As if the excitement of the last round against Pannal Sports wasn't enough we only had the same scenario yet again with the Terriers finding a 3-2 victory, meaning an aggregate 4-4 score across the 2 games. Thankfully up popped the ever reliable Lewis Kettlewell to find the net in injury time and that proved to be the goal that sent Pannal Ash through to the final. It did take some time to actually work out that we were in the final and some of the maths skills (parents in particular) was sadly wanting. A fantastic achievement and richly deserved and we have a great day to look forward to now.

Game 1 (and the only game that mattered)
Archie (gk), Oscar (rdef), Josh D (Ldef) Matthew (cmid), George (lmid) Henry S (rmid) Lewis (Cmid attack)

The game was played in awful conditions on a very heavy pitch which makes the quality of play and attacking moves all the more impressive. The first half was virtually one way traffic and it looked like being a carbon copy of last week at Ilkley as I wrote down so many good moves in my notes but the outcome was always the same -  shot wide or keeper made a great save. We did score quite early though with a lovely move with George H finding Henry S who hit a fantastic shot into the top of the net. It seemed only a matter of time before the floodgates would open such was the dominance of the side. Credit to KD though because their coach must have given them some inspirational words at half-time as they certainly came out fighting at the start of the 2nd half. They scored a great goal very early in the second half to make it 1-1 and then their keeper pulled off  2 saves to deny George H. I'm afraid that in the excitement of injury time I dropped my pad in the mud when Lewis scored and therefore parts of the 2nd half notes are obliterated with mud. Apologies therefore to the players who did great things before George H (learning from last week) hit one from outside of the area and we were 2-1 up. Some more mud splattered sections but I can work out that Lewis shot over and then had a shot well saved by the keeper. KD worked another very good move though with their lad coming back on the inside and firing a super shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-2.
At this point it was very tense as we were actually heading out of the cup. The whole team stuck to their task well though and when Lewis fed George H he hit a beauty to make it 3-2. Time to dash off and watch the bulldogs and we had the ectasy of seeing Ben Stewart score what we thought was the goal to put us into the final. But no that would be too easy for Pannal Ash. KD get a winner to make it 4-4 on aggregate. At least we are ready for injury time  given our exploits in the last round. My apologies for noting very little in those 5 minutes other than Lewis' goal - and it was a tremendous one. George H found Lewis and his nifty feet beat the defender and as good as the keeper had been throughout the game, no chance whatsoever with this one.

Score 4-2 AET
George H 2, Henry S and Lewis

Game 2
(including changes at 1/2 time)
George M, Oscar/Archie, Matthew, Edward, Henry S/Josh D, Lewis, George H

Complete domination won 9-0, could have been 20, with the ball getting stuck in mud in the goalmouth in the first half.  We scored some lovely team goals with goal number 4 of the highest quality. It started with Edward playing a terrific ball out of defence which was collected and taken on by Henry S, he then laid it on to George H who went down the right and pinged over a bullet of a cross which was met first time by Lewis.  Unstoppable and the move drew tremendous applause from all watching.

Lewis 5, Josh D 3, Henry S

Both keepers equipped themselves very well. Such was the domination in game 1 that Archie had little to do but he distributed the ball very well which constantly advanced us up the pitch. Some nice passes when he played right back in the 2nd half of game 2. George M solid in goal in game 2 and he was called upon to make some saves and did this well. Again good distance with the ball. Both of our keepers have improved dramatically with this.

Oscar - really had to be on his game especially in game 1 against some robust and not unskilful attacking players. He was very tenacious in the tackle and very disciplined in playing his position.

Josh D - the usual no-nonsense display. Our goals against tally has improved since Josh joined the Terriers and you always know what you'll get from him - absolute commitment. Great plaudits to him and Archie for volunteering to play sub in game 2 and then when he came on - oh my word - an attacking midfield role and some near misses but he eventually bundled the ball in before adding 2 more for a well deserved hat-trick.

Matthew - I could write the words before he steps on the pitch. Reads the game so well and times his interceptions to perfection. He also ran with the ball well today and in conditions like today an essential player to do all of that unglamorous hard work, without which the rest of the team cannot play. He and George H had a plan to neutralise the KD playmaker out of  game 2 and executed to perfection.

Edward - Continues to develop very nicely. Good intelligent reading of the game with some lovely passes out of defence. Again disciplined and should be very pleased to have been part of defensive unit which kept a clean sheet.

Henry S - Really linked up well and the front 3 looked like the front 3 that played at Wigton Moor before Christmas. A couple of well taken goals and a non-stop effort in both attack and defence.

George H - 2 goals at critical times in the cup game, some sublime passing which constantly opened up the KD defence and must have been involved in nearly every goal. 

Lewis - Yes the 100 goals are up between George H and Lewis (103) and they now aim for a new target. His all-round play today was superb. Very strong against the defenders he faced and certainly more physical than at the start of the season. Usual quick and nimble footwork to leave defenders chasing shadows and what a finish in extra-time - clinical.

Every one of them should be immensely proud of what they have achieved - 3 outstanding cup wins and we now hope for a 4th in the final. So pleasing to see the way they performed as a team and as soon as there was a need to step up and deliver a result, that is exactly what they did. 

Also well done to our coach - he may not have had any rain jackets to chase this week but it can't have been easy watching the game with such tension and he kept the players calm and focused (as evidenced by the booming - "this pitch Josh Dale!"). We owe a great deal of thanks to him that we have made the final.   

Star player today is George H. Well done George
Thank you Richard..

 


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