Competition: Spring Cup
Date: 3rd April 2016
Centre: Aldridge Airport
Stonnall Phoenix 1:2 Wyrley Juniors Panthers
A closely fought cup match saw Stonnall narrowly beaten by Wyrley.
The match, which was excellently refereed throughout, started with both teams enjoying attacking possession whilst defending solidly. This was exemplified after 12 mins when a looping shot from a Wyrley forward was acrobatically hooked off the line by Sedgy.
The resulting corner, however, was played in low to the six yard box and was met first by a Wyrley player who poked home for 1:0
The opposition were now enjoying quality pressure whilst Stonnall Phoenix were playing mainly on the break. One of these breaks had Squiggy make a left wing run and put in a quality ball across the area which Mac was inches away from getting an outstretched boot on. Benno then came on and immediately caused problems for the Wyrley defence with his characteristically bustling runs.
The Phoenix defence of Sedgy, Zac and Harry was well disciplined and with Pembo’s good handling and particularly a spectacular save, the opposition found it difficult to add to their advantage whilst on top.
In the second half, Stonnall had greater possession and Mac, who had dropped back to a forward midfield role, was holding and linking up play very well. Following a few half chances for Stonnall, Wyrley gained possession in midfield and their forward ran through and shot from distance. The ball unluckily crept over the line to make the score 2:0.
The Phoenix lads’ heads never went down and they continued to play attractive flowing football which was finally rewarded with two minutes left when a ball into the opposition box was flicked on by Squiggy and Mac shot past the goalkeeper for a well deserved goal to make the final score 2:1 to Wyrley Juniors Panthers.
There are many positives to take from this game as the lads competed equally for much of the match with a team from Div 1 and we look forward to the next match in the Spring Cup.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
MOTM was awarded to Charlie by Wyrley Panthers manager.
The result doesn’t show the true picture of the game, with respect to Wyrley Panthers we were very unlucky to come out of this game with anything less than a draw.
Apart from the last 10 minutes of the first half it wasn’t evident of the difference in leagues. The second half saw us very evenly matched creating a number of good chances and equally defended well.
More great positives from a narrow defeat – in training this week we did a thorough heading exercise – in today’s game we competed in the air and won a majority of the balls with a name on it!! Several weeks ago we wouldn’t have done this.
We also played with several players out of position or tried another position. Well done to those lads, by doing this you will gain the vision/challenges of those who play there regularly.
Tempo was up today from previous games, continuation of what we are doing will pay dividends, regardless of the score these cup games are also being used by myself and Wayne as measurement of where we are and what’s needed for next season. Much more of the same will be fine!
Well done lads.
Neil & Wayne
For some parts of the game we were in full control, we created some good chances and defended well when we had to. What we did in training with the headers we did in the game with screaming our name like we’d been asked to do.
The result wasn’t fair because we played as good as Wyrley all game.
Head up Pembo you hardly make a mistake, today you made some great saves again.
Well done Harry, Squiggy and Mac for playing in other positions.