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All Together Now

Author: Graham M, 11/03/18

George Man of the Match

A Premier League encounter saw the Poynton Panthers meet the Celtic U10 Blues at Wright Robbie.

Today was one of those days where every player can hold their heads up and say they contributed to the result and a couple of them could have easily walked away with the Man of the Match trophy. It was Corey who had initially given Celtic the lead, Mason with the assist and the goal was much needed as the small but skilful Poynton midfield dominated the first 5 minutes. Soon after Corey was the provider as he crossed from the right to George who buried it.  Will started the game with Jody at the back and put the pass of the match through to Corey who linked with Mason who just couldn't get a shot off. Jody had his hands full with the tricky opponents but stayed on his feet and was never beaten in the tackle.  Zak , who seems to have grown 4 inches since we last saw him was an absolute dynamo in midfield and went off for a well earned break for Lewis to fill his role admirably. Poynton ended the first half  with the same intensity they started it and some pressure down the left saw a shot fly in off the underside of the crossbar; nothing Jack could do about it but less than 2 minutes later an identical effort was superbly tipped onto the crossbar and out, an incredible save lad. Blues led at half time.

The second half was pretty much end to end without too much goal mouth action but Celtic were putting the best passing moves together- the best one saw Elliot bring the ball out of defence beating two players to find Harlee who was always available of the left wing today- he cut inside to Lewis , onto George who found Corey and his shot went just wide. Two strange and innocuous free kicks then decided the game - a scrambled effort saw the Panthers equalise but straight up the other end went our lads to earn a free kick of their own.  It cannot be underestimated how brilliant Lewis is to get one go from 20 yards and have such accuracy to chip it 2 inches under the crossbar.  I'm not sure where the synchronised shoe lace tying ranks in terms of weird goal celebrations but it made all the Celtic parents smile- not perhaps those from Poynton.  

  It was George who shaded the MOM award thanks to his sublime first time finish into the top right and his tireless efforts second half which never gave the Poynton defence any time on the ball.

Team: Jody (C) Jack, Elliot, Will, Lewis, Zak, Harlee, Mason, Corey, George

Man of the Match: George

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