Penn Rangers U13 get their rewards

Posted: January 24th, 2012 by Andreas

A great team victory today. Well deserved and a credit to Penn & Tylers Green Football Club.

The game started slowly with the wind blowing from end to end playing a huge part. Alex McEwan must have headed the ball 20 times in quick succession over on the far side.

The U13 Rangers Sqaud

Then Loudwater had their first break out of nowhere and it was 1-0 to the home side. Luckily Kane made it 1-1 soon after following some great interchanging passes with Luke and Jack. This helped us keep the pressure on Loudwater and stay focused.

The ball seemed to be stuck in the Loudwater penalty area for the rest of the match with the woodwork, the goalkeeper and the wind doing everything to keep the ball out the net, but against the run of play Loudwater suddenly scored again in the second half, 2-1. But minutes later we were awarded a direct free kick from just outside the 18 yard box. Frank Keegan stepped up and with a looping ball over the keeper’s outstretched arms, we equalised. A goal he will tell his grandchildren about! More chances went begging, but finally, in the dying seconds of the game a penalty was awarded to Penn for a shirt pull. Despite hitting the cross bar early on Zach Gladman calmly stepped up and slid the ball into the right hand corner of the net. The restart was immediately followed by the final whistle, and the celebrations started. Finally a win for the Penn Rangers.

There were some individual highlights as well as the goals. Eventual man of the match winner George Tuck stopped all attacks that came his way, while linking up nicely with the midfield players. Luke Butler had a goal disallowed and both keepers, Lee Maynard and Callum Brown played with confidence and also did their bit to prevent any leaks at the back. Adam Coles defended solidly and on several occasions turned the run of play from defence to counter attack with ease.

Harry Pymm battled from the back with Jack Keating, Corbin, Alex and Ryan controlling the midfield. Our wide players Ben and Frank made good use of the space making some direct runs at goal. Frank and Jack’s set pieces were high and long, dropping dangerously into the Loudwater 6 yard box.

First win of the season!!!

It seemed like an eternity before we scored and for a while the feeling on the touchline was – not again! This was a momentous game for us. After so many missed opportunities, our seasons epitaph, we managed to keep the belief and desire until the very end. We wanted the win more than anything else and it really showed.

A big thanks to Marion Gladman for allowing Zach to play. Thanks also to all the parents who came along in the blustering wind. Never a good day for deciding on shorts!

Match report by James Keating