Divisional Cup Final Winners!!
By Suzie Keedle
What a match! I knew that Symonds Green were going to be a tough team to beat and they didn't disappoint.
The team were instructed to make every tackle hard and look around and mark up. We had to get off to a strong start and keep it up all the way through to the final whistle.
Well... The game started with Symonds Green in the ascendancy scoring first and look like we could lose our way in the game but the team kept going and attacked with speed with a number chances just going wide from Harrison and Reuben. Symonds Green also had a few chances but we certainly had more. It was to and fro football and it certainly took it's toll on my last few remains hairs on my manly formed head and with the screaming coming from the supporting families, hopefully the men will have a quiet afternoon from their now hoarse voiced partners. Half time 1-0.
I certainly thought we were in with a big chance. The team were instructed to react quicker at throw ins and keep the pressure up as I sensed that SG weren't as active and committed as they had been in the early part of the first half.
Second half started with Pumas pressing more and hunting down the loose ball. Pressure and quick play at a throw in led to another and then a pass to Jack hovering on the right of the penalty area who struck a perfect sweet right foot shot that went in to the right side of the goal with bullet like precision. What a goal and all the coaches are in agreement the goal of the season. Symonds Green then got one back with an unfortunate penalty following a late tackle in the box. With increasing pressure from us we pressed on and we were playing some brilliant football. Max was playing his normal solid game in goal, James was also Mister reliable in defence , Josh and Ruby both defended staunchly with dogged running and tackling, Nathan and Callum played the anchor role in midfield tackling and breaking up play, Harrison was running his socks off on the left causing their defence all kinds of trouble, Reuben was a constant threat and menaced SG's defence with some penetrating runs and tricky play, a handful for most defences, and with Jack and Nahum also battling away hitting crosses and cutting inside, SG were looking shaky. Harrison struck for our second and in the last five minutes Callum pounced, 3-2 and the roof lifted off the stadium, well if we were in stadium it would of done. The crowed went wild, parents went wild and the coaches went wild. Final whistle Pumas 3-2 DIVISIONAL CUP WINNERS ........