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First Team crash out of Challenge Cup
Penn & Tylers Green FC travelled to Gloucester to play Longlevens from the Hellenic Premier division on Saturday and the “awayday” turned out to be a far from happy one as they returned to Penn with a 7-1 defeat.
Penn held out for all of two minutes before a piece of casual defending in the heart of their defence let in the surprised but grateful Longlevens centre forward to progress towards the Penn goal and, despite the brave effort of goalkeeper Mohammed Mustafa, proceeded to put Longlevens one goal to the good. The warning about inept defending was not taken as after five minutes the exact same situation occurred and once again the Centre forward accepted the early Christmas present and rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home to put Longlevens 2-0 up. Penn, to their credit never gave up after this early set back and had their moments as Etafia Kingsley was causing the Longlevens defence some problems with his pace but their few attacks did not pierce the Longlevens backline.
Penn were thrown a lifeline in the 30th minute when a pass from Jack Pearce to Etafia Kingsley set him on his way and he put a delightful ball through to Rashid Hamed who progressed and shot from just inside the penalty area and the ball squirmed through the Longlevens goalkeeper’s grasp and over the line to give Penn some much needed hope. Three goals from three mistakes so far. That was about as good as it got for Penn as they once again shot themselves in the foot in the 43rd minute when it looked likely that they would go in at half time only one goal adrift and a chance to re-group. After some dithering in midfield, Penn once again gave the ball away far too cheaply in midfield and the Longlevens forward took the gift and was bearing down on the Penn goal when he was unceremoniously scythed down by Charlie Lane just outside the penalty area resulting in a free kick for Longlevens and a red card for the defender. No complaints. The resulting free kick was hit low under the jumping wall and seemed like an eternity before the ball nestled in the corner of the Penn goal. Half time: 3-1 to Longlevens.
Penn now playing with 10 men had a mountain to climb and therefore for most of the second half it was “backs against the wall” defending and Longlevens took full advantage of the situation. Some inept Penn defending, when basic errors and mis judged passes, were presenting Longlevens with many chances. Penn had their brief moments of respite, mainly from Etafia Kingsley’s runs down the flank, but with lack of support from a tiring Penn side these forays sadly bore no fruit. Longlevens therefore scored four more goals in the second half but the last two, which made the score even worse, did not come until the very last minute of the game.
This will hopefully be a game to learn from for the young Penn side and we move on to the next game against Burnham in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy at French School Meadow (our proper home ground) next Saturday, 6th October for a 3:00 pm kick off.