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Penn & Tylers Green FC - Under 15 Boys Are Proud Cup Winners

 

Penn & Tylers Green FC U15s completed a County Cup final triumph with a hard-fought victory over a talented Highmoor Ibis Elite team.

 

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Penn & Tyler Green 2017

Andreas Latta

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Penn & Tylers Green FC U15s completed a County Cup final triumph with a hard-fought victory over a talented Highmoor Ibis Elite team. Having missed out in the final two years ago the team were determined to go one better this time. The blue and whites (playing in their change strip of bright Orange) got off to a very fast start with Jayden Moore latching on to Jack Berry’s flick before exquisitely lobbing the advancing keeper from 25 yards. One nil to Penn & Tylers Green FC after only 2 minutes! It looked like Penn might sneak a second in the immediate aftermath as Highmoor came to terms with the shock of going a goal behind, as well as the high pressing style of the Penn midfield led by Joe Styles and William Nugent. However, Highmoor were far too talented a team to let that unnerve them for long and as the half progressed they began to exert control over the game and created three or four excellent chances. However, they were to come up against Penn goalkeeper Kai Parkin who was in terrific form, making a number of excellent stops in the first half. So, at half time the score remained one nil to Penn & Tylers Green FC.

The second half began in a similar vein to the end of the first but with one crucial difference. The Penn team were happy to allow Highmoor to maintain possession but defended heroically once their goal was even remotely threatened. Positionally they were excellent with every player contributing defensively, from front to back. The back four of Ethan Turpie, Joshgun Iris, Thomas Bantock and James Knowles successfully snuffed out any threat to goal. The Penn midfield continued to press and harry at every turn, centrally through Jack Brosse, on the flanks with Leo Krainz and Lewis Stevens, and with Number 10 Josh Warden successfully defending the higher midfield areas: tactically the team were following the plan. As the half progressed Highmoor were making fewer and fewer inroads into the Penn half and were restricted to long range attempts that failed to threaten ‘keeper Parkin’s goal. Indeed, it was Penn & Tylers Green FC who came closest to scoring in the second period on the counter-attack, with one sweeping move in particular involving Turpie, Styles and Warden ending with Stevens having his effort cleared off the line. Finally, after incredibly tense 80 minutes and a defensive masterclass from the Penn & Tylers Green FC boys, they were deservedly crowned County Champions, with Captain Lewis Stevens lifting the trophy.