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Penistone Church - 2 (Andrew Ring 12, Shaun Mundy 13) Goole AFC - 1 (Josh Schofield 45)
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Shaun Mundy
A beautiful afternoon for football saw a close game between two good teams each creating many chances to score.Church’s pressing game often created chances. A corner, resulting from close marking earlier, gave Andrew Ring the opening goal from about 8 yards out 12 minutes in. The match was on a knife-edge throughout, but a minute later Shaun Mundy found space to score again. His man of the match performance was underway. He, Andy Ring and Kieran Ryan worked tirelessly up front, Kieran Ryan put in series of great runs and held the ball well. Andy Ring laid the ball off with deft headers throughout his 60 minutes, but Shaun Mundy worked well off the ball as well as on it, creating chances and snuffing out space.
Just as the first half was coming to a close, Jordan Codhuri hit the bar with a header. Goole AFC’s response was to brake free. Tom Brennan was exposed and then outpaced and out muscled by the tall speedy number 9 who danced past Tom to create the opening chance with a square pass for Josh Schofield. Brett Lovell was on the line but the Joish scored with ease to the centre of the goal.
The second half was mainly Goole’s and they showed why up to now they had a 100% record, Church’s midfield and defence were struggling. In the space of 2 minutes Goole hit the bar twice with headers. The alarm bells were ringing, but gradually the game evened out and Church created some attacks to ease the pressure. The match contained a few challenges verging on a Red, rather than yellow card. However, both teams finished with a full compliment.
The crowd of 211 had seen a truly entertaining game with 3 goals and many talking points. Church move up to 8th with this win. We meet Goole AFC again on Tuesday 24 September at 7:45pm.
Sheffield Senior Cup Penistone Church - 5 (Billy Law 2, Shaun Mundy 17, 64, Brett Lovell 43, Nathan Keightley 68) Grimethorpe LLUK 0
Attendance - 113
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Danny Howes
Church moved the ball quickly from the start and Billy Law used the space created to score in the second minute with a long-range shot from the edge of the box into the top left hand side of the goal. There were some excellent attacking moments from Grimethorpe, but Chris Snaith and the Church defence were equal to the challenge. Shaun Munday scored after 17 minutes bundling the ball into the net as defenders and the goalie collided in a bid to keep out a close range shot. Brett Lovell scored with a towering header from a pinpoint cross that skimmed in off the underside of the crossbar.
The second half continued the brisk pace of the first half with Grimethorpe creating a good chance that tested the Church defence with their first attack. Church continued to move the ball well and freed up Shaun Munday who like Billy Law curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. At 4-0 the game was getting away from Grimethorpe and there were some tasty challenges being exchanged resulting in appropriate bookings.
Nathan Keightley found space in the box and from about 12 yards beat the goalie to make it 5-0. Church continued to press for the 6th and several chances went begging. Nathan Keigthley was injured in a collision with the Grimethorpe Goalie close to the end of the game and he was carried from the pitch.
Penistone Church - 3 (Jordan Coduri 8, Nathan Keightley 27, Elliott Firth 90) Albion Sports - 1 (Labi Adeniran 88)
Attendance - 243 - Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Cameron Simpson
Church started briskly and there was a period of end to end football, with both teams testing each other out. Albion’s front players were skillful and pacy, but their diagonal balls to the forwards were easily dealt with by Tom Charlesworth and Cameron Simpson. Cameron was tricky coming forward and showed some lovely touches earning himself the man of the match. On 8 minutes the ball came to Nathan Keightley in his own half, he hooked the ball forward to Andy Ring who deftly flick-headed the ball perfectly into path of the onrushing Jordan Codhuri. Jordan took the ball some 30 yards, under pressure, into the box to put Church 1-0 up.
The match was never truly over, but Church for the first time this season showed some of their slick passing and won numerous 50/50 balls to dominate sections of the game. After 27 minutes Church took the ball to Albion’s 18 yard box and Albion’s partial clearance fell to Tom Charlesworth who curled a peach of cross to find Nathan Keightley unmarked on the far post. Nathan rose like a salmon to head the ball into the far corner of the net across the goalie.
The second half was a much more even affair and Albion Sports pressed hard for a goal, Max Dearnley making a full length save and then tidying a couple of scrappy chances. The Church defence held firm until the 88th minute, until Labi Adeniran won a 50/50 challenge on the Church left hand side and then with a mazy run beat 3 other defenders one by one to drill the ball across Max Dearnley.
Church immediately found another gear and opened up on the right, freeing Elliot Firth who drove towards the box, drilling a low shot diagonally across the defenders. A small deflection off the defender beat the goalkeeper low to his right and the ball nestled in the net. The crowd of 243 had seen 90 minutes of thoroughly entertaining football with 4 goals to talk about in the bar afterwards.
Liversedge- 1 (joe Walton 10) Penistone Church - 0
Church started with a familiar pattern, but Liversedge were able to disrupt the flow of Church’s forward moves. After 10 minutes a cross from the right into the Church penalty area fell to Joe Walton 15 yards out. His crisp shot flew into the back of the net with a possible deflection on its way. The match was a rather frustrating affair after that with passes going astray and both teams midfields snuffing most of the constructive play out before it could flourish. Nathan Keightley created a good chance with a low hard cross from the left, but it evaded everyone. Half time was nearing and Liversedge opened up to create a long range opportunity, a fierce shot from the right hand edge of the box, to the top right hand corner of the Church Goal was brilliantly tipped round the junction of post and bar by Max Dearnley.
The second half was full of bluster and Church created their only clear-cut chance of the game with a cross from the right finding Luke Aldrich on the 6 yard line. His crisp header to the top left corner of the goal was saved. Jordan Coduri came on for Church to remind us of his powers to hold and move the ball. The match ended with Brett Lovell up front for the last 10 minutes. Liversedge defended right to the end as Church cranked up the pressure.
Penistone Church - 1 (Luke Aldrich 75) Bridlington Town - 0
Attendance - 201 The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Elliot Firth
Church started in a rather disjointed way with both teams cancelling each other out. Church then started to gel and made most of the pressing forward, but Bridlington are a well organised side and dangerous on the break. The first half showed a better team cohesion for Church and signs of quality, Brett Lovell narrowly missing with a header from a corner and Luke Aldrich testing the goalkeeper with the last kick of the first half.
Jordan Coduri was in the crowd and he is coming back to help us this season.
The second half started with Brett Lovell having a spell up front and free-flowing football from both teams, Church went close from a one-two into the box, but Danny Howse shot straight at the goalkeeper, Luke Aldrich then hit the bar from a cross. After 75 minutes of growing pressure Luke Aldrich bundled the ball into the net following some goal-mouth pinball.
Church then took some heavy pressure from a spirited Bridlington side who broke repeatedly and Danny Howse forgot that this was not Rugby Union, getting himself a booking on the halfway line for a clumsy attempt to slow down a breakaway. Bridlington missed a clear-cut chance in the last 5 minutes with a powerful shot across the goal.
Overall a fair result and Church’s first 3 points of the season and many of the 201 stayed behind to applaud Church from the pitch.
Penistone Church 2 - (Tom Cadzow 39, Nathan Keightley 84) Skelmersdale Utd - 5 (Alex Griffiths 32, John Keatley 37, Matthew Scoullar 64, Einar White 71, James Young og 79) Attendance - 256
Church were equal for the first 20 minutes, but after that were always chasing this FA Cup replay game. “Allowing” Skelmersdale 4 long-range shots contributed to this cup exit. However, 7 goals on a night of torrential rain was entertaining fare. The goals were high quality with some of the strikes being either well placed or so powerful that the respective goalies stood little chance. Church have yet to really settle their best line-up for the season.
Skelmersdale Utd - 1 (Einar White 58) Penistone Church - 1 (Shaun Mundy 76) Attendance - 99
Penistone Church - 1 (Brett Lovell 90) Silsden AFC - 2 (Khurram Shazad 22, Aidan Kirkby 85) Attendance - 207 Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Brett Lovell
Not the start to the season we were hoping for. To be fair both teams had chances, but Silsden took 2 of theirs. Silsden scored first with a well taken break away goal.
Church pressed in the second half, but Silsden came up with the winner at 85 minutes. Brett Lovell’s last minute goal was a fair consolation.
Highlights from the final pre-season friendly against Brighouse Town .
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