Yellows through to cup's last four
PUBLISHED: 11:31 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009
PANSHANGER Yellows Under-18s are through to the semi-finals of the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Cup after beating Bengeo Tigers Bengals 3-2. The scoreline did not do justice to the dominance that Panshanger had over their rivals in the quarter-final enco
PANSHANGER Yellows Under-18s are through to the semi-finals of the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Cup after beating Bengeo Tigers Bengals 3-2.
The scoreline did not do justice to the dominance that Panshanger had over their rivals in the quarter-final encounter.
Yellows could have scored from any one of six clear-cut chances before finally taking a 1-0 lead after 30 minutes.
A well-taken corner was solidly met by the head of Matt Hill to firmly plant the ball into the net.
The WGC side should have increased the lead by half-time to make best use of the slight advantage the strong wind provided but they couldn't make their dominance count.
Bengeo managed a few counter-attacks, mainly through one of their fast forwards.
As Tigers tried to break the Yellows back line, they found the solid Panshanger defence played them offside or proved too strong for them to get past.
The second half began with Panshanger back on the attack.
They played some neat football to make progress against the wind.
Hill popped up again to score his second of the day to ease the nerves and allow Panshanger to play a more relaxed style of football.
The pressure was mounting on Bengeo, who had a player booked as his frustration boiled over.
Tigers did not let this put them off and they sneaked a goal back to make it 2-1 after some slack Panshanger marking allowed them some space.
With 20 minutes left Panshanger brushed aside this setback and continued to apply pressure, not allowing Bengeo to lift their game after their goal.
It was soon 3-1 after Dean Jones wrong-footed two Bengeo defenders and slotted home the third Panshanger goal.
Bengeo took advantage of confusion in the Panshanger penalty area with six minutes to go to grab a second goal and raise their hopes of a comeback.
However, moments later they had a man sent off after his second yellow card.
By then the game was won and Panshanger in the end had a deserved victory and the players can now look forward to their semi-final and a chance of reaching the climax of the competition.
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