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GNP Sports FC Weekly Update - 9/10 March 2024

GNP Sports FC Weekly Update - 9/10 March 2024

Jat Grewal11 Mar - 09:51
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Under 12 Panthers triumph in local derby with Coventry Godiva to progress in the Cup!

SATURDAY - GIRLS

Under 12 Panthers gave a stellar performance in their Open Cup match against Coventry Godiva girls. The 9 girls available showed resilience and determination as they played the entire match without any subs. The Panthers went one goal down early in the first half but started their fight back soon after. We were awarded a penalty, allowing Mankirat to convert with an equaliser and allowing GNP to start the second half 1-1. Newcomer Jah'Dae then led the GNP attack superbly with pace and energy to score a further 2 goals to give the Panthers the victory they absolutely deserved and a place in the last 16 vs Kenilworth Wardens Kestrels!

Under 9 Panthers had their second Trophy Event victory in a row and this time against the Khalsa Lionesses. The match started evenly with great skill and resilience shown by defenders and goalkeepers. Anya broke the stalemate with two goals in quick succession. These were followed by goals from Elizabeth and Roop. The opposition were able to score a goal in the first half. Lily and Aish were a formidable force in the defender position. Great to see the girls at their best and building in confidence!

Under 13 Panthers had a cup game away to Premier division side FC Premier Warriors. The girls fought bravely but went down 13-0 against a side who sit joint 2nd, having not lost a game in the top league. The scoreline could have been greater but for some outstanding saves by Charu in goal.

Under 10 Panthers edged out Soccer Rockz by the odd goal in a home friendly match.

SATURDAY - BOYS

GNP Under 11 Tigers hosted Coventry Utd Reds in what was a fantastic game. Some super play from everyone - Cinar took advantage of the United GK having the ball way out his area. An effective press resulted in Cinar running clear and tapping the ball into the empty net. Cov United fought back well. Following the awarding of a penalty to GNP, Prabh missed his spot kick but he did really well to follow up and score the rebound to clinch the game. He also showed great resilience to keep playing after taking a knock. Keeper Jenson continued his fine form, including an impressive triple save. PotM, however, was awarded to Cinar who has come into the side this season from the Sunday Under 12s and really enjoyed the freedom playing his own age group. Today he was fantastic all-round and took his goal really well. Well done Cinar!

Under 7 Lions were away at their Spring Trophy event against Coventrians and Ruby Borough Hawks. First match against Coventrians ended in a competitive goalless draw. Good all around performance especially from the defence. Lions won their second game against Rubgy Borough Hawks 2-0, again good performance by everyone especially GK Balraj who not only made great saves but also denied the Hawks with a penalty save. A goal each by Aaron and Jadin sealed the win, and joint top position in the group stage.

Under 7 Tigers also played their Trophy Event round robin this week against Firefighters, Rugby Borough and Brinklow. The boys played three 20 minute matches. Hats off to Gurshaan who scored the majority of the goals. They lost the first game to eventual group winners, Firefighters, but bounced back and went on to win the following two games. All of the boys contributed to the success of the team and finishing in a creditable 2nd place

Under 8 Lions away to Firefighters who were a strong outfit. Lions were clinical and hit them on the counter. A brace from Fakhir and goals from Manroop and Veer put the match to bed. Sehaj made some great saves and Rivan was consistent and strong at the back.

Under 8 Tigers were up against Stratford Town Colts. Tigers started off strong with a couple of quick-fire goals from Mohamed and Arveer assisting. Dara and Jovan looked strong in defence. Colts squeezed a couple in before half time. Arveer had to replace Kaydon in the second half as keeper due to an injury. The Colts then scored a few more as the Tigers tired with lack of substitutes before Mohamed grabbed another to get his hat trick with Dara assisting with a fabulous through ball. Tigers just ran out of steam towards the end but nobody could fault their efforts.

SUNDAY - BOYS

Under 9 Lions drew 4-4 against higher level opposition Soccer Rockz Wrecking Balls in the Trophy Event. 2-2 at halftime. Lots of positives, went 2-0 down and the boys showed brilliant character in coming back with two brilliant goals by Anopa, one a brilliant free kick from distance. Second half , Noah scored two goals (his first ever for the team) and some outstanding defending by Raqeeb, Shrihan and Hashim in particular, backed up by some cracking saves by Awais, who covered in goals for this game. Great team effort today, bearing in mind no subs available.

Under 9 Tigers played higher tiered Alvis Juniors in their 2nd trophy event tie. A few players out and some returning from long layoffs, the Tigers really struggled to get into any rhythm. It was a tough game with a lack of urgency from the Tigers, getting caught in possession, and in the final third, the final pass was letting us down. We will need to put this one behind us and go again next week!

GNP Under 10 Tigers were home in the trophy event against Vision FC in what proved to be a pulsating back and forth game. Tigers opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a goal from Jaylan. Vision hit back quickly before GNP scored again with a goal from Ekam. Vision hit back again just before half time. Second half Vision got in front and the pattern of goals being exchanged continued with Vision this time leading and then getting pegged back by GNP with goals from a Ricky rocket and a brace from Reece, with his 2nd being scored dramatically with the last kick of the game to earn a draw! Well done to the boys for showing great spirit throughout.

Under 11 Pumas went down to a very heavy defeat against Lillington Juniors in the Trophy Event. Round Robin. Pumas appeared to be in control of possession for long parts of the game but they proved no match against the pace they were up against today. Several opposition players just outpaced the Pumas at the back to seemingly score at will and win the game comfortably.

Under 12 Tigers visited neighbours Alvis in league action and it was heavy going with ongoing rain and the pitch cutting up. The boys,however, put in a gutsy & spirited performance, holding their own for the first 18 minutes. Alvis had held back some of their stronger players on the subs bench, and when they came on it changed the game, with their star winger going on to notch 4 goals by the end. This didnt deter GNP and they continued to try and play good football, moving the ball out from the back with great skill and control on many occasions. Good performances all over the field but special displays from both Cinar and todays PotM Harman Sangha. They both gave all action displays and were immense defensively and carrying the ball forward. The team welcome back their attacking talisman Ayden from long term injury this week and will look to build on this performance.

Under 13 Tigers visited Dunlop in a critical relegation battle. Up against an equally matched team today and the first half was neck and neck with both teams creating chances. Dunlop went up but the boys quickly equalised through a lovely goal from Jayden. Second half GNP conceded 2 goals from set pieces and whilst the boys battled hard to get back in the game, time ran out with Dunlop finishing 4-1 winners.

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