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Ashington Cougars U14
Southwater U14
Sat 29 Oct 09:30 - Friendly Full time

Ashington Cougars U14 v Southwater U14

Ashington Cougars U14 v Southwater U14

Southwater from the league above were the visitors for Cougars 2nd friendly over the mid-term break, the teams paths had never crossed and little was known about the opposition other than they are a more than capable side and the game would be a tough test for the Cougars.
As with many previous fixtures this season Cougars looked the sharper side from kick-off and had the lion’s (or Cougars) share of possession and when after 10 minutes Thomas Fitzpatrick worked himself room on the edge of the Southwater penalty area he drove the ball passed the keeper to open the scoring. (quashing rumours he had broken the club curfew and had been out partying the previous evening).
Not to be outdone Thomas’ strike partner William Farnes extended the lead shortly after when he used his pace and strength to force the ball off the Southwater defence and finished with a perfectly placed shot in the bottom corner of the goal and seemingly the game was under control.
However Southwater had different ideas and started to dominate the possession as well as territory and despite several excellent saves from Connor Lord the pace of the two Southwater strikers proved too hot to handle and at half time they had drawn the score level at 2–2.
The half time break did the Cougars good and the second half saw two evenly matched teams battling for the break-through which could have gone either way, but it was Southwater who finally scored and took the lead for the first time in the game despite some brave defending from Cavan Sopp and Samuel Davies.
As ever Cougars team spirit saw them encourage each other back into the game, but Southwater looked strong in defence and it seemed as if only a moment of magic would produce an equaliser. ‘Cometh the hour’ the moment duly arrived courtesy of Thomas Fitzpatrick who gained possession deep within his own half and carried the ball passed more Southwater players than I can recall and when inside the opposing penalty area blasted the ball into the goal to level the scores – scoring probably the best of his 25+ goals since joining the club last season.
With their tails up Cougars poured pressure on the Southwater goal and Jamie ‘goal a game’ Gallagher poached a goal from inside the penalty area. With only a few minutes of the game remaining it seemed as if Jamie had scored the winning goal but two minutes into extra time a speculative cross from Southwater was left to bounce just outside the Cougars six yard box and was finished comfortably to draw the scores level with the last attack of the game.

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