Preston Gawcott Pumas sink Raiders in cup contest

YOUTH FOOTBALL:Preston Gawcott U15 Pumas progressed to the quarter finals of the league cup with a 3-2 victory against Wing Raiders.

Pumas looked short of match practice, having not played since November and found themselves 2-0 down after 20 minutes, conceding two soft goals.

Despite having several good chances to score the Pumas only managed to get one back before half time when the lively Bala Srinivasan pounced on a parried shot to force the ball home.

Pumas dominated much of the second half and two goals from Josh Foxwell gave them the advantage. Again, a combination of the crossbar and some sloppy finishing kept the game close and goalie, Jamie Day, who had been a spectator for much of the second half, was called into action twice in the closing minutes to keep the Raiders out. Michael Greener was awarded “man of the match” for another excellent defensive display

Preston Gawcott U12 Pumas played away to Roman Rangers on Sunday and were unlucky to lose 2-1.

Rangers went ahead early with a fine goal and had the better of the first half whilst the Pumas battled uphill into a low sun. Jacob Harte came close with a superb effort deflected onto the post, but it was Rangers who scored next, just before half time.

Rufus Adams had another excellent game in goal and after changing ends things got easier for the Pumas with Ed Adams hitting the crossbar and then Harry Heritage scoring in the top right corner. Despite further pressure Pumas were unable to convert and the score remained 2-1. Charlie Wright was man of the match for his tireless work in midfield

Preston Gawcott JFC U12 Swans played hosts to MK City Emeralds in the Bucks girls league CUP.

After a tense match with lots of chances the Swans won 2-1. After a goal less first ten min the Emeralds got one goal due to some confusion in the Swans defence. This made the girls work even harder and they started to pass and move and dominated the match, 5 min from half time the Swans equalised with a brilliant run finished by a great shoot by Abigail Wilmshurst. Second half was tense and the Swans had a few chances with Amie Birch, Amelia Kendall and Georgia Attwell just missing to net the ball. It took until 8 min from the end before they scored with a great corner by Lara Ericsson hitting the back of the net. Player of the match Holly Brown did some great saves and had a solid game in goal. Our defending pair Isobel Suttill and Emma Walker worked hard all match. The girls played their best football of the season, well done and good luck in the quarter-finals.