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Hearts FC Ligers U13's - Match centre

Woodley Saints Panthers
U13 Ligers
K Nivas (9', 62')
Full time
G Lee (18', 29', 42', 51'), G Sinclair (49', 52', 65')
Sat 15 Dec 10:00 - Cup

LIGERS MARCH ON TO SEMI-FINAL

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George Lee scores 4 and Gabe Sinclair nabs 3 to see off Panthers

Ligers overcame an early scare to secure their place in the last four of the EBFA Trophy. On a bitterly cold day in Sonning, the U13s met a much-improved Woodley Saints Panthers squad. Ligers convincingly beat a nine-man Panthers outfit on the opening day of the league season but now at full-strength, the Woodley outfit promised to be far stiffer opposition.

Ligers started the game very well, passing the ball quickly and accurately to enable Gabe Sinclair and Dylan Tomlinson to test the home keeper early on. But Panthers had both the slope and the arctic wind in their favour, and a ball over the top put Joe Wallis and Toby Chilvers out of the game for Panthers outstanding player, Korbyn Nivas, to have an easy run on goal. Matt Barrett was too slow to close down the Panthers striker and it was 1-0 to the home side.

Panthers enjoyed 10 minutes of supremacy but it seemed to play the Hearts back-four into the game. Sam Bates, looking increasingly comfortable as a right-back, and Daniel Kubinskyy had outstanding games, while Toby and Joe realised that a degree of physicality was required to put the home forward line off its stride. Daniel and Gabe began to link up well on the left, and Gabriel’s pace was only thwarted by the excellent goalkeeping of Harry Angell. Eventually, it was great play by John Humphrey on the right side that unlocked Panthers, and he swept the ball across goal for George Lee to finish with his usual aplomb.

From the re-start, Panthers swept back up the other end but the remainder of the half belonged to Ligers. Toby, making his very welcome return, seemed to have found an extra couple of yards of pace, and Dylan Tomlinson was becoming the dominant player in the centre of midfield. Gabe was peppering the home goal, albeit somewhat ineffectively, but it was the goal-machine George Lee who found himself free on goal having emerged from a midfield melee with the ball and he made no mistake to put Ligers in front. Archie Pyman finished the half with a near miss for Panthers but it was Hearts who went into half-time 2-1 ahead.

Ligers made their usual raft of changes at half-time so it was to be expected that they started the second-half a little less confidently. James, Kevin and Zak replaced Daniel, Joe and Sam respectively across the back four and they took a little while to come to terms with the strength and speed of their opponents. But with Matt and Toby now imperious, Panthers were soon frustrated and, ultimately, undone. Seven minutes into the half, George Lee completed his hat-trick. Having moved in from the flank to replace a subdued Ilyas Akhtar as George's striking partner, Gabe Sinclair got in on the act and he notched up a 16-minute hat-trick, including running in from just inside the Panthers’ half from an assist from Matthew Barrett’s excellent clearance. George Lee added his fourth goal following a sublime piece of skill while Korbyn Nivas scored a consolation goal for the home team.

It was a wonderful team performance by Ligers against a very strong and initially confident Woodley Saints squad. Several of the Ligers are playing consistently good football in starting positions that they may not have considered before this term. Sam Bates is worthy of mention as a newly-discovered full-back; and George Perez-Medina and Thomas Fondie are increasingly influential in midfield - perhaps without the beanie hats - ed; Dylan Tomlinson is an imposing figure as a defensive midfielder who often gets himself into goal-scoring positions.

With the Christmas break now upon us, Ligers can look forward to a home semi-final in February against either Marlow United or Bracknell Colts, with a cup final now in reach.

Key moments

8:01
Goal Korbyn Nivas scores for Woodley Saints Panthers
17:30
Goal George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
28:49
Goal George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
42:00
Goal George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
49:00
Goal Gabe Sinclair scores for U13 Ligers
51:00
Goal George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
52:00
Goal Gabe Sinclair scores for U13 Ligers
62:00
Goal Korbyn Nivas scores for Woodley Saints Panthers
65:00
Goal Gabe Sinclair scores for U13 Ligers

Highlights

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67:00 Corner taken
Corner for Woodley Saints Panthers taken by Archie Pyman
65:00 Goal 2 - 7
Gabe Sinclair scores for U13 Ligers
62:00 Goal 2 - 6
Korbyn Nivas scores for Woodley Saints Panthers
58:00 Saved Shot
Conlan Pulfer-Knight has a shot saved for Woodley Saints Panthers
52:00 Assist
Matthew Barrett makes an assist for U13 Ligers
52:00 Goal 1 - 6
Gabe Sinclair scores for U13 Ligers
51:00 Goal 1 - 5
George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
49:00 Goal 1 - 4
Gabe Sinclair scores for U13 Ligers
42:00 Goal 1 - 3
George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
Joe Wallis is substituted off for U13 Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
Ilyas Akhtar is substituted off for U13 Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
Sam Bates is substituted off for U13 Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
Daniel Kubinskyy is substituted off for U13 Ligers
35:00 Kickoff
Woodley Saints Panthers kick off
End of period 1
34:49 Missed Shot
Archie Pyman misses a shot for Woodley Saints Panthers
32:35 Corner taken
Corner for U13 Ligers taken by Daniel Kubinskyy
30:03 Missed Shot
Gabe Sinclair misses a shot for U13 Ligers
30:00 Saved Shot
Gabe Sinclair has a shot saved for U13 Ligers
28:49 Goal 1 - 2
George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
20:00 Corner taken
Corner for Woodley Saints Panthers
17:30 Goal 1 - 1
George Lee scores for U13 Ligers
17:26 Assist
John Humphrey makes an assist for U13 Ligers
10:51 Corner taken
Corner for Woodley Saints Panthers taken by Archie Pyman
8:01 Goal 1 - 0
Korbyn Nivas scores for Woodley Saints Panthers
6:08 Corner taken
Corner for U13 Ligers taken by Daniel Kubinskyy
4:50 Missed Shot
Korbyn Nivas misses a shot for Woodley Saints Panthers
4:21 Corner taken
Corner for Woodley Saints Panthers taken by Archie Pyman
3:20 Missed Shot
Dylan Tomlinson misses a shot for U13 Ligers
3:11 Corner taken
Corner for U13 Ligers taken by Daniel Kubinskyy
2:11 Missed Shot
Gabe Sinclair misses a shot for U13 Ligers
0:00 Kickoff
U13 Ligers kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Woodley Saints Panthers
  • U13 Ligers
  • 0
  • Korbyn Nivas Goal 8:01'
  • John Humphrey Assist 17:26'
  • George Lee Goal 17:30'
  • George Lee Goal 28:49'
  • Daniel Kubinskyy Sub Off 36:00'
  • Sam Bates Sub Off 36:00'
  • Joe Wallis Sub Off 36:00'
  • Ilyas Akhtar Sub Off 36:00'
  • George Lee Goal 42:00'
  • Gabe Sinclair Goal 49:00'
  • George Lee Goal 51:00'
  • Gabe Sinclair Goal 52:00'
  • Matthew Barrett Assist 52:00'
  • Korbyn Nivas Goal 62:00'
  • Gabe Sinclair Goal 65:00'

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