THE New Norfolk Panthers were defeated by Clarence Zebras 5-4 in an intense and ultimately very close Southern League 5 Cup match at Tynwald Park today.
The first half was marked by a strong start by the Panthers. A domination of the opposition’s backline led to a brilliant goal, but as the half drew to a close Clarence found the back of the net as it began to find a rhythm.
The second half started with an air of unease, the team questioning whether it could continue the form it had brought to the first half with now tired legs. Clarence applied the pressure early and managed to put away three solid goals throughout the half, but New Norfolk’s spirit intensified and the pressure was put back on Clarence’s defence.
Three quality goals were rocketed past Clarence’s keeper. With the score sitting at 5-4 against the home side, New Norfolk had one more play before the full-time whistle blew, but the defensive stance that Clarence had taken in the closing minutes of the game made the crucial equaliser too elusive, even for the Valley’s best finishers.
Congratulations to brothers Martin and Paul Cairns who were two goals apiece by the final whistle. The Panthers’ next game is on Sunday, August 9, at home at Tynwald Park with the kick-off at 2pm.