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Soccer tussle ends in a draw

THE New Norfolk Panthers travelled to Warrior Park at Warrane on Friday night for their round 14 match to take on a strong Olympia team which had lost only one game in the lead up to the match. The Panthers came out strong in the first half and used the ball well, moving from defence to attack smoothly while shutting down numerous attacks from the Olympic midfield.

Midway through the first, half a lofted -hrough ball from Christopher Driver to Ryan Emery saw the Olympic defence broken followed by a brilliant chip from Ryan to send the Panthers a goal up into half-time. The first five minutes of the second half saw Olympic came out firing. They quickly got the ball into the back of the net to draw level. They soon scored another goal from the edge of the box to go up 2-1 despite the best efforts of the backline trying to shut them down.

The Panthers, not to be outdone, fought hard and Josh Russell placed a header perfectly into the net from the back post following some hard work from the team to get the ball forward to bring the scores level. Another 20 minutes of back-and-forth football, an injury to key defender James White who copped a boot to the face, and both teams having chances, saw the game finish 2-2 and the sides walked away with a well deserved point.

The entire Panthers team stepped up to the occasion and all gave 100%. All deserve praise for the commitment and perseverance against quality opposition. The improvement all around this year is showing and confidence is high going into the last games of the season.

THOMAS SHEPPARD

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