A tale of two Pumas

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Ponteland Pumas U11s 3 Morpeth Sporting Club Pumas U11s 5

AFTER a bitterly disappointing performance in their previous game, the Morpeth Pumas travelled to unbeaten Ponteland for their game in hand and produced a brilliant display.

The away side deservedly took the lead through the in-form Coates after a ball over the top before Ponteland scored twice to leave the game teetering at 1-2 at half-time.

At the start of the second half, a break down the left hand side saw Brunton cut into the box and score the equaliser before Ponteland added a third to take the lead again.

At this point, Morpeth really took control of the game with the impressive Sanderson and Henderson bossing the midfield, helping the team play their best football of the season so far.

Man-of-the-match Barry saw a great effort pushed over by the keeper before he scored a brace to give the visitors the lead and then Henderson grabbed a deserved goal with a long-range shot to seal the victory.

Morpeth Pumas squad: Walker (c), Eadington, Priest, Telfer, Jordan, Sanderson, Coates, Barry, Moon, Brunton, Henderson, MacDonald, Yates.

Morpeth Pumas U11s 3

Seaton Deleval Dynamo U11s 2

ON Sunday morning, the Pumas returned to cup action in the League Cup at home to Seaton Deleval.

Looking to build upon their impressive early season form, the two teams seemed well-matched in the early exchanges before Moon gave Morpeth the lead with a chip over the keeper.

The game flowed from end-to-end, with both sides creating half-chances before the visitors deservedly equalised.

Not to be outdone, however, good link-up play by Moon allowed Coates to run into the box and add to his impressive tally to put the Pumas 2-1 ahead at the half-time break.

The second half matched the first with play flowing from end to end, with both defences standing strong.

However, Seaton Deleval did manage to score an equaliser through a great turn by their striker in the box after the Pumas failed to stop the cross coming in.

Not for the first time though, Morpeth picked themselves up and the industrious Henderson scored with a long-range effort which was great reward for his battling performance.

Walker was given the man-of-the-match award following some great saves when the opposition did breach the Pumas’ defence.

Morpeth Pumas squad: Walker (c), Eadington, MacDonald, Telfer, Jordan, Sanderson, Henderson, Coates, Moon, Barry, Eke, Priest, Yates.