Wideopen Warriers 2 Morpeth Pumas 8
THE Pumas played in the Divisional Cup on a glorious Sunday morning away at a Wideopen side who had not played a game so far this season.
After a bit of debate between the two managers before the game owing to there not being a nine-a-side pitch marked out, the game was played on a full 11-a-side pitch but split into four quarters to allow plenty of breaks. The Pumas picked up from where they left off in their midweek game and played some great passing football from the start.
In an eventful first half, Coates scored a brace and Eadington fired in a free-kick to give the Pumas a 3-0 half-time lead, but did have to survive a penalty miss by Wideopen.
Barry scored the Pumas’ fourth goal, before they stopped passing the ball in the way they had been doing and Wideopen enjoyed their best period of the game in which they scored two goals themselves, before Coates completed his hat-trick.
The break came at a good time and the Pumas were reminded to make the ball do the work on the huge pitch, which they did to great effect in the final quarter.
Jordan and Sanderson both grabbed good goals before Barry scored a second to make the final score 8-2 and allow the Pumas to progress into the next round.
Man-of-the-match: Coates. Pumas: Walker, Yates (c), Eke, Eadington, Coates, Sanderson, Henderson, Barry, Moon, Jordan, MacDonald, Priest, Telfer.
Cramlington Town Whites 2
THE Pumas got their league campaign under way against Cramlington Town Whites on a glorious evening last Wednesday, later than other teams in the division, following Sunday’s postponement.
With most of the squad back from holiday, it was good to have some substitutes available again after not having any for the friendly games played during the summer.
Goals from Brunton (penalty) and Sanderson made it 2-0 at half-time.
After the break, the Pumas continued their good play, Yates on hand to poke the ball home.
Cramlington then scored two quick goals to make for a nervy period for the Pumas but Barry scored the game’s second penalty.
Man-of-the-match: Yates. Pumas: Walker (c), Eadington, Priest, Telfer, Coates, Sanderson, Henderson, Brunton, Moon, Barry, Eke, MacDonald, Yates.