Pan­thers pounce for league crown

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JU­NIOR FOOT­BALL CLAIRE BAR­LOW

MACCLESFIELD Pan­thers Un­der 14s boys have been crowned cham­pi­ons of League Di­vi­sion 1 of the Stock­port Metro League.

Hav­ing only been to­gether three years, The Pan­thers cruised through Di­vi­sion 2 in their first year then came a healthy sixth po­si­tion the sea­son af­ter.

This sea­son didn’t get off to the best start los­ing the open­ing game to a strong Red­dish Villa team. The Pan­thers re­sponded well with an em­phatic 7-0 win over Stock­port Ju­nior Blues.

Many more hard fought games fol­lowed with last year’s Di­vi­sion 1 win­ners and this year’s cup win­ners Poyn­ton Vipers un­able to take any points from Macc in ei­ther of the fix­tures.

Marple

Ath­letic were one of the strong front run­ners.

Macc’s first tie was an away fix­ture re­sult­ing in Marple equal­is­ing in the dy­ing sec­onds to se­cure an un­de­served draw. The home leg was equally frus­trat­ing for the home team. Macc again dom­i­nated the game through­out and were win­ning but yet again with sec­onds to spare, Marple equalised.

Their record stood at 20 games, 14 wins, 3 draws, and just three losses come the end of the sea­son, with 74 goals scored, which was third best in the di­vi­sion, but with a very im­pres­sive de­fen­sive record of only 29 goals con­ceded – the best in the di­vi­sion – it was enough to win a very close ti­tle race with 45 points just beat­ing clos­est ri­vals Red­dish Vul­cans Galaxy by one point.

A mem­o­rable sea­son saw the Pan­thers play some fan­tas­tic pass­ing foot­ball. Great all round team ef­fort.

Team pho­to­graph pic­tured from left to right; Coach Chris Pem­ber­ton, Felix O’Neill, Josh Clarke, James Chad­wick, Alex Pear­son, Rhys Mal­lard, Colin Midge­ley, Euan Wal­lis, Asst coach Claire Bar­low.

Front row: Joe Cobey, Sam Box, Luke Pem­ber­ton, cap­tain Joel Bar­low, James Duck­worth, Ge­orge Richard­son and Thomas Smith, Cameron Kirk­land.

On Satur­day Macclesfield Pan­thers also won the U14s Eger­ton Tour­na­ment. Play­ing Madeley in the fi­nal win­ning on penal­ties.

●● Macclesfield Pan­thers won the Un­der 14s League Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle in the Stock­port Metro League

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