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Under 16's finish the season in style

By Mark Parsons

Thornes Juniors U16's 5-1 Tingley Athletic U16's

Thornes went into their final game wanting to finish on a high and secure a creditable 5th place in the league. In perfect conditions at Queens Drive it was the visitors however who made the better start to the game. Following a couple of early warnings, Thornes eventually conceded after five minutes when they were caught overplaying in their own box and the Tingley striker punished them to open the scoring. This definitely rocked Thornes who responded positively and began to put some real pressure on the Tingley goal. A flurry of Thornes corners produced some goalmouth action although Tingley managed to hold on to their lead. After 15 minutes however Thornes did strike back...and how! A lovely weighted ball down the right from Josh Topp allowed Jed Firth to run onto it strike with a world class long range finish from the right wing to bring the home team level. This strike definitely boosted the home team although the visitors gave as good as they got for the remainder of the first half, with the teams going into the break at 1-1.

Into the second half and Thornes started in a more positive fashion. Energy levels were up and Thornes started to really create some great chances. However, as chance after chance came and went you did begin to wonder whether it wasn't going to be Thornes day. That was until the 65th minute, when Iwo Waszyk laid the ball off to Josh Cameron-Edwards who smashed home from long range. This boosted the Thornes players who then began to turn on the style. Within 5 minutes they had doubled the lead when a mazy dribble from Pawel Topa resulted in Josh Topp setting up Alex Tunningley to smash home from 6 yards. Thornes then scored again with their next attack, Iwo Waszyk playing a high ball over the defence for Pawel Topa to chase down and finish past the Tingley keeper. On 75 minutes the gloss was put was put on the performance when Alex Tunningley turned provider, laying the ball off to the impressive Iwo Waszyk who slotted home confidently from 25 yards out. This took the score to 5-1 to Thornes which is how the game finished. Job done for Thornes with these 3 points securing a fifth place finish in the league. Well done lads!

Despite the impressive attacking performances Thornes Man of the Match went to Konrad Krok who put in a faultless performance at centre half.

Updated 21:13 - 12 May 2019 by Mark Parsons

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