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Hillsborough Pumas
Ecclesfield Eagles
M Cowen (25', 85'), J Keighley (89')
Full time
 (40', 50')
Sat 1 Sep 10:30 - Sheffield & District Fair Play League - Division 2

Pumas 3-2 Eagles


Pumas get over line late on to pick up win on the opening day

Hillsborough Pumas got their season off to a flying start with a 3-2 home win against newly promoted Ecclesfield Eagles.

Pumas started the game well & in the early stages dominated the game without causing too many problems to the opposition.

The breakthrough did however come. After around 25 minutes when the ball was worked down the right hand side by Joe Keighley & Jake Slaughter. Slaughter whipped in a curling cross to the back post which was met by an unbelievable first touch & smashed into the net by Matt Cowen.

Another few chances came the Pumas way who had chances to extend the lead by 2 or 3 before the end of the half but then Ecclesfield got back into the game against the run of play.

A long ball forward by Ecclesfield wasn’t dealt with at the back post and some confusion resulted in the Ecclesfield forward tapping into an empty goal.

The goal really picked up Ecclesfield’s performance after half time who really grew into the game. Ecclesfield dominated for large periods of the second half an finally went in front when a chipped ball from the full back resulted in a player bearing down 1v1 with goalkeeper Corey Hawksworth, who had commanded his area well in the first half. The forward cut the ball back & although a last ditch attempt by Ben Cawthorne almost kept it out, it did creep over the line. In fairness it was deserved.

The goal seemed to drain Pumas at that stage and it didn’t really look like there was a way back into the game with some growing frustrated.

It looked at one stage that luck wasn’t on our side either with last seasons top scorer Matt Cowen hitting the post both in open play & direct from a well struck free kick.

The Pumas also had injury troubles going into the last 10. With Evan Watson & Brad Hardy both taken off injured for the impressive Calum Turner & Dan Currie. Ben Cawthorne went down with an arm injury. With all subs used up Ben insisted on returning to the pitch and played on through the pain barrier. Top level commitment from a top man.

Then came the late drama, with 5 minutes to go the equaliser did come. A ball into the feet of Matt Cowen by Joe Keighley saw Cowen roll his man on the edge of the box before firing a left foot strike in off the under side of the cross bar, a really stunning finish.

Then in the last couple of minutes of the game Dan Currie broke free down the left after a ball forward by Callum Rodgers. Currie cut the ball back to Joe Keighley who bundled the ball over the line for a late Pumas winner.

Pumas shut out the last couple of minutes injury time to record their first win of the season.

Credit must go to Ecclesfield who came to play football & on the day probably deserved more.

Pumas will be disappointed with their overall performance but with 8 players unavailable for selection a win is a win.

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Matt Cowen

Player of the Match

Matt Cowen

Key moments

Goal Matt Cowen scores for Hillsborough Pumas
Goal Goal for Ecclesfield Eagles
Goal Goal for Ecclesfield Eagles
Goal Matt Cowen scores for Hillsborough Pumas
Goal Joe Keighley scores for Hillsborough Pumas


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90:00 Player of the Match
Matt Cowen is awarded player of the match for Hillsborough Pumas
89:00 Goal 3 - 2
Joe Keighley scores for Hillsborough Pumas
85:00 Assist
Joe Keighley makes an assist for Hillsborough Pumas
85:00 Goal 2 - 2
Matt Cowen scores for Hillsborough Pumas
50:00 Goal 1 - 2
Goal for Ecclesfield Eagles
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Ecclesfield Eagles
30:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Smith is yellow carded for Hillsborough Pumas
25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matt Cowen scores for Hillsborough Pumas
25:00 Assist
Jake Slaughter makes an assist for Hillsborough Pumas
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hillsborough Pumas
  • Ecclesfield Eagles
  • 0
  • Matt Cowen Goal 25:00'
  • Jake Slaughter Assist 25:00'
  • Jordan Smith Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Goal 40:00'
  • Goal 50:00'
  • Matt Cowen Goal 85:00'
  • Joe Keighley Assist 85:00'
  • Joe Keighley Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Hawksworth, Corey Hawksworth, Corey
Slaughter, Jake Slaughter, Jake
Cawthorne, Ben Cawthorne, Ben
Watson, Evan Watson, Evan
Coupe, Wilson Coupe, Wilson
Rodgers, Callum Rodgers, Callum
Keighley, Joe Keighley, Joe
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Firth, Sam Firth, Sam
Cowen, Matt Cowen, Matt
Hardy, Brad Hardy, Brad

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