PAN COMMUNITY 5, NORTHWOOD RESERVES 2

PAN Community won the first trophy of a possible historic treble this season by clinching the Isle of Wight Junior A Cup against a plucky Northwood St John Reserves side in an entertaining final played at Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes. 

The Newport side — on the brink of winning the Island League Division 2 title and playing Eastleigh side St Francis in the final of the Hampshire Vase on Saturday — began on the front foot, with Ross Lacey seeing shots narrowly miss the target in the early stages, followed by a shot well saved by Lewis Murray in the 13th minute.

But against the run of play, Northwood took the lead — Oscar Grant converting a Leigh MacKenzie cross.

Pan responded well, with Lennox Dunkling seeing his powerful shot deflected over the bar in the 24th minute. 

Five minutes’ later, Pan equalised through a Sam Williams effort from six yards.
Pan continued to press and turned the game around — Lacey finishing during a goalmouth scramble a minute before the interval.

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Northwood battled gamely to find a leveller, with Ollie Cousins and MacKenzie firing over in the early stages of the second half. 

Pan also had their chances to extend their lead, with former W&B forward Ash Gulliver heading just wide. 

Northwood felt aggrieved when the referee did not hand Sam Shepherd a card for a foul on Connor England on the edge of the Pan penalty area.

But on the hour, Pan scored the all-important fourth goal of the game to go 3-1 up when Gulliver converted a Josh Gwilliam cross. 

Pan were unlucky not to extend their lead when a Mark Taylor strike came back off the Northwood upright.

In the 75th minute, Pan were reduced to ten men when Gulliver was sin-binned for dissent. 

Northwood took advantage of the extra man when Cousins converted a MacKenzie pass to pull it back to 3-2. 

Shortly after scoring, Northwood were adamant they should have been awarded a spot kick when MacKenzie was body checked in the penalty area.

The final word of the game belonged to Pan centre forward Taylor, who beat Murray from close range in the 82nd minute, followed by a volley from the edge of the penalty area in injury time to kill off any hopes Northwood had.

Pan Community: Williams, S. Shepherd, Thorne, S.Williams, Piper (capt), Dunkling, Case, J.Gwilliam, Taylor, Gulliver, Lacey. Subs: Davies, Hatton, S.Gwilliam.
Northwood St John Reserves: Murray, Rogers, Rigby, Allen (capt), Oatley, Morgan, Butt, Grant, Cousins, MacKenzie, Kirkpatrick. Subs: England, Bates, Rose.