Match Report: Penrith Academy vs Burneside FC (Peter Daws Memorial Shield)

Tonight saw the two promoted teams from Division Three clash one final time this season, in the final of the Peter Daws Memorial Shield.

Last week the teams met in the league, a game which Burneside won to secure promotion against League Champions Penrith, earlier in the season however Penrith defeated Burneside in the reverse fixture. This game therefore was to be tight and very well contested.

Played at Parkside Road stadium home of Kendal Town FC, the cup would make what has been a great season for both clubs, just that little bit more special.

As the game got underway, most would expect Burneside to come flying out the blocks as they usually do however it was Penrith who settled early into their rythm and who got the early goal, a corner was delivered into the box by Declan Moore and Burneside failed to clear their lines, the ball was then forced home by Penrith Centre half Roy Emmerson with roughly 5 minutes on the clock.

Burneside then got going and came into the game creating some chances of their own with a few in reply from Penrith.

In what was a very well contested first half, Penrith built the pressure late in the half and it told when a long kick from keeper Macauley Musgrave was flicked on beating the Burneside defence and the ball was rolled into the bottom corner by striker Tom Graham. 2-0 Penrith going into half time.

With all still to play for in the tie and with both sides knowing what each other was capable of producing, 2-0 wasn’t a comfortable lead and both sides would be looking to push on in the second half.

As expected Burneside started the second half well, but it wasn’t until around the hour mark when they got a goal back, when a free kick was saved by the Penrith keeper but the rebound was tucked home. Game on

For the next 20 minutes Burneside went for the equaliser going all out attack having two efforts disallowed for offside in the process, but Penrith defended well and late in the game began creating some chances of their own, some good work holding the ball up late in the game by Penrith lead to the Burneside captain receiving a second yellow card for a bad tackle and he was sent off.

Penrith hit the woodwork twice late on, but they had done enough and the full time whistle went, the game finishing 2-1.

Celebration for the League Champions Penrith Academy then as they secured the double. Commiserations for Burneside, but the two teams will meet again in Division Two next year.

Match Report: Penrith Academy vs Burneside FC (Westmorland League Division Three)

On Wednesday evening the final round of fixtures in Division Three took place, with Burneside needing all three points to secure promotion to Division Two alongside the home team.

Penrith Academy were already promoted having secured the league title the previous game, but Burneside needed to at least match the Kirkoswald result against Sedbergh the same evening, as with their superior goal difference it would see them go up.

With Penrith being presented the League winners trophy after the game, the game took place at Frenchfield Park, Home of Northern League side Penrith AFC.

As the match kicked off, Burneside started the better of the two sides creating some early opportunities, before the Academy settled and created a few of their own.

It was the away team who broke the deadlock however when a Burneside player was allowed space on the edge of the box to turn and roll the ball home, before doubling their lead soon after in fairly similar fashion.

Penrith did hit back, through captain Kieran Hodgson after the away team failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell at the feet of the central midfielder to fire home just before half time. 2-1.

With all to play for in the second half, both teams created chances before Burneside added another, making them somewhat more comfortable in their lead.

Late in the half, Penrith were down to 10 men after an injury following all the substitutes being used. This meant that Burneside had a lot more time on the ball and they took advantage of this, adding a fourth goal and securing the win and with it promotion.

This result meant that the teams finished 1st and 2nd in the league and both will be in Division Two next year so expect another round of interesting games.

Penrith Academy Manager Mark Bell and Assistant Garry Holmes alongside Penrith AFC first team mascot Brad Hodgson

Before this however the teams meet again on Tuesday the 7th May at Parkside Road home of Kendal Town FC, the final of the Peter Daws Memorial Shield.

A match that we are sure will be another interesting game to watch, and congratulations to both sides on promotion!

Match Report: Penrith Academy vs Braithwaite (Westmorland League Division Three)

Going into this game, the home side needed the three points to secure promotion from Division 3. However against a Braithwaite team that have improved massively in recent weeks, picking up points against 2nd placed Kirkoswald reserves and Lunesdale United, it was going to be a difficult game especially with it being a midweek game.

With a couple of players missing, the Academy took a while to get going in this tie and with that the first half was a very even affair, the home side going ahead through a Luke Hunter goal however his goal was cancelled out just before half time by Braithwaite.

In the second half, the home side started the quicker of the two teams, and eventually went ahead with a touch of fortune, a long ball forward by Penrith keeper Macauley Musgrave was headed over his own goalkeeper by the Braithwaite center half and the ball rolled into the empty net.

After the home side taking the lead, the game again leveled out and both teams had some chances to score, although as the half wore on, the away side tired and the younger Academy side extended their lead through division top scorer Tom Graham to wrap up all the 3 points.

With the win, Penrith Academy go six points clear with two games remaining, assuring promotion in the process. They dont have to wait long for the chance to wrap up the title as they travel away to 9th place Endmoore KGR Reserves on Saturday.

Match Report: Burneside FC vs Penrith Academy (Westmorland League Division Three)

Hollis Lane was the venue for this crucial game between two title challengers in Division Three of the Westmorland League.

Credit: Burneside FC

With Penrith sat top of the league on goal difference and Burneside sat in third but with games in hand, the game was all about setting a marker for the run in to the end of the season. The game also saw the divisions two top scorers going head to head, with Tom Graham playing for the Academy sat on 32 goals and Jay Hayton on 28 goals for Burneside.

The home side started the better of the two teams and for the opening twenty minutes were on top, without producing a great deal of opportunities. After the Academy settled into the game and soon took their chances, the opener coming from Jack Rossi after a great turn and cross from Nathan Kerr on the left wing and Rossi finished the chance with a header at the back post.

The next two goals before half time came from Luke Hunter, who placed the ball in the bottom corner from the edge of the box and Nathan Kerr after some more great work down the left hand side.

With the score 0-3 at half time the game was still far from over with both teams knowing the next goal was crucial and all was still to play for.

The second half again saw the home team start the better creating some chances and gave returning Academy keeper Macauley Musgrave some work to do. Burneside’s best chance came from a volley from the edge of the box after a corner was swung in, but Musgrave was equal to it, stopping the ball hitting the top corner.

The game was eventually tied up by the Academy with another goal from man of the match Jack Rossi and the game finished 0-4 to the Academy, who stretch their winning run to 8 games and are now clear at the top of the league by 3 points and have a game in hand on second place Kirkoswald Reserves.

The Academy’s next fixture is a cup semi final against Staveley United reserves at Frenchfields on the 20th April.