Penwortham are made to pay the penalty

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Garstang Youth beat Penwortham Youth at the Riverside thanks to two penalties.

There was one change to last week’s starting XI, Dallas returned from illness for his first game of the season.

Garstang had lots of possession in the early stages but couldn’t create any decent chances. Penwortham on the other hand looked dangerous, their front two strikers created problems constantly running off the ball.

It was from one of these breaks that Penwortham took the lead. A long through ball was chased down by a Penwortham forward. Garstang had chances to clear but allowed the striker to shoot into the far corner for a well taken goal.

The goal was against the run of play but the danger signs had been there. Garstang continued to press forward and were rewarded.

Penwortham were forced into a mistake, the alert Assalone knocked the ball round the keeper only to be brought down by the keeper. A penalty was awarded, but the referee showed no card. Mower slotted the penalty home with confidence to draw level.

Minutes later another penalty was awarded to Garstang, a low cross from the right was controlled on his chest by Turner, who was then was pushed to the ground by an over eager defender.

Once again Mower dispatched the penalty with ease to make it 2-1 to the Reds just before half time.

The second half was very competitive with both defences in control. It was only in the latter stages that Garstang created some good opportunities, mainly through the very impressive Assalone, but their shooting was wayward.

The main Penwortham threat came from several free kicks but Jones in net was solid throughout and Garstang held out for a hard-earned victory.

This was a good win with a man of the match performance from Assalone well supported by Spence, Turner and Handley.