Mowbray Rangers Pumas 2-1 Cosby

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Pumas climbed up to second place after a hard-working win against well-organised Cosby.

In their first home game of the year, Pumas began with only nine fit players after last-minute changes.

After a delay to kick-off while the frost disappeared, both managers knew it was going to be a tough and close game.

The first 20 minutes was end-to-end with few chances and tough tackling from both teams, but it was the hosts who almost broke through after a great move started by Cowan.

Sercombe played a one-two with Godfrey and laid the ball out to Corker who broke down the left and whipped in a lovely cross. The keeper claimed the loose ball at the second time just before Godfrey’s boot could poke the ball into the net.

On 21 minutes the deadlock was broken when a long goalkick from the in-form Goodwin evaded Cosby’s defence. Hack ran through from the halfway line to slot home a great finish.

The second half started poorly for Mowbray when a wayward past from Hack fell to the Cosby midfielder. He ran through with ease to slide the ball past Goodwin who could only watch the ball hit the back of the net.

Pumas dug in deep and only a fantastic save from Cosby’s keeper kept the scores level. The game flowed from end-to-end with great last-ditch defending from Cantrill, Cook and Salinger saving Pumas on occasions.

With 10 minutes left, Godfrey went on a trademark run and was brought down on the edge of the area.

Cowan placed the ball and planted the ball into the top corner with his left foot from 15 yards to grab maximum points.

Pumas: Goodwin, Cowan, Cantrill, Corker, Cook, Sercombe, Hack, Godfrey (c), Salinger.