Panthers fall to Western in hard-fought contest

Against one of the toughest teams on their schedule, the Eastbrook Panthers battled with the Western Panthers for 80 minutes, but a late goal in the final two and a half minutes proved to be the difference in a 2-1 loss.

“Western is the best team we’ve seen,” Eastbrook Head Coach Adam Hallis said. “They played the ball so well. They’re very physical.”

The first half ended in a scoreless tie, but Western was able to score the first goal of the contest midway through the second half. Elijah Shutt quickly knotted the game at 1-1 off an Eastbrook corner kick, but the Panthers were held off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Despite the loss, however, the Panthers continued to showcase their improvement, and are becoming a better team with each passing contest.

“I talked with the guys about playing simply – do what you know how to do, do it right, and do it well,” Hallis said. “I thought we came out and did it. Overall, it was one of our better performances of the season. We just came up a little bit short. It was a step in the right direction. It was a good game to see what the guys are capable of.”

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