POSTED: December 12 2019 19:54:37. By Keith Long
- U/11's Hurricanes Win First Game At New Ground
POSTED: December 08 2019 15:02:23. By Ben Robinson - Hurricanes goal-fest in first game at new 'home'
U11 Hurricanes (Home) v Beechfield Tornadoes
Saturday 7th December 2019 (10.15am KO)
Brookhouse Playing Fields, Buckthorne Lane, Salford, M30 7QD
Referee: Kaan Hayes
Won: 11-0 (HT 5-0)
Goals: Henry Errington (4), Alfie Rostron (2), Oliver Hall (2), Oliver Williams, Joshua Whitehead, Amaan Khan
MotM: Alfie Rostron
The Hurricanes lined up for a long-awaited challenge cup tie against club-rivals Beechfield Tornadoes in their first fixture at their new ‘home’ ground, in a first competitive match in several weeks (after repeated recent cancellations and postponements due to poor weather and/or conditions).
Enzo Barbosa was unfortunately unavailable for the game but the rest of the lads were raring to get going, and showed no sign of the rustiness that might’ve been expected after such a long time between games.
It only took 7 minutes for the ‘home’ side to open the scoring as Henry Errington pounced on a weak clearance from the opposition keeper and coolly slotted home. This was a sign of things to come, as the Hurricanes were relentless in attack and moments later Henry could’ve had a second after excellent work from Alfie Rostron. Jamie Maher also went close, after battling through the Tornadoes defence in a more advanced position than he usually plays.
The Hurricanes weren’t to be denied for much longer through, as Oliver Hall fired home from close range after Amaan Khan had tested the ‘keeper from Henry Errington’s cross, and the Captain was on hand to turn in the loose ball.
From the resulting restart, the Tornadoes forged their only significant chance of the first half, as a long ball led to a mix-up at the back, but Hurricanes ‘keeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker made a solid save low to his right to preserve the two-goal lead. Shortly after Oliver Williams came on upfront to give the attack some fresh legs, and the change paid off almost immediately as he fired in from close range, after good work from Oliver Hall.
The Hurricanes continued to dominate, with Fabio Figueiredo breaking up any opportunities that the Tornadoes tried to develop, and it wasn’t long before Amaan Khan added a fourth with an absolute thunderbolt of a shot, from just outside the area to the opposite top corner, giving the ‘keeper absolutely no chance.
Just as it looked as through that was the end of the scoring for the first half, Joshua Whitehead charged forward from central midfield to latch onto a goal kick that hadn’t been cleared, before confidently hitting the back of the net to give the rampant Hurricanes a deserved 5-0 led as they went into the break.
Unfortunately that was to be Josh’s last action of the game, as he had to be withdrawn in the opening minute of the second half following a nasty clash of heads. Thankfully he seemed to be OK later and his teammates continued to boss the game.
It was only moments before Henry Errington added his second, and the team’s sixth, goal of the morning after a clever assist from Alfie Rostron. Henry didn’t have to wait long for his hattrick either, as he ran on to a long ball over the top before calmly slotting home into the bottom corner to effectively end the game as a contest. Henry then scored his fourth of the game with another fine finish, after more superb work from Alfie Rostron.
Oliver Hall doubled his tally for the morning with a rocket into the roof of the net, after Henry had laid off a dangerous cross from Amaan Khan, which put the Hurricanes nine goals in front as the Tornadoes heads went down.
The final two goals of the game went to Alfie Rostron, who deservedly won Man of the Match for his performance. His first was a deft lob over their onrushing goalkeeper, following a length-of-the-field solo run after a corner was booted clear. Alfie’s second, and the game’s final goal was a shot from closer range following a superb cross from the right by Dillan Caldwell.
That sealed a huge victory for the ‘home’ team which earned them plenty of praise after the final whistle from their coaches, parents and even the opposition. Unfortunately this would be the last ‘derby’ between the two sides, as the Tornadoes coaching staff announced that their team would now be disbanded.
Hurricanes coach Ben Robinson said after the game “Tornadoes coaching staff have left due to other commitments and it’s very sad to see the lads upset this morning. As parents, we wouldn’t want that for our own, and to see another Beechy team fold is not good for the club”. We wish Jo, Mark and the Tornadoes players all the best for the future and hope we’ll see them all around soon.
The Hurricanes squad for the match was: Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Fabio Figueiredo, Alfie Rostron, Oliver Williams, Oliver Hall, Henry Errington, Dillan Caldwell, Jamie Maher and Joshua Whitehead.
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