POSTED: September 14 2019 16:25:38. By Ben Robinson - Honours even in thrilling season opener

Moorside Rangers Yellows v U11 Hurricanes (Away)
Saturday 7th September 2019 (9.00am)
Moorside Farm, Victoria Ln, Swinton, M27 0NH
Referee: Jack Kearsley

Drew: 2-2 (HT 2-1)
Goals: Alfie Rostron (2)
MotM: Henry Errington

Neighbours Moorside Rangers Yellows were the Hurricanes' opponents for their first 9v9 Blue Group fixture of the season. The Hurricanes were without Daniel Robinson (following his transfer to the U11 Lightning squad) and Amaan Khan (who was still on warm-weather pre-season training) but welcomed Enzo Barbosa who was making his competitive debut for the team.

The Hurricanes went a goal down in the 7th minute after a free kick to Beechy was booted clear and Rangers opened the scoring following a counter-attack. A minute later, the Hurricanes were back level when, after a great run from Enzo Barbosa, Henry Errington almost scored but then regained possession and played the ball back to Alfie Rostron on the edge of the area, ho fired a great finish home inside the right-hand post.

Joshua Whitehead had to be substituted when his powerful run down the left flank was ended by a very heavy challenge, despite no free kick being awarded?! Dillan Caldwell was Josh's replacement and he was soon in action making a good headed clearance.

Another cracking run from Henry Errington led to a chance for Enzo Barbosa then a scissor-kick by Alfie Rostron almost beat the Rangers keeper. Again Rangers counter-attacking almost resulted in a goal and though the ball hit the post, the referee had already given an offside decision.

Joshua Whitehead was back on the pitch as Jamie Maher took a breather, before Oliver Williams had won the ball with a strong challenge on the halfway line. Superb interplay between Henry Errington and Enzo Barbosa down the left wing led to a shot by Henry that flew just wide of the target.

On 21 minutes, Moorside led 2-1 after yet another counter-attack and, although Oliver Dalton-Bunker saved the initial shot, a Rangers striker netted the rebound. In this end to end encounter Rangers nearly added a third goal but this effort missed the target and hosts were still 2-1 up at the break.

It was an important half time team talk from assistant coaches Glenn Whitehead and Tom Hall, who were deputising for coach Ben Robinson as he was flying back from a scouting trip to Salou!

The Hurricanes started the second half brightly and Jamie Maher nearly scored but his effort hit the side netting following good work from Oliver Hall. Beechy then went close again after a another attempt by Oliver Hall brought a great save from the Rangers keeper.

Alfie Rostron tried his luck but his fierce shot flew just wide of the far post. Rangers had a goal disallowed when Oliver Dalton-Bunker made a save and, while he tried to smother the ball, the Rangers striker managed to turn it into the net, but the referee said he'd kicked the ball out of Oliver's hands so the Hurricanes had a lucky escape.

Beechy equalised thanks to good work from Oliver Hall and Alfie Rostron who made it 2-2 with his second goal of the game.

With 9 minutes left to play it was still end to end and with no further goals this cracking game ended with both teams having a share of the spoils.

Henry Errington was Hurricanes' Man of the Match with Alfie Rostron a close second. As the saying goes all the Beechy players ran their socks off and were unlucky not to secure a win.

The Hurricanes squad for the match was: Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Fabio Figueiredo, Alfie Rostron, Oliver Williams, Oliver Hall, Henry Errington, Dillan Caldwell, Jamie Maher, Joshua Whitehead and Enzo Barbosa.

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