April 18 2016 11:10:42.
By Oscar Courtney
- De La Salle Reds v U11 Tornadoes
Saturday 16th April 2016, Lancaster Road, KO 9am.
Once again the Tornadoes were left without a recognised goalkeeper, with Callum Looby and Tom Messenger both reporting sick. Thankfully the Tornadoes found an able replacement in defender Tom Williams, who this time volunteered to step in to the breach. Opting to play 4 at the back, against strong opposition, the Tornadoes got off to a decent start with Max Chidgey, Jamie Butterworth, Will Whipday and Joe Mountcastle all looking quite solid. Unfortunately a debatable corner award, to De La Salle, saw Will being adjudged to have handled the ball in our area. The resultant penalty was duly dispatched by De La Salle. Undeterred the Tornadoes battled on throughout the half creating a number of decent half chances. I'd say we were marginally the better team and it was unfortunate that the Tornadoes found themselves a second goal down when the referee called for half time. It's a credit to the boys that they realised that they were still very much in this match and picked up where they left off, in the second half. A sweeping move involving Harrison Birkett, Pat Walsh and Joe Hope saw Pat unleash a well placed shot, with his left foot, in to the De La Salle net from just inside the penalty area. A glorious finish to a very well worked counter attacking goal. The goal inspired the Tornadoes and they carried on taking the game to De La Salle and managed to create numerous chances to find the net. Alas it wasn't to be and De La Salle emerged victorious after scoring a third goal. Despite the loss I was extremely buoyed by the performance and the boys' attitude. They passed the ball well, showed tremendous heart and courage as well as superb commitment and drive. Overall this performance was a world away from the one against the same opposition, in the Cup, a week before. Special mentions must go to a very solid Max, Will for his marauding runs forward, Jamie for his discipline in staying back and Pat for his non stop running and tackling. But MOTM had to go to Tom Williams who grew in confidence as the game went on and put in a great goalkeeping display. Well done all!