December 02 2015 11:50:34.
By Oscar Courtney
- U11 Tornadoes V Maccabi Vipers
Sunday 11th October 2015, Beech Farm, KO 1.15pm
It was a Sunday dinner time KO that saw, the 10 men of Beechfield United U11s Tornadoes, line up against the might of Maccabi Vipers. A sluggish start from the Tornadoes saw them fall behind early on. However, in an amazing display of resilience and character, the Tornadoes upped their game and steadily started to win the midfield battle. Spurred on by excellent vocal encouragement from Tom Williams and Joe Mountcastle, the Tornadoes soon found themselves back in the game when a lovely long range effort, from Joe Mountcastle, found the back of the net. As the half progressed, Brandon Wabayi and William Whipday started to boss the midfield and it was only fair that Brandon scored, after a superb burst in to the penalty area. As the half neared its end the Tornadoes striker, Sam Jones, finally got his reward for all his hard work when he scored, from inside the penalty box, with an excellent crisp shot. Buoyed by their comeback the Tornadoes started the second half superbly, pegging the Vipers back in their own half and forcing a succession of corners. Sadly, some sloppy defending saw the Vipers scoring with two counter attacking goals. Although, initially deflated after suffering such a unfair setback, the Tornadoes, again getting superb vocal encouragement from Tom W and Joe M, stepped up to the challenge and started to apply great pressure on the Vipers goal. Chances galore were created with Ronan Courtney and Harrison Birkett (who replaced Sam as striker) all going very close. In a desperate last two minutes, the Tornadoes, at last, got rewarded for their endeavour when a cross from Ronan was met in the penalty area by Joe Hope, who swept in from close range. Cue pandemonium on the touchline, especially from the Tornadoes manager, who sadly 'lost his composure' as he got swept along with the emotion of the occasion! Overall it was a spirited, hard working performance, from the Tornadoes, that rightly saw them score some superb goals. It was therefore only fair that Brandon Wabayi, the player who displayed a large proportion of those wonderful battling qualities, was awarded the Man of the Match trophy.