December 02 2015 11:50:53.
By Oscar Courtney
- Deans Youth Panthers V U11 Tornadoes
Saturday 24th October 2015, Salisbury Road, KO 11am.
Due to injury, and the impact of Half Term holidays, an under strength Tornadoes took to the pitch against Deans Youth Panthers, in this Challenge Cup tie. In tough, cold conditions the 9 men of Tornadoes found it hard to get in to their stride. The only exception being Jamie Butterworth who ran his socks off in the first period. The long grass didn't help the Tornadoes passing and the lads soon found themselves pegged back in their own half. Thankfully the brave saves of debutant goalkeeper, Callum Looby, kept the Tornadoes in the match. Finally Deans' pressure paid off when they were awarded a penalty late in the 1st half, which was soon followed by a second well worked goal. The second half saw a more spirited performance from the Tornadoes with Jamie Butterworth and Brandon Wabayi both impressing. Harrision Birkett and Ronan Courtney also began to step up and cause problems for the Deans defence. Ronan and Harrison's inter-play, coupled with Ronan's direct running, caused chaos in the Deans half of the pitch. Unfortunately the four gilt edged chances, forged out by the Tornadoes, all failed to be converted. Harrison came closest when he saw his brilliant shot hit the post and fly along the goal line. Brandon then smacked a terrific shot that the Deans keeper got a hand to and forced out for a corner. Ronan, then broke from the halfway line and converged on goal but the ball hit a divot, just as he shot, and ballooned over the crossbar. Finally a fabulous cross-shot in the area by Jamie only needed a slight touch/deflection to find the net. At the other end Deans found the net three times to give them a resounding looking victory. However, I don't think the scoreline tells the true story of the match and the boys should be heartened by their efforts. It really was "One of those days". Special mention to Callum Looby for an excellent and brave goal keeping debut, but MOTM went to Jamie Butterworth who put in a display worthy of Bryan Robson.