POSTED: February 06 2017 16:11:16. By Oscar Courtney - U12 TORNADOES V U12 MOSTON STRIPES

Saturday 4th February, Beech Farm, KO 9am, Friendly.

Reduced to a squad of 9 men, and playing on an extremely gloopy pitch, the Tornadoes got off a brilliant start! For the first 10-15 minutes, the Tornadoes were more or less camped in the Moston half. Numerous chances were created as some wonderful passing football was put on display. However, despite Max, Johnny Walsh (on loan for the first half) and Sam all coming close, the Tornadoes could not make their territorial advantage count. As the half progressed, the Tornadoes seemed to run out of energy and this allowed Moston to dominate the remaining 10-15 minutes. However, the deadlock was to remain unbroken, until 5 minutes in to the second half, when the Tornadoes were awarded a free kick about 5 yards outside the penalty area. Sam grabbed the ball, and brokering no disputes, dispatched a wonderful finish in to the bottom left hand corner of the Moston net. Invigorated by the goal the Tornadoes went on a roll as Ronan and Sam (again) both netted to make it 3-0, to the Tornadoes, with about 7 minutes to go. However, once again fatigue got the better of the Tornadoes and they conceded two back to back goals. Pushing forward for an equaliser though, left Moston very exposed at the back. When one of their moves broke down, Max and Sam combined to play Ronan through, as he ran on to the ball in his own half. Taking it forward Ronan expertly took it round the keeper and slotted home to make it 4-2 to the Tornadoes. That 2 goal cushion was to prove decisive as virtually from kick off, and with time up, Moston scored a third to leave the score 4-3 to the Tornadoes. Overall it was a gritty performance from the boys who had to dig deep in difficult, energy sapping conditions. Playing with 8 men in the second half, and having no subs options, was a big ask for the Tornadoes but they came through it. MOTM had to go to Max who never stopped for a second and was terribly unlucky not to score a couple of goals. Final score: Tornadoes 4 - 3 Moston Stripes

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