POSTED: October 11 2016 13:39:17. By Oscar Courtney - U12 MOSTON TIGERS STRIPES V U12 TORNADOES

Saturday 8th October, Salford Sports Village, KO 10am, Friendly.

Although this was our scheduled league fixture, it had to be designated a friendly as Moston are waiting on several players receiving 'International Clearance'. Again, I was only able to stay for the first half, due to U7 Tornadoes commitments, but from what I did see, this was a vastly improved performance from the previous week. The midfield got an early foothold on the game and the defence seemed organised and able to snuff out most of the danger.
A fairly tame shot, from the edge of the area by Joe Hope, squirmed under the keeper's body to give the Tornadoes an early lead. It may have been seen as a 'lucky goal' but it was a change of fortune that the Tornadoes richly deserved. Joe fashioned some room for himself to shoot, he got the shot on target and it went in. Full marks to Joe, as far as I'm concerned! As the half progressed Moston stepped up their play and created a number of chances, one of which they put away with clinical precision. However, after that brief revival the Tornadoes wrestled back control of the game and went on to create several more chances, featuring good triangular passing between Ronan, Patrick and Will. The Tornadoes' first half dominance was again rewarded on the stroke of half time when Ronan lofted in a perfectly placed free kick. Sam intelligently deflected the ball in to the Moston net, to make the score 1-2 at the break and register his first goal of the season. The second half I'm reliably informed was the "Joe Hope show"! In Ronan's words, "Dad, you should've seen Joe Hope in the second half, he was awesome"! Apart from Joe running the opposition ragged in midfield, the half also, at last, featured a ruthless Tornadoes winning a game comprehensively. A brace of goals apiece from Alan and our very own John Stones, Will, saw the Tornadoes emerge victorious for the first time this season. Well done lads and well done to the defence, particularly Callum and debutant Taylor O'Brien, for keeping the opposition at bay and restricting them to only 1 goal. Finally, well done to Joe Hope for a midfield masterclass that saw him get the MOTM award. No contest apparently!
Final Score: Moston 1 - 6 Tornadoes.

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