August 14 2017 10:38:01.
By Oscar Courtney
- U8 TORNADOES V U8 LIGHTNING
Saturday 12th Sept, Beech Farm, KO 11am, Friendly.
The Tornadoes lined up for this pre-season friendly, against the newly formed Lightning, in good spirits!
With all the Tornadoes, bar Dylan who was on holiday, reporting for duty, it was great to get all the boys together and try to put in to practice what they'd been learning in training.
Buoyed with the new addition of goal keeper, Oliver Wood, the Tornadoes took to the field against some familiar faces. The Lightning team boasted some great talents liked Charlie, Oscar, Brodie, Eddie, Marley and new arrival Brandon, therefore the Tornadoes knew that they had a game on their hands.
And so it proved to be, as the Lightning got off to a great start moving the ball around superbly and working well in their support play.
However, as the rain lashed down and the half progressed the Tornadoes started to get their play going and, despite the very long grass, move the ball around reasonably well.
Despite there being no let up in the weather, the Tornadoes put in a great first half performance that saw them end the opening spell several goals in front - with Daire, Flinn, Alfie and Jack all finding the net. At the other end, Oliver completed his debut first half in goals, only being troubled once.
The changeover saw Jack move in to nets and Oliver moving to an outfield position. Again, the Tornadoes tried to play good passing football and were rewarded with another set of goals as Flinn and Alfie added to their tallies.
Although the Tornadoes benefited with some slices of good fortune, in the game, full credit has to go to the Lightning. They kept competing all the way through and found the net three more times in the second period.
I'd say the scoreline flattered the Tornadoes and certainly, for the majority of the game, the Lightning were a good even match for the Tornadoes. I'm sure the Lightning will have a good season this year and everyone at Beechfield will be wishing them well!
In terms of the overall display, I was very pleased with the fact that the boys mostly seemed to embrace the idea of passing the ball to a team mate. It was very encouraging to see the boys attempting to replicate what they'd been doing in training. Certainly the sequence of passes between Flinn, Alfie and Daire that led to a goal, just before half time, was an absolute joy for myself and Richard. Therefore it was no surprise that those three jointly got the MOTM award.
In terms of the other individuals: Oliver had a great debut game in nets and was equally impressive when he played outfield.
George was his usual athletic self, defending brilliantly as well as going on his trademark marauding runs.
Stewart, despite looking tired and slightly out of sorts, warmed to his task and by the end had put in a tremendous shift.
Jack scored a great goal in the first half and really impressed in the second as the goalie. His reading of the play and anticipation was first class.
And finally, Logan was full of energy and drive and again put in a fantastic display of committed tackling and running.
Keep up the good work boys!