February 03 2018 16:56:07.
By Ben Robinson
- Convincing win for dominant Hurricanes!
U9 Hurricanes (Home) v De La Salle Devils
Saturday 3rd February 2018 (9.00am)
Salford Sports Village, Littleton Rd, Salford M7 3NQ
Referee: George Hill
Won: 4-0 (HT 0-0)
Goals: Alfie Latham, Daniel Robinson (2), Oliver Hall
MotM: Daniel Robinson
After all fixtures on Salford Community Leisure pitches were cancelled yet again due to the poor weather, the Beechfield Hurricanes gave up their home advantage to hold the game on the 3G pitches at Sports Sports Village in an early morning kick off.
Despite the cold, wet conditions the Hurricanes made a very positive start to the game, with all of the early possession and a number of good chances, including a great strike from Oliver Hall that was kept out by a combination of the post and crossbar. Despite wave after wave of attacking football from the Beechfield team, the Devils’ defence managed to keep them out, mainly thanks to their very tall and mature looking goalkeeper, who made a string of excellent saves.
An inspirational half time team-talk from manager Ben Robinson and assistant manager Glenn Whitehead obviously made an impression as the Hurricanes started the second half in even better form, and it wasn’t long before they deservedly took the lead. A great ball out of defence from captain Jamie Maher a picked up on half way by Dillan Caldwell who beat his man and broke down the wing. A perfectly weighted ball into the box gave Alfie Latham the chance to out-muscle his marker and slide in to score one the team’s best goals of the season so far!
This did seem to prompt a response from the De La Salle side who had a couple of chances of their own on the counter-attack, forcing some good saves from ‘keeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker and strong defensive clearances from Joshua Whitehead, who was playing in a deeper role than usual. However it wasn’t long before Beechfield were back on top and doubled their lead. This time Oliver Hall’s shot from distance forced a great save from the giant opposition goalkeeper but leading goal-scorer Daniel Robinson was on hand to fire home the loose ball with his sixteenth goal of the season.
From this point onwards it was one-way traffic as the Beechfield boys created chance after chance, and could’ve scored many more goals against a younger looking, less effective goalkeeper. However the mature-looking shot-stopper was beaten again, this time by Oliver Hall with a fine solo effort, after picking the ball up on half way and hitting a rasping shot from way outside of the box.
As the game drew to a close, and the away goalkeeper developed a 5 o’clock shadow, man of the match Daniel Robinson fired a low, hard shot into the bottom corner after a great through ball to give the ‘home’ side an unassailable lead that was the least that their dominance deserved.
After the game, manager Ben Robinson said "Well done boys. Great performance today from start to finish, especially considering the cold, wet weather. Credit to De La Salle for playing the whole 50 minutes with only 7 players. Thanks to all of the parents for giving us the option of a full squad".
The Hurricanes squad for the match was: Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Joshua Whitehead, Jamie Maher, Alfie Latham, Oliver Hall, Matthew Elliott, Dillan Caldwell, Jaiesh Devani-White, Presley Smith, Daniel Robinson, Sean Cosgrove.