POSTED: January 27 2018 12:44:32. By Ben Robinson - Hurricanes win to finish joint-top of their group!

U9 Hurricanes (Home) v Manchester Maccabi Eagles
Sunday 14th January 2018 (1.00pm)
BeechFarm, Shelley Rd, M27 0PB
Referee: Danny Shryane

Won: 4-1 (HT 1-1)
Goals: Jai Devani-White (2), Presley Smith, Daniel Robinson
MotM: Jamie Maher

The Hurricanes returned to action with their first home game for 6 weeks, in their final game in their U9 Challenge Tournament cup group.

The home side started quickly and had by far the better of the early exchanges. It didn't take long for Beechfield to take the lead, with Jai Devani-White slotting home in the 8th minute after good work from Man of the Match Jamie Maher. Further chances followed by the Hurricanes were not able to extend their lead as the visitors started to come into the game.

Towards the end of the half, a counter attack by the Eagles led to confusion in the Beechy defence and they scored a scrappy equaliser, completely against the run of play.

Some carefully chosen words from the manager and his assistant at half time ensured that the home team started the second half on the front foot again, and just 5 minutes into the second half Presley Smith stuck to put the Hurricanes back in front, following a scramble in the Eagles' penalty area.

This seemed to give the Beechfield players even more confidence as they pushed forward, playing some great football and dominating possession. Their superiority was rewarded with a third goal after Jai Devani-White smashed home his second of the game, again following good work from Jamie Maher.

A fourth goal from leading goalscorer Daniel Robinson in the closing minutes, following a good break from Oliver Hall, was no more than the home team deserved as they ran out convincing 4-1 winners.

Unfortunately, despite a great performance that ensured the Hurricanes finished level on points at the top of their cup group, they were knocked out of the Challenge Tournament due to their head-to-head record against rivals Deans Youth & Ladies Sports, who progress to the next round.

After the game, manager Ben Robinson said "Well done today. Great first 10 minutes, we were all over them. We let them come back into it with some disorganisation at the back but in the second half we were by far the better team and the result shows that. A great effort and a brilliant cup run. Thanks to all the parents for your commitment and well done Hurricanes and especially Jamie for a well deserved Man of the Match award".

The Hurricanes squad for the match was: Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Dillan Caldwell, Jamie Maher, Alfie Latham, Oliver Hall, Joshua Whitehead, Jaiesh Devani-White, Matthew Elliott, Prestley Smith, Daniel Robinson, Sean Cosgrove.

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