January 27 2018 13:35:11.
By Ben Robinson
- Hurricanes narrowly edged out by strong opposition
Barr Hill Hearts v U9 Hurricanes (Away)
Saturday 27th January 2018 (9.00am)
Summerville Rd, Salford, M6 7HG
Referee: Cameron Williams
Lost: 3-2 (HT 1-1)
Goals: Jai Devani-White, Daniel Robinson
MotM: Sean Cosgrove
It was an early morning kick for the Hurricanes who were back in league action after their cup exploits. The game was played on a cold, wet, windy pitch and the previous game against the same opposition had ended with a narrow 3-2 Beechfield victory, so it was expected to be a close encounter.
A big, strong, hard-working Barr Hill team had the better of the opening exchanges but there were few chances for either team. As the half wore on, the game became a little more open and both keepers were called into action. Unfortunately, following a bit of pinball in the Beechfield penalty area, if was Barr Hill who slammed in the opening game mid way through the first half.
However the Hurricanes continued to work hard and a counter-attack from the away team culminated in a solo run from Jai Devani-White who fired home an equaliser, with his third goal in the last two games, to level the scores at half time.
The Hearts continued to be the stronger team in the second half and, although the game was a little more end-to-end, there were still relatively few chances. Eventually though the home team asserted their dominance after a counter-attack saw two Barr Hill strikers clean through on goal, and one of them slotted home to re-take the lead.
The Hurricanes still didn't give up though and determined defending, particularly from Dillan Cardwell and Man of the Match Sean Cosgrove, stopped the Hearts from extending their lead and kept Beechfield in the game. Their hard work was rewarded when Jai Devani-White broke through and Daniel Robison fired home an equaliser with his fifteenth goal of the season.
This sparked Barr Hill back into action as the streamed forward, heaping more and more pressure on the Beechfield defence. Despite some good saves, brave blocks and determine defence, the Hearts eventually found a way through in the closing minutes as one of their star players fired home a rocket of a half-volley from the edge of the box, to give them a lead that their performance had probably deserved.
The Hurricanes still pushed for an equaliser as the =seconds ticked away but the referee's whistle meant that they were narrowly beaten against a strong Barr Hill team, who took revenge for their defeat by the same score earlier in the season.
After the game, manager Ben Robinson said "Great effort today, a great test for us, and each game we are improving. Unfortunately we've not played enough games. We've had too many games cancelled because of bad weather and been left out of weekend fixtures like last Saturday. It does frustrate me, especially after our impressive 4-1 win over Maccabi, as match fitness is important (especially when rebuilding a new team)".
"The game could've gone either way but we can't take anything away from Barr Hill Hearts, who are very good going forward. Don't let today's result over-shadow our performance though. Hopefully we can play week in, week out now, going into February and go on a good run until the end of the season. Well done Sean on Man of the Match, we go again next weekend".
The Hurricanes squad for the match was: Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Dillan Caldwell, Jamie Maher, Sean Cosgrove, Oliver Hall, Joshua Whitehead, Daniel Robinson, Matthew Elliott, Jaiesh Devani-White, Presley Smith, Alfie Latham.