POSTED: February 27 2022 12:40:25. By Phil Hesketh
- It ain’t over ‘til it’s over
Typhoon 4 - 4 Ladybridge Eagles
It was Typhoon’s first game in 4 weeks and due to holidays we could only field 11 players, so it was a bit of a disaster when Freddie went over on his ankle in the first minutes and had to come off. The defence was already a little makeshift in Cole, Ryan O, Reece & Daniel but now its protection was removed. Having said that, although Ladybridge were dominating possession with their extra man they weren’t carving out too many chances. In fact it took a tremendous finish for them to open the scoring. We were far from toothless, Jamie, playing in midfield alongside Sonny, and Reece put over some great balls for Will to run on to. Unfortunately we were hit on the break after one of them and, though it might have been just offside, it still counted. Pete and I were exhorting the boys to keep their heads up and keep running and crucially it bore fruit seconds before the interval. Will ran down their keeper, blocked his kick and scored into the empty net.
The goal helped the team’s belief and heads didn’t go down even after Ladybridge broke from one of our corners to score and regain their two goal advantage. Typhoon were starting to look a little leggy, a lack of games recently certainly affecting them, but they were starting to play more football and creating chances. Joseph smashed in a shot to keep us in it. Ladybridge scored again and things looked bleak. However, with about 10 minutes to go Freddie felt fit enough to try and get back on the pitch. Without their man advantage Ladybridge started to struggle and it was they who were looking really tired. We returned to the football we know we can play and there was hope when Ronan scored to bring it back to 4-3. Ryan O moved further up and we threw the kitchen sink at them. Sonny received the ball in the box and he astonishingly calmly stroked in the equaliser. There was still time for one last attack and we almost snatched it at the death, Daniel beating his marker in the air but putting his header over the bar.
This was an excellent team performance against the odds. Peter couldn’t be faulted for any of their goals and made some good saves, especially in the first half. The defence worked hard including Joseph who had to move to left back but then used his stamina to get up and down the pitch as the game wore on. On the other side Cole had a great tussle with his winger but also got forward to put in shots and crosses. Their manager couldn’t believe Will’s pace, his centre half hadn’t been beaten all season until Will ran him ragged over and over again. I was really proud of all of them.