Tattenhoe Youth Pumas
KEEPING IT INTERESTING !
The Hurricanes returned to Cup football, but not quite as we anticipated. A request from the opposition to drop to 8-a-side was then followed by a further drop to 7-a-side as we arrived at Tattenhoe. Without the Pumas having the required number of players, we reluctantly agreed to play the 7-a-side format on a 9-a-side pitch. The first half saw a very controlled and competent display from the boys. Very much in command in every way, the only surprise was that we were not further ahead. With traffic ‘so one-way’, the Manager decided to ring the changes after the break in order to give equal play time to our much larger squad. Unfortunately, inexperience at the back, a thirst for goals from everyone, and a spirited comeback from our opponents meant they drew level. Even so, we had plenty of opportunities to settle it, and but for some excellent work by the Puma’s keeper, that would have been the case.
Sadly, we did not bury those chances, and a dramatic penalty shoot out ensued. Thankfully the boys hit the back of the net with all five penalties, whilst Tattenhoe missed one.
So we’re through to the quarter finals next weekend. Plenty of lessons to be learnt, especially for the Manager !
Well done all, and thanks for the excellent support.