Whirlwinds Quickly Address Cup Exit Heartbreak
And so it began. The new league season 2014/15.
After a heartbreaking defeat to high flying Water Eaton the Whirlwinds boys looked to put that well behind them and commence league matters in confident style.
Kicking-off with a home game, the Aspley pitch looked immaculate – lines dressed properly, goals expertly set up. (Thanks to those who made it early and did such a cracking job – we’ve always tried to uphold high standards and this approach has raised the bar again. No pun intended!)
So, all set for the game and looking good.
From the first whistle the boys looked to knock it about with confidence and it wasn’t long before the passing and movement paid dividends. On 4 minutes a good firm pass from Nat put Jake into space and with a deft flick he put TC into a great position. A fearsome drive from TC beats a hapless keeper to open the scoring. 1-0.
Some good inter-play continued and more opportunities came and went. TC looking good on the stroke of 14 mins, but this time it is too easy for the visiting keeper and it remained 1-0.
Winslow were not going to roll over and started to get themselves into the game. A good quick break unleashing their striker, but good early hands from H keep matters in order. A quick release to Jamie, Andrew collects and pushes a beatiful ball through for Tom S but, alas it is just over the bar.
More good movement down the right and Owen’s pace is causing the away team left back all sorts of problems. Whirlwinds looking good, but you can’t help feeling they need that second goal just to settle a few nerves.
On 20 mins a couple of substitutions allow Andrew and Owen a much needed breather as Abbott and Sam enter the fray. An immediate impact from Abbott and Sam, closing down space and harrassing well. Abbott picks up the ball, pushes forward five yards and then a delightful through ball sees TC clear. A ‘one on one’ with the keeper….surely…NOOOOOOO! Keeper saves. TC won’t be happy with that one, but the Whirwind ‘Ronaldo’ will put that right don’t be fooled!
Corner on 23 mins. A beautifully floated cross in from Jake and it is TC again….OOOOOHHHHH! Just over the bar. What an effort that was. Whirwinds keep pressing but just can’t find the net and reach half-time 1-0 but from a footballing perspective dominating affairs.
Second half gets under way and after some sound words from Coach Williams the boys set about putting this game to bed. Another wonderful ball through from Shane and TC picks up, turns, drags the ball wide of the keeper and slots home a well earned goal. GET IN! 2-0. (Now he’s smiling – told you he’d score!!)
Whirwinds look a little more relaxed now, but still focussed. The passing and movement is very, very good and a defence that is being pulled all over the back leak again as Jake smashes home for his second. 3-0.
In their stride, Whirlwinds put together some tidy passages of play and it is only a matter of time before the pressure tells. Tom S this time through and a classy strike earns him a goal to take the Whirlwinds to 4-0.
Jake is now rested and Guy comes on causing problems for the visitors straight away. He chips over an absolutely delightful ball to his brother and Shane lets rip. OOOOOHHHH! So unlucky, but a great save from the keeper tips it over the bar. Unlucky lad!
Absolute credit to Winslow who did not give up in their efforts. Great communication between CJ and Conn keep the back solid. Only one more press from Winslow, but H ain’t going to have a clean sheet spoiled at this late stage and a great tip around the post does the job.
Whirwinds press again, but the final whistle finally comes and they run out deserved winners 4-0.
A good first win. Lots of positives on show today. Build on this performance and the lads are going to be a handful.
Well done to Abbott. MOM Award. Se well earned. Relentless in his efforts, strong on the tackle. Held the ball up well and put some very classy passes in.
So, bring on next Sunday. Our first league away game…at home(!) versus Hurricanes. Local derby. There has been lots of talk about it already in the local town, debates in pubs as to who will win the bragging rights. It’s a biggy. C’mon you Whirlwinds.