WHIRLWINDS FALL IN EPIC ELEVEN GOAL CUP THRILLER
After a summer full off new signings the U14 Whirwind squad look in great shape and after a comfortable pre-season friendly win they set about the first ‘competitive’ fixture of the season in the League Cup away at Water Eaton.
Water Eaton enjoyed a strong season in Division One last time out and also showed their strength at numerous summer tournamants, so this was always going to be a stern test.
The boys looked very at ease as the game started and it couldn’t get much better for the Division Two flag bearers when a strong drive into the opposition box from the mighty Cerrone earned them the first spoils of the game after just 1 minute and 40 seconds!
With Water Eaton clearly shocked, the boys pressed on and the pace and power of Iyanu collected another after just 3 minutes. Well this was good and confidence held strong as they fizzed the ball about and continued to look for a third, and what may have been a killer goal.
But it wasn’t going to be so easy. A very unfortunate penalty was conceded and despite a strong hand from H we were now 2-1 and Water Eaton looked to push on.
And that they did. On 29 minutes, the very quick Water Eaton attack unlocked the Whirwinds defence and slammed in a mighty shot past H. 2-2
In seasons gone by we may have seen the Whirlwinds wobble a bit now, but not today. Re-foccused and doubling their efforts Iyanu was put into acres of space and he hammered home past the stranded Water Eaton keeper to retake the lead. 3-2 Whirlwinds, 30 minutes played!
End to end stuff now with both teams looking hungry. Some finely timed tackles from Jamie, strong clearnaces from Conn and Shane, Sam looking to close the middle, good closing down from Bruce and Andrew covering every blade of grass kept the team together for a period. But eventually it was the home side that forced the advantage with two quick strikes in succession and giving them a 4-3 lead going into the break.
With a few niggly injuries attended to – Conn hip & H groin – the lads re-grouped and set to put matters right. Straight from kick-off they pushed the ball around and forced the game, quicky reaping the reward with a handsome double from Iyanu. His pace and desire causing huge problems for the home team.
Indeed his pace continued to be a massive threat and Whirlwinds saw two clear cut penalties not given which would have put this game away for them and in the draw for the second round. But it wasn’t to be. A couple of well taken goals from Water Eaton saw them go through, winners on the day 6-5. Well done to Water Eaton and good luck in the rest of the competition.
The Whirlwinds boys should not be down-hearted at all about this. Dissapointed yes, but nothing more. They showed great ability, desire and grit. If they build on this then there are a few teams in the league who will be very worried. Build on this and a great season lies ahead.
MOM – Andrew. Committed, won every 50-50 he went for, never missed a key header and played some lovely passes through. WELL DONE Andrew – most deserved.