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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Round 1 - Under 11 Hurricanes vs Nambucca

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Northern Storm Team Under 11 Hurricanes
Date & Venue 2 April, York st
Opposition Nambucca Strikers
Coach / Manager Eric
Player of the Match (optional) Tahliya Sambrook, (Followed closely by Fletcher Knight)
Score (but who's counting!) 2-0
Match Report:

 

The under 11 hurricanes got off to a great start in the under 11's South league with a victory over the Nambucca strikers. The game finished with a 2 goal margin but could have been far more if it were not for the heroics of the Nambucca goalkeeper who staked a fine claim for man of the Match. With a skeleton squad the Hurricanes had to draw on the under 10's to make up numbers but nobody was disappointed in what came into the team.

 

Having the core of their team depleted to fill a new under 12's team, the kids who remained stuck to their guns and made damn sure that nobody was missed. Led by the impenetrable Tahliya Sambrook and aided in an accomplished display of ferocious tackling by the monstrous efforts of Fletcher Knight this storm team was not conceding a goal today. The game was end to end for the first 10 minutes with no sign of a goal from either team. Mark McCarthy, Tahliya Sambrook, Jake Kilo and Jazz Porter stung the palms, chest, legs and face of the Nambucca keeper but he thwarted each and every one of them.

 

It wasn't until a fine tackle from Milla Black who was under enormous pressure behind the break enabled her to play a fine ball down the line to Charlie McCarthy who dummied the Nambucca defender with a sly step over inwards which enabled him to lay off a pass to Sambrook who in turn faked a shot and rolled a peach of a pass to Knox Porter who bulged the back of the top left corner with a cracker of an effort.

 

With half time approaching the backs were to the wall, Black, Knight and Kilo were like 3 brick walls and held off the Nambucca onslaught enabling the storm to go into the break with their lead in tact. The 30' heat, and without sub on the bench meant a few tactical changes needed to be made, Knox Porter made the switch to the back, Charlie McCarthy took the gloves off the rock who is Breah Fischer and Jazz Porter took the line in the centre forward position.

 

The storm were by far the better team second half with some incredible chances going astray, Fischer who had come into the centre of the field can count herself very unlucky to have missed placing her name on the score sheet with some cracking efforts that were either denied by the inspired Nambucca keeper or by narrowly missing the target. It was all storm but they couldn't beat the keeper, again McCarthy from the under 10's couldn't follow up on his 5 goals against the lions an hour earlier, Jake Kilo came within a hares breath on 2 occasions and Jazz Porter put 2 narrowly wide.

 

The storms only worry was being caught on the break and it nearly happened with 10 minutes remaining when their striker let rip a screamer which was destined for the top corner only for McCarthy in goals to parry it around for a corner.

 

The corner came in and fell to Sambrook, she broke, dropped a shoulder, around one, ... Went left, went right, around two.. Played a short pass to McCarthy who nutmegged one and rolled the ball back to her where she let fly to the top corner. A goal befitting of any man of the match. Over all a fantastic performance from a team who started the game with a hint of doubt, some incredible debuts from Knight, Black and Kilo, and a display of passing that would befit any team in the club.

 

 

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