Henley Hurricanes U9s gave an assured team performance against Wargrave Wolves at Jubilee Park last Saturday in their first cup match of the season.
Both teams started brightly, in contrast to the weather, and looked to establish the initial advantage. However, it was the Hurricanes who took an early lead through Will Lindsay. The early lead gave the Hurricanes confidence and the strikers and midfield combined well, yielding goals for Oscar Robinson, Will Goulden and Jack Callaway.
The second quarter produced some contrasting football, with both teams attacking and defending vigorously. The Hurricanes were passing the ball confidently, notably through Will Lindsay on the left wing. Their defending was secure, with the midfielders tracking back to support goalkeeper Shiva Vadhoolan and man of the match Dominic Ellis.
The third quarter of the match was played out in a similar fashion to the second, with neither team wanting to yield to the other. This was the strongest period of play from the Wolves and another day they might have had one or more goals.
The final quarter saw some substitutions, and the fresh impetus lead to more goals for the Hurricanes. Once the new combination had settled, there was a goal for Luca Currie, a brace for Nicholas Hernandez St Clair and Shiva Vadhoolan achieved the unusual feat of being in goal and scoring in the same game. The Wolves remained hungry on the break, forcing a fine save from substitute goalkeeper Jake Thatcher to a dangerous looping ball.
The next match in the cup competition sees the Hurricanes on the road, away at Ascot.