Top of the table clash, Hurricanes vs Fleet
By Ahmed Gawhari
Hurricanes earn a 3-0 clean sheet victory against the league leaders, with no subs!
Hurricanes started the match with only 10 players which gave Fleet the advantage and they had most possession early on. However, their possession resulted in nothing as Hurricanes strongly defended and cleared out any danger. However, with counter attacks, Hurricanes had great chances; Fleet’s goalkeeper made an unbelievable save from close range. Having struggling with 10 players, Hurricanes gained confidence when the 11th player became ready after 10 minutes. We pushed forward and Fleet’s defence struggled to cope with Mudathir multiple times. However, Fleet were always a danger attacking and had great chances. The ball didn’t want to go out of our box and even after their shot was brilliantly saved by Bradley, it came back to their striker who shot but Hamed blocked it. Straight after, Fleet had a shot which became a cross and fell to Fleet’s striker in the box who hit the post. Fleet’s wingers were dangerous but Joel and Eman played great by keeping them out while Alfie and Adam both worked together to deny Fleet’s striker a goal.
Hurricanes started the second half well, Thomas Haroon Mudathir and Daejaun played well together in attack and had chances. Hurricanes knew that winning this match will put us in a good position for the title. (50:00) After good football, Mudathir passes the ball to Haroon, who receives the ball, runs forward but is fouled by Fleet inside the box. Penalty to Hurricanes! Haroon scored bottom left corner. Great penalty, Hurricanes 1-0 Fleet. Fleet responded well and immediately put Hurricanes under pressure. Attacking without stopping. The ball fell to Fleet’s attacker inside the box, who had a great chance to score, but Bradley made a brilliant save and denied Fleet the equaliser. Fleet attacked constantly, and from a corner, Fleet had a shot from the edge of the box which hit one of the Hurricanes’ players hand. Penalty to Fleet! Bradley dived the right way but the shot was high up and over the goal. Penalty missed!
(60:00) Mudathir receives the ball and goes past the Fleet player marking him, he then plays a great through ball to Thomas, who takes a touch and scores an amazing goal in the top right corner from the right wing. Brilliant goal which gives Hurricanes the 2-0 lead.
Fleet now attacked with more players, which left their defence open. Fleet’s right winger made a cross on the floor across the box, but no one got a touch on it. They put on pressure and we struggled to get out of our half as tiredness was an effect with all players playing the full match, until finally the ball was cleared out and we had a period in Fleet’s half. Daejaun made some great skills and left a Fleet player sitting down after a skillful turn!
(70:00) Zain receives the ball in the midfield and makes a great pass to Mudathir, who gets to the ball before the goalkeeper and scores bottom left corner. Hurricanes 3-0 Fleet. Fleet pressured to atleast score a consolation but Hurricanes’ defended strongly to finish the game and earned their 5th clean sheet of the season, the highest in the league.
Final score: Hurricanes 3-0 Fleet
Player of the match: Daejaun
He may have not scored, but he created chances and was always a danger in attack.
This was a great result, considering it wasn’t the full team, but every player played with passion and desire. To keep a clean sheet, against Fleet who have scored 42 goals in 13 matches, is a great achievement and there is alot of praise for the goalkeeper and defenders for this. All in all, Hurricanes took their chances and that made the difference. Keep going Hurricanes!