Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Regan’s safe hands help Hawks secure trophy

AFC HENLEY saw three of their U9 teams take part in the Woodley Saints annual six-a-side

AFC HENLEY saw three of their U9 teams take part in the Woodley Saints annual six-a-side tournament at Sonning last weekend with the U9 Hawks winning the C league plate competition and the U9 Hurricanes finishing runners-up in the A league cup.

The U9 Hawks got off to a slow start and having been narrowly beaten in two of their earlier league games found themselves drawn against Pinewood Panthers in the plate quarter-final.

Following a tight 0-0 draw Henley won the ensuing penalty shoot-out thanks to goals from Thomas Mennie, Alex Dunn and Eddie Davie.

There was another 0-0 draw in the semi-finals although it was Tom Phillips’ goalkeeping, saving one of the Reeves Rangers penalties, that saw Henley through to the final against Widbrook Hurricanes.

In the final good saves from Oliver Regan kept the Hawks in the game. Henley had chances to score from Dunn, Davie and Tom Gahan-Munro but neither side could find the net so once again a penalty shoot-out beckoned. With the scores at 2-2 after three penalties thanks to a fine save from Regan both Damian Fannan and Tom Phillips scored leaving Regan to save the final Widbrook penalty to ensure Henley won the plate competition.

AFC Henley Hurricanes finished runners-up in the A team cup competition. Having won their round-robin league conference the Hurricanes beat semi-final opponents Holmer Green 1-0 to take them into the final where they faced Marlow Town.

In a closely fought game that ended scoreless the game went to penalties and a fine save from the Marlow keeper saw Henley finish runners-up after losing the shoot-out 3-2.

AFC Henley Hotspurs played in the B league tournament and having finished third in their league went into a quarter-final against Eversley and California Panthers. After a 0-0 draw Henley were unfortunate to lose the penalty shoot-out 3-2.

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