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Hurricanes win President’s Cup with victory over Clerkenwell Old Boys

Simon Lawrence settles match with counter-attack goal

07 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

The Hurricanes triumphed on Hackney Marshes

IF the silverware showdown that took place between the Hurricanes and Clerkenwell Old Boys at the weekend is anything to go by, it promises to be a pulsating season in the Camden Sunday League.

In a topsy-turvy encounter, the Hurricanes blew up a gale as they beat their Islington rivals 4-2 at Hackney Marshes to win the President’s Cup. In a frantic opening 15 minutes, both teams were probing for opportunities but both just failed to find that killer final pass. That all changed when Casey O’Brien, who had the game of his life in midfield for the Hurricanes, made a lung-bursting run to score the opening goal after great work by Simon Lawrence.

Clerkenwell struck back in fortuitous fashion. Albert Cruise combined well with Ilyas Ismail, who whipped in a dangerous cross that the unfortunate Ben Bloom diverted into his own goal. The influential O’Brien continued to push Hurricanes forward, and it was his grit and determination that led to the third goal.

The dynamic midfielder unleashed a rasping 25-yard effort that beat the keeper, only to come back off the crossbar. The ball bounced down kindly for Ejike Onuchukwu, who tapped home from close range. With the wind in their sails, the Hurricanes increased their advantage when Lawrence burst into the box before squaring the ball to Jack Fletcher, who finished with aplomb to make it 3-1.

Gallant losers: the indefatigable Clerkenwell Old Boys whose fighting spirit made it a President’s Cup to remember

To their credit, Clerkenwell refused to give up and reduced the deficit when Dean Francis ghosted in to score. Suddenly the cup contest was anyone’s game again.

The next chance fell to Clerkenwell, with only the woodwork denying them an equaliser as Gary Chandler’s thunderous header smashed against the crossbar. With Paul Ferguson’s side searching for an equaliser, it was the Hurricanes who found the back of the net to finally put the game to rest. O’Brien won the ball in midfield and sparked a sweeping counter-attack, which was neatly finished off Lawrence.

League chairman Harry Yennaris said: “It was a great game to watch, a magnificent game played by both teams. Well played Hurricanes, while commiserations goes to Clerk­enwell. If this is what we have to look forward to this season, we are all in for a real treat.”

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