Osbourne hat-trick is in losing cuase for Honiton Harriers Under-9s

PUBLISHED: 21:05 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:05 06 November 2013

Heavitree Bulls 5, Honiton Harriers 3

Honiton Harriers Under-9s were unlucky not to take something from the game as they put plenty into it.

Harriers took the game to a strong home side with some fine pass-and-move play from Mason Doble and Tyler Pendrick.

Harry Smith played a key role, sitting deeper in midfield breaking up the opposition play.

The deadlock was broken when Harriers keeper Jack Cowley cleared the ball up field and Liam Osborne beat the keeper to stab the ball home. Soon it was two when Osborne chased another long ball which the keeper kicked against him and the ball flew back past the glovesman into the net!

Unfortunately for the Harriers the game changed when young Cowley was injured and had to leave the pitch which meant Harriers had to play the remainder of the game a man short as they only had a bare side on duty. Heavitree took advantage and halved the deficit just before the break. They levelled early in the second half and then claimed a 3-2 lead. Harriers dug deep and scored the goal of the day to equalise! When the Heavitree keeper cleared to the half-way line the ball fell to young Osbourne who controlled it and then struck a sweet shot that saw the ball rifle past the glovesman and into the net! Alas, Harriers were unable to hang on for a share of the spoils as the Exeter side struck two late goals.

Harry Smith was named Man of the Match for what had been his finest display yet for the club.

Harrier’s boss Gary Osborne said: “I am over the moon with this display. The passing was excellent and the team work magnificent. Watching play like this makes underlines the reason why I love working with youth players. I am so proud of them all as they are all wiling learners and if they keep developing then they can become very good footballers indeed.”

Read a report on Harriers’ 1-0 win over Heavitree Bulls at www.midweekherald.co.uk

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