On Saturday Cougars Under8s Blues invited Bedwell Rangers to The Bury and demonstrated what they are capable of. Regular watchers of the Blues will have known that a performance like this was coming as the team were awesome. Craig Ivison’s side were out of the traps fast, giving Bedwell no time to settle and with accurate passing and intelligent positional play the goals soon came.

The first was from a Tom Flanagan cross with Ronnie Hennessey converting from close range. Shortly afterwards Hennessey reciprocated with a neat pass for Flanagan to finish. The move of the game though came from a first half corner. It was like watching Brazil as a series of first time passes moved the ball from Sebbie Ivison to Flanagan to Thomas Deane and on to Hennessey – every outfield player involved and such a shame the shot whistled just wide. The blues weren’t to be denied for long though with Flanagan adding another. Oliver Tallis in goal for the first half kept a clean sheet and had the honour of being able to sit back and enjoy his teammates playing and scoring.

The second half was even better. Ivison managed to bag a hat-trick inside 5 minutes. The first with a cool left-footed shot, the second saw him get on the end of a 30 yard controlled through ball from Charlie Wicks to slot home and his third powered high into the net. Ivison was then on assist duties as he received a pass from Flanagan, set off down the wing before squaring back to Flanagan who finished well for his hat-trick. It was Deane’s turn to be in goal for the second half and he was alert enough to come out of goal on several occasions to ward off Bedwell attacks ensuring the Blues goal was unthreatened. Right before full time Charlie Wicks got on the scoresheet, just reward for peppering the Bedwell goal with shots throughout the game.

With a game like that it is never easy to select a man of the match but it went to Ronnie Hennessey for a goal, an assist and great all round performance.


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