Young Gunners

PUBLISHED: 16:38 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

THE horror injury suffered by Arsenal striker Eduardo took the gloss off the chance of playing at a Premier League ground for an under-nines team. The Croatian striker suffered a double compound fracture to his left leg after a sickening tackle by Birming

THE horror injury suffered by Arsenal striker Eduardo took the gloss off the chance of playing at a Premier League ground for an under-nines team.

The Croatian striker suffered a double compound fracture to his left leg after a sickening tackle by Birmingham defender Martin Taylor at the start of Saturday's clash.

The injury and subsequent eight-minute delay while he received treatment left players and fans visibly shocked.

But Cuffley Torndaoes did their best to lift the mood during the half-time interval.

The team were representing the Junior Gunners in a mini-match against their Birmingham counterparts.

Manager Dave Watson said he tried not to let the incident affect his lads.

He said: "It was a horrendous tackle. I just hope it didn't put the kids off too much.

"But it was very exciting for them to get on the pitch, so that helped."

The Tornadoes got the chance to play after one of their players, Robbie Pattison, won a competition.

Keeper Declan McKenna made several key saves, while Harry Lee slotted home the only strike in a 1-0 victory.

Robbie, who is eight, said: "It was really good winning the competition, I couldn't believe it.

"The best part of it all was going on the pitch. I wanted to win for Eduardo, it was such a bad tackle.

"It was a good goal and I felt proud of my team. It was one of our best wins."

* There are pictures from the match in this week's WHT.

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