Batten’s extra-time goal sends Brixington Blues U9s in League Cup final [STEVE not sure this makes sense?

PUBLISHED: 10:19 27 April 2018

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Brixington Blues Under-9s staged a superb recovery to win their Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup semi-final against Dawlish 3-2, thanks to an extra-time goal from Harry Batten.

Blues seized early control of the contest and Josh Lawrence fired them into an early lead.

With Stortenbeker orchestrating things from the base of midfield, reading the game well, it allowed Josh Lawrence the freedom to run at the opposition’s defence. Harry Batten went close from a corner before the impressive Oliver Dawkins played a neat one-two with Lawrence before seeing his long-range shot well saved.

Despite the best defensive efforts of Stortenbeker and Frank Shelton, Dawlish, albeit with an element of good fortune, found an equaliser before the break.

At the start of the second half, Blues’ glovesman Evan Clark made a superb save to deny Dawlish, but there was nothing he could do to prevent a second from the South Devon side.

Ryan McCann was introduced to the Blues midfield and, after a terrific move that involved Lawrence, Dawkins and Tooby, a Batten cross was turned home by Tooby.

As the clock ticked down Blues increased the tempo of their game. However, a fifth goal was not forthcoming and the full-time whistle was blown leaving two sets of weary players to prepare for extra-time!

However, if there were any nerves in the Blues’ ranks, they certainly did not show!

The trademark long throws of young Dawkins caused problems as did the direct wing runs of Batten and, when play switched to the opposite end of the pitch, Frank Shelton ensured that Dawlish had no opportunities to score again.

It was from a goalmouth scramble that the winner was netted with Harry Batten in the right place at the right time to knock the ball home.

Thereafter, Blues closed the game out superbly to richly deserve their place in next month’s final.

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