Karakusevic nets as Exe IV are narrowly beaten

PUBLISHED: 10:13 29 March 2018

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Exe IVs lost by the narrowest of margins when they went down 3-2 to Ashmoor.

What was most impressive about how close Exe came to bagging a result was that they trailed 2-0 at half-time before mounting a second-half fightback to draw level – only to ship a late third.

The first Exe reply came from a great strike from Anna Karakusevic at the top of the D on a penalty corner.

It was in unfortunate circumstances that the game was lost when an unintentional infringement in the circle by Exe gave Ashmoor the lead with a converted penalty flick, denying Exe much-needed and valuable points.

Exe V were also narrowly beaten, going down 2-1 to Dart III.

Exe began confidently and took an early lead with a fleet footed counter-attack free hit.

They carried that lead into the half-time break, during which time the coaches reminded them not to be complacent!

Dart began the second half with greater purpose to their game and they levelled when a cross from the left wing into the circle was slipped past the keeper by the keen centre forward with one touch.

Soon after, a clearance by the keeper inadvertently struck the Exe defender’s foot, which rebounded towards a Dart wing, who slipped it wide into the net.

Throughout the game, Exe had numerous opportunities to lead the game, but it wasn’t to be their day and the Dart goalkeeper made a number of desperate saves, while there were some last-gasp goal line clearances as time ran out on Exe, consigning them to the narrowest of defeats.

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