Exe youngsters battle elements before cup heartbreak.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

THE EXE Under-16s put in an excellent shift in the EH Plate Competition before going down 4-2 to Isca, writes Philippa Rees.

THE EXE Under-16s put in an excellent shift in the EH Plate Competition before going down 4-2 to Isca, writes Philippa Rees.

The game, played at Exeter University, was contested in heavy rain but Exe started brightly and applied the early pressure. Their enterprising approach to the opening exchanges was rewarded when Laura Allen put a ball through to Becky Barnett, who calmly slotted the ball into the goal.

A period of end to end play followed during which Isca netted an equaliser.

Exe were undaunted by this and finished the first half strongly with the thirteen-year-old, Amera Shankla, scoring to take the home side into the break with a 2-1 advantage.

The half-time period became something of a battle to keep the players warm as the rain continued to teem down and it was no surprise that it took the young Exe side a while to settle back into the contest. With puddles forming across the pitch simply playing anything like a normal passing game become more and more difficult and it was purely the greater strength of the visitors that saw them level things up six minutes into the second half.

Although Exe continued to battle, the girls were tiring and unfortunately Isca scored two further goals in quick succession to seal a 4-2 victory.

Such is the age range in the Exe side that with one exception, will all be available stil, within this age group for next season. The team worked very hard and indeed supported each other very well throughout. Collective and hearty thanks must go to Coach Eileen Mander and the loyal supporters who cheered on the team in such miserable weather conditions!

Exe squad: Laura Allen, Molly Coleman, Molly Jacobs, Alice Shoulder, Becky Barnett, Claire Harvey, Ellie Stroud, Daisy Keen, Amera Shankla, Rosie Barrett, Poppy Woods, Becky Matthews and Josie Bannister]

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