Exeter City Women champions of Devon

Goal celebrations for Esme Kilburn-Thompson of Exeter City Women during the Friendly Match between

Goal celebrations for Esme Kilburn-Thompson of Exeter City Women during the Friendly Match between Exeter City Women and Cardiff City Ladies at Speed Meadow on 16 May, 2021 in Cullompton, England (Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK) - Credit: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Exeter City Women have won the Devon Cup after defeating old rivals Plymouth Argyle 2-1 in the final at Coach Road in Newton Abbot. 
The Grecians produced an outstanding first-half display in hot conditions and they took the lead when a corner from Zoe Watkins was only partially cleared by the Argyle defence, with Esme Kilburn-Thompson volley home a superb opener. 
It is the same combination that brought a second moments later, as delightful skill from Watkins created room for Kilburn-Thompson to convert from close range. 
Mollie Taylor very nearly sealed the win two minutes before half-time but a change in shape gave Argyle renewed impetus after the break. 
Seeking their first Devon Cup in six years, City did continue to create chances but were given a very nervous ending when Beth Ireland scored in stoppage time for the Pilgrims. 
This day, however, belonged to Exeter City Women. 

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