Five-star display from the Brixington Blues
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Brixington Blues U13s continued their fine end to the season with a comprehensive 5-1 win over a physical Panthers team.
Brixington applied early pressure with Isaac Wykes winning a dangerous free kick and Ned O’Mahoney shooting just over. Harry Batten then opened the scoring, running on to a loose ball to poke home for 1-0.
Will Palfrey broke down the left-hand channel causing the Panthers defence all sort of problems. Ryan McCann was able to win the loose ball and played a cute pass to O’Mahoney, who curled a lovely effort over the ‘keeper for 2-0 on 20 minutes
The Blues were resolute at the back, with ‘keeper Evan Clark making a great save from a Panthers free-kick, while Thomas Brooking demonstrated intelligence in his play and was keeping a high line to prevent danger.
Josh Tompkinson was a menace throughout midfield and created another chance for O’Mahoney, whose shot flew agonisingly wide. Taylor Westaway was on for the second half and had an exceptional game on the wing, linking up with Sonny Rowsell up front to leave the Panthers chasing shadows.
Frank Shelton and Harper Phillips didn’t put a foot wrong at the back and were able to turn defence into attack with great passes throughout the game. Whilst Tate Ferreday, on between the sticks for the second half, was composed as ever.
Blues pressure resulted in a penalty that O’Mahoney stepped up to convert and Brixington made in 4-0 moments later, when Batten played in Westaway with a lovely pass to find the ball returned where he put in a pinpoint accurate cross for Harry Tooby to score.
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The Panthers pulled a consolation goal back for 4-1 but the Blues extended their lead again when Josh Tompkinson put in a great slide tackle to win the ball and find Ryan McCann, he put in a beautiful cross for Batten to nudge it in at the back post.
Ben Vines thought he’d made it six after having the ball cut back to him but it was ruled out. A great win from the Blues to take into their last game on the season.