Blues Under-13s see off Alphas in superb contest
PUBLISHED: 21:50 17 February 2018 | UPDATED: 21:50 17 February 2018
Brixington Blues Under-13s were 3-0 winners when they met Alphington in an Exeter and District Youth League fixture.
Both teams went into the game knowing that they would play again 24 hours later in their respective Devon County Cup quarter-final ties.
Blues made a bright start and took the game to the Alphas who did look to get on the front foot themselves, but got little change out of a Blues back line held together superbly by skipper Jake Haggerty and Finn Glanfield.
Blues goalkeeper Riss Breacy made a series of fine saves to deny the Exeter side before Joel Knott won possession, found Ethan Beverley and he passed to Jack Drew-Cull who showed quick feet to beat an opposing player before squaring to Ethan Beverley was crowded out by the visitors defence.
The next raid involved Ben Geare and Zac Brown before Haydon Simpson played Beverley in, but the Alphas glovesman came out on top in a one-on-one.
Harrison Fox was next to go close before J Jonty Wright started a move that also involved Drew-Cull prior to Zac Brown heading Blues into the lead.
The game stayed with the one goal scored until after the break when Jayden Marles was introduced from the Blues bench and he made an instant impact with his pace causing the Alphas plenty of problems.
The lead was doubled when a Drew-Cull corner was headed home at the far post by Beverley.
Alphington looked to find a way back into the game, but the a combination of the defensive efforts of skipper Haggerty, Knott and Wright, kept them at arms length before Geare found Cull-Drew ands when he played in Beverley the youngster drew the keeper before rolling the ball beyond him and into the net to complete the scoring.
Harrison Fox, who had been tasked with a specific role, one he carried out with flying colours, was named the Blues Man of the Match award winner.
Blues boss Dave Haggerty said: “I am very proud of the lads and the way they approached this game against a very good Alphington side.”
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