Blues win nine-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 18:32 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010

Brixington Blues 5, Buckland Ath 4 Exeter Friendly League U12 Cup: Brixington ran out winners in a nine- goal, end-to-end thriller to secure their place in the final of the Friendly League Cup.

Brixington Blues 5, Buckland Ath 4 Exeter Friendly League U12 Cup: Brixington ran out winners in a nine- goal, end-to-end thriller to secure their place in the final of the Friendly League Cup.

The two teams were evenly matched in the quality of their skills and in sheer effort and determination.

This produced a game that had everything: delightful one-touch passing at pace, fine finishing, superbly timed tackles, excellent goalkeeping, a battling performance from both sides and even a hint of controversy at the final whistle.

Laying to rest the ghost of losing to Buckland in the opening league game of the season, the Blues bounced back from going a goal down to equalise through Josh Wadham after 10 minutes.

Connor Gilby then made an excellent save to deny Buckland before Wadham sprinted in to round the keeper and tuck away his second.

Just before half-time, Jordan Clapp held the ball at the edge of the box before confidently releasing a delightful pass to Seb Jones, who steamed through to thump home the Blues' third.

At 3-1 this game was far from over. As in the first half, Buckland caught the Blues cold, with an early score to cut the deficit back to a single goal.

Buckland now dominated the midfield, recycling well and an equaliser looked imminent.

Against the run of play the Blues finally broke out. Aarron Denny and Tim Dunn combined well on the left, culminating in a neat one-two, allowing Denny the freedom to shoot into the opposite corner.

Two goals up again, the Blues now looked in control. Not so. Within minutes of the restart a deflected shot defeated an already committed Gilby.

The Blues absorbed more Buckland pressure before Clapp, on a loping run, unexpectedly hit an opportunistic strike from distance to make it five, once again re-establishing the two-goal cushion.

Buckland came back - Gilby saving well - but as the ball was recycled a low, hard drive brought the deficit back to a single goal again.

Right up to the final whistle, Buckland continued to press for an equaliser. Blues held on.

At the close of play, a Buckland corner was headed home, but this was after the final whistle had gone so the goal didn't count.

The Blues now go on to meet either Lympstone or Westexe Athletic in the final of the cup competition.

Achieving the league and cup double is now a tangible possibility.

Squad: Jordan Bennington, Ryan Bunn, Jordan Clapp, Aarron Denny, Liam Dickinson, Tyler Dobinson, Tim Dunn, Harry Douglas, Thomas Evans, Connor Gilby, Jack Gilhooly, Sebastian Jones, Jason Pope, Jacob Tinsley, Peter Wright, Josh Wadham.

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