Brix United Under 14 Cup Win

PUBLISHED: 16:42 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 June 2010

BRIXINGTON United made progress in the Juventus League Under-14 KO Cup with a 3-2 home victory over Alphington.

BRIXINGTON United made progress in the Juventus League Under-14 KO Cup with a 3-2 home victory over Alphington.

The contest exploded into life after eight minutes when George Jarman, back in goal following illness, pulled off an incredible double save as the defenders around him dithered.

Eventually, the ball was cleared and, in the blink of an eye, Jack Howarth was clear on goal, rifling a fine shot into the roof of the net. Five minutes later, Howarth again broke clear and United were two up and cruising.

The boys started to pass the ball well and created a number of good chances. A fine flowing, passing move saw Jack Tullett force the Alphington keeper into a smart save, pushing the ball onto a post, but the half drew to close with both United's full backs having to be substituted through injury.

These enforced changes unsettled the home side during the second half and Alphington dominated possession and after ten minutes scored a good goal. United still created the better chances and, when Tullett was clearly upended in the box, Will Price made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Tullett played superbly in the second half and was left to rue his luck as he again powered past the away defence, shooting low to see the keeper not only save his first shot, but also his follow up. Alphington scored with three minutes to go to make for a slightly nervous finish but United held firm to set up a second round tie with Buckland Athletic.

Coach Simon Manning said: "The boys played well in the first half, but found the going much tougher during the second. Alphington should take credit for upping their game, but also my lads showed a great fighting spirit in the face of a number of injuries to win the match.

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