Brixington Blues U12s triumph in top-of-the-table clash
PUBLISHED: 09:13 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 11 April 2018
Brixington Blues Under-12s had their first experience of the 3G artificial pitch that is home to South West Peninsula League Eastern Division side Exwick Villa, and they enjoyed the experience as they defeated Alphington 4-2 in an Exeter Youth League top-of-the-table clash.
Blues made a confident start and created the first chance as Callum Smith worked his way through to the edge of the area. A deflection off a defender saw his effort loop into the net clear of the keeper to give Blues an early lead.
Blues were clearly enjoying the surface, stroking the ball around masterfully – akin to a two-touch training game!
They held possession well and forced a corner when Harry Williams chased down a back pass and pressurised the defence into error. Jack McBryan delivered right into the danger zone from the corner and Smith was on hand, attacking the back post to head in for his brace.
Blues stretched the lead to three with a wonderful McBryan free-kick, taken from well outside the area. His left foot curler placed perfectly into the top left corner was well out of reach of the keeper, and a contender for goal of the season!
Late in the half, Williams again picked up the ball inside the edge of area. Although surrounded by defenders, he managed to turn, dig the ball out from under his feet and drive home a low and hard shot beating the keeper to the left to finish a wonderful goal. Just before the break Alphington got a goal back and Blues trooped off at the interval with a 4-1 lead.
The second half saw Alphington put more pressure on Blues and create a few more chances. A corner to Alphington played into the middle was unfortunate to strike Bobby Pond on the hand, conceding a penalty. The Alphington player drilled down the middle to bring it back to 4-2.
Several other good chances fell to Alphington, but Ben Jeffery, playing in the Blues goal for the second half, was equal to all of them, making several fine saves to keep the advantage with Blues. The final action of the game saw Jeffery making another brave save, colliding with the attacker as he cleared the ball and picking up a knock to the face and a bleeding nose for his commitment!
Glovesman Jeffery was a most deserving recipient of the Man of the Match award for his outstanding – and brave – second half shift in the Blues’ goal.
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