Cooper's double scuppers Chelston
PUBLISHED: 10:27 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010
Exmouth Amateurs U13 Girls 2, Chelston 1: mouth finally edged a hard- fought game against a good Chelston side, although with more clinical finishing they could have put the game beyond the Torquay team s reach earlier than they did.
Exmouth Amateurs U13 Girls 2, Chelston 1: mouth finally edged a hard- fought game against a good Chelston side, although with more clinical finishing they could have put the game beyond the Torquay team's reach earlier than they did.
Exmouth started the brighter of the two sides and created a couple of early chances. one of which hit the post from Leah Rawlings.
Both teams like to get the ball down and play football and some of the passing from both sides was excellent.
Chelston took the lead midway through the first half when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and this was drilled home with a stunning strike.
Exmouth still had chances to equalise before the break, but Laura Allen and Hayley Worsley failed to take their opportunities.
After the break a tactical switch saw Emma Cooper move up front, allowing Worsley to drop into a more familiar midfield role due to the injury of Lara Spires.
This allowed the midfield trio of Allen, Worsley and Rawlings to dominate the game, and Cooper's pace unsettled the Chelston defence.
Cooper finally pulled Exmouth level when she connected with Worsley's cross to volley home from close range.
Cooper nearly put Exmouth in front when she skimmed the crossbar with a terrific drive from outside the box.
This didn't deter Cooper as she added her second and Exmouth's winning goal by rifling home after Chelston had failed to clear a corner.
Exmouth saw out the rest of the game by keeping better possession of the football.
Jessie Dunn and Natalie Volpini were strong and solid at the back, protecting keeper Katie Burnett from too many shots.
Exmouth Amateurs U12 Girls 1, Kingskerswell 3
Cup Semi-Final, first leg
Exmouth went into this match hoping to take a lead into the second leg being played in two weeks.
Exmouth pressed forward straight from the off and were very unlucky not to score.
They constantly put the Kingskerswell defence under pressure, with good efforts from Charlotte Alford, Manfy Sharpe and Emily Steer.
Against the run of play, the visitors took the lead just before half time.
After the break Exmouth pushed forward, but a breakaway attack saw Kingskerswell double their lead.
The Exmouth girls showed great grit and determination, with the home support getting behind them.
Kingskerswell started to take the game to Exmouth, but were kept at bay with some fine saves from Beth Jones.
In defence Lauren Tucker was superb, easily the best player on the park. She was helped also by Merle Spey.
Midway through the second half Exmouth pulled a goal back when Steer drilled a shot into the top corner.
Sadly, Exmouth could not turn their many chances into goals and Kingskerswell wrapped up the win just before full time.
This was a dissapointing result, but the girls should be very proud of the way they played, in what was a very good game of football.