PUBLISHED: 15:14 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH Amateurs under-14 girls booked their place in the last four of the Devon County Cup with a comprehensive 6-0 win over LFC Sparta. After a lengthy spell of inactivity, neither side had managed to play a game in the previous six weeks
EXMOUTH Amateurs under-14 girls booked their place in the last four of the Devon County Cup with a comprehensive 6-0 win over LFC Sparta.After a lengthy spell of inactivity, neither side had managed to play a game in the previous six weeks, simply getting onto the pitch was something of a novelty.The lack of games showed in the early exchanges as both sides looked to settle into the contest.Ammies were the dominant force in the early exchanges but found the Sparta defence well organized and difficult to break down. Sammy Griffiths and Hayley Worsley were both prominent on either flank but, as much progress as the wingers were able to make there was no end product available to strike duo Holly Burdick and Marika Ghiglia, owing to that resiliant Sparta defending.Behind the hard working front two, Leah Rawlings and Laura Allen were both industrious and inventive and the break- though finally came in the 20th minute.Allen, showing great composure, found Griffiths, who took the ball on a few yards before unleashing a fierce drive into the net to give Ammies a deserved lead.A second goal duly arrived before the break with Allen once again the provider of an intelligent delivery and Burdick was on hand to apply a polished finish to send Ammies into a well earned break with a two goal advantage.After the re-start Sparta had a real go at getting back into the contest but found the home defence too hard a nut to crack.Once again Jessie Dunn and Natalie Volpini showed their tremendous defensive qualities, cutting out any opportunities to threaten Katie Burnett in the Ammies goal.Skipper Rawlings was the inspiration behind her side's third, and, effectively, match sealing goal.First the captain received a neat pass from Dunn and then she beat a player before driving the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.Rawlings then made it 4-0 following a neat passing move that involved Worsley and Allen and the 5th soon followed when Wills finished off a smart move that had started deep in Ammies' territory.The 6th and final goal came after Volpini set the ball up from a corner for Burdick to bury into the back of the Sparta net to seal a comprehensive, hard earned, victory.The win, whilst richly deserved, was not as comfortable as the score line suggest but it does send the Ammies into a semi final this coming weekend when Crediton stand between them and a place in the County Final.