Headline Blues Under-12s tame Panthers in close encounter
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 18 February 2018
Brixington Blues Under-12s ran out 2-1 winners in an entertaining game at the Bettysmead home of Exeter Panthers.
Given it was then first outing for both teams for a number of weeks, the start of then contest saw some young footballers clearly very pleased to be back in action!
Despite a heavy – and wet – surface, Blues moved the ball around well, but it was not alone-way and Panthers gave as good as they got and certainly carried a threat on the break.
The deadlock was broken when, midway through the first half, when, after a neat passing sequence then ball arrived at the feet of Ethan Hawes who threaded a perfectly weighted pass through the Panthers defence for Luke Ewing to run onto and tuck past the out-rushing home glovesman.
Panthers hit back, but found in, Blues goalkeeper Ben Jeffery, and a back three of Bradley Higham, Fin Macdonald and Bradley Cameron, a well organised and disciplined defensive unit.
With Blues’ midfield of Ewing, Callum Smith, Cameron Horne and Thomas Dean all working hard behind lively lone striker Hawes, the visiting team held their lead through to the half-time interval in some comfort.
Changes were made at the start of the second half with Bobby Pond, Ethan Edwards, Harry Williams and Luca Brind all introduced and this gave renewed impetus to Blues and they fashioned a number of chances before Thomas Dean applied a cool finish to a team move to double the lead.
As the game drew to a close Panthers pulled a goal back and there was nothing Blues glovesman Jeffery could do about it.
Thereafter Blues closed the game out well to seal a deserved victory against a good home side.
There were good performances right throughout the Blues team, but the Player of the Week honours went to Luke Ewing for his tireless running, strong tackling and cool finish for his goal. Keeper Ben Jeffery also deserves a special mention for what was a very assured performance.
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