Kelly the hero as Blues youngsters bag spot-kick cup success
PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 November 2014
Brixington Blues Under-10s were extra-time winners in a nail-biting and compelling cup tie against CS Cougars.
Inclement weather saw the match switched to the drier climes of the Archery Club pitches.
Cougars started the better and took an early lead via their impressive number five.
The Blues response was swift, and clinical! The ball was moved from deep in Blues territory to Jonty Wright who beat several players in taking the ball to the by-line from where he pulled it back into the path of Thomas Rowsell who hammered the hosts level.
Jake Haggerty and Alex Bowyer both tested the visiting keeper before Cougars
struck again via their star player, this time his shot from a corner took a deflection before nestling in the Blues net.
Once again the response was swift as Lewis Fulls got on the end of another Wright run and cross to make it 2-2 at half-time.
After the break the Mid Devon side increased the tempo and only a superb Oli Kelly save in the Blues goal prevented his side falling behind a third time.
However, it was not long before the Cougars number five netted a hat-trick goal to edge his side into another lead.
With time running out and Blues looking on their way out of the competition Lewis Fulls served up a moment of splendid individual quality to fire Blues level for third time and force the tie into extra-time.
Carrick Howard rifled a shot narrowly over, but in general both defences ruled the roost during extra-time and, with neither side able to muster a winning goal the tie was decided in a penalty shoot-out.
Blues were first with the spot kicks and the confident Fulls tucked his effort away before both goalkeepers then pulled off smart saves. The next up for Cougars was their hat-trick star, but young Kelly guessed the right way and, diving to his right, kept the spot kick out to launch great celebrations by the Blues who had woman famous victory to bag a place in the last eight of the cup.
Thomas Rowsell skippered the Blues and there were were some great touches
from Ethan Beverley and Zac Brown throughout the game.