PUBLISHED: 15:47 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010
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Exmouth Amateurs U13s 2, AFC Plympton 1 Devon Girls' Cup semi-final AMMIES battled through to the final after a thrilling victory. Midway through the first half, Natalie Volpini won the ball at the back and fed Leah Rawlings.
Exmouth Amateurs U13s 2, AFC Plympton 1Devon Girls' Cup semi-final AMMIES battled through to the final after a thrilling victory.Midway through the first half, Natalie Volpini won the ball at the back and fed Leah Rawlings. Her pass to Worsley was squared to Marika Ghiglia, whose shot was well saved by the keeper.This led to a corner that was poked in at the far post by Volpini to give Exmouth the lead.Exmouth forced the second goal just before the break when Ghiglia drilled in a cross that was deflected into her own net by a defender.The second half was a more even affair as Plympton had a real go at Exmouth, throwing players forward at every opportunity.Exmouth had to defend well and Jessie Dunn and the outstanding Volpini had to be at the top of their game..Exmouth keeper Lauren Hillman had to make a great save when she was one on one with the Plympton striker. Respite was short lived as Plympton scored from the corner.The girls march on to the final where they will meet Tamarside, another team from Plymouth.Twyford U8s 0, Brixington Blues U8s 8Exeter Friendly LeagueIn the morning's first fixture, Brixington secured a comfortable win, thanks to a hat-trick from the prolific James Doble, and a brace apiece from Jack Sidgwick and Olly Toomey. The Blues went close from the first attack when Ieuan Kidd put through James Doble, whose shot crept wide.After a couple of near misses by Hayden Boatman, Doble opened the scoring from a Max Reader cross. After several more Brixington attempts, Doble slotted home for 2-0, and after continued pressure Jack Sidgwick made it 3-0 at the break.After the interval, Boatman went close. In the following attack, Toomey was rewarded when Michael Hunter's shot was fumbled by the keeper, and he tucked away the rebound.Minutes later, a defensive clearance hit Toomey and went in for his second and Brixington's fifth. Max Reader added a sixth and Doble completed his hat-trick from another Kidd through-ball for 7-0. Sidgwick then added an eighth to complete the scoreline.In a follow-up game against Twyford Spartans, the Blues lost 2-0.Brixington Blues U15s 3, Heavitree 0Juventus Youth LeagueAN improved, all-round performance saw Brixington Blues put three goals past Heavitree Dynamos without reply in a thoroughly entertaining match.A close first half brought little chance of a goal for either side, but the football played was good. Liam West, in his new role as attacker, was a constant nuisance for the Heavitree defence and went close a couple of times. However, it was Heavitree who nearly opened the scoring in the first half when a quick break down the right brought an athletic save from keeper Alex Sprake, who kept the scores level at half time.The second half was all Brixington. They played as a team and put all of their efforts into playing football. It wasn't too long before they had a goal. A deep corner was picked up by Alex Humphrey, who battled well and his hard work resulted in a penalty being awarded. A great shot by West put Blues into a deserved lead. In so many games before, Blues have surrendered a lead but this game was not going to be another of them. The team battled well for each other and soon they were 2-0 up. West played a superb ball through to Jake Preece, who took it through two defenders and shot a low ball past the keeper. The third goal was almost a replica of the second. The roles were reversed as Preece fed the ball for West to get his second of the match and to take all three points for Blues.Mitre 6, AFC Heavitree Arms 3Sunday Premier DivisionHeavitree made their longest away journey of the season on Sunday - and wished they had stayed at home. From the early stages it was clear Mitre were ready to compete for every ball and stamped their authority onthe game. Arms lined up with Turner and Taylor upfront in the absence of regular striker Liam McMahon and the partnership looked to be working well with some neat interchanges in the opposition half.Mitre opened the scoring on 10 minutes, Richard Blake firing in unmarked at the back post. Arms equalised through Dan Plater on 15 minutes. Scott Mapp found Taylor who slipped a pass through for Plater to round the keeper and slot the ball into an empty net. Sandy Allen added his first goal of the season - a free-kick 26 yards from goal was crossed with pace and power, evading all and ending up in the back of the net. At this stage the game was fairly even, but Mitre seemed to have more desire to score the next goal. Before the half-time break Mitre scored two further goals, giving them a 3-2 lead at the interval. The second 45 minutes saw a lethargic performance from many of the Heavitree side. They conceded a fourth early on. After failing to clear numerous times, the ball fell to a Mitre player who was challenged by Alex Wicks and convinced the referee to give a penalty. Arms' keeper Chris Wright was sent the wrong way from the spot. Heavitree were then awarded a penalty of their own, Lloyd Murrin and Plater combining and the ball finding Adam Turner's feet. He was up-ended in the box, leaving the referee no option but to award the second penalty of the game. Turner rifled the kick home. The final period of the game was all Mitre and they scored two further goals.There was no Man of the Match award this week. Heavitree will look to bounce back when they travel to Barley Mow.