Lympstone Lions Under-11s spring big shcok to bag final berth

PUBLISHED: 12:16 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:16 19 March 2015

Lympstone Lions after their victory over previously unbeaten Alphington Arrows in the Under-11 League Cup semi-final

Lympstone Lions after their victory over previously unbeaten Alphington Arrows in the Under-11 League Cup semi-final

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Lympstone Lions became the first team this season to defeat Exeter and District Youth League Under-11 Division One pace makers Alphington Arrows, beating them 2-1 in an enthralling League Cup semi-final.

What made the success all the more remarkable was the teams went into the game separated by ten places and 32 points in the Division One table!

Arrows, unbeaten in 16 league games this season, 15 of which they have won, took an early lead, but a tremendous 25-yard shot from Jack Draper saw things all square by half-time. It was Draper who created the winning goal when he closed the Arrows’ gloves man down and the ball ended up in the net to give Lions a famous victory. Ashley Drake had a fine game in the Lions’ goal making a string of superb saves to earn the Man of the Match award, though he was also given great support by some terrific defending in front of him.

Lions’ coach Drew Worthington said: “I am so proud of the lads. They really did all put such a huge shift in and gave their absolute all. The team work and desire to get a job done was there for all to see. It was such a good all-round show and a place in the final is no more than they deserved.”

Lions will play Exeter Panthers in the final.


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