Lympstone Under-15s book Plate final berth after 2-1 Cheriton success
PUBLISHED: 17:25 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:25 24 March 2018
Lympstone Under-15s booked a place in the final of the Exeter and District Youth League Plate final after a 2-1 victory over Cheriton Fitzpaine.
The two teams had endured no fewer then three postponements before they could contest the semi-final and conditions were not ideal on this occasion.
However, both teams adapted well to the difficult conditions and Cheriton went closest to opening the scoring when they struck the frame of the goal with a free-kick. At the other end of the pitch Lympstone’s Finn Doyle was denied a number of times by some super saves by the Cheriton glovesman.
Lympstone then started to dominate possession with Jack McKie and Jamie Crossman taking control of the midfield, but, and certainly against the run of play, the Cherries took the lead when a loose ball was drilled into the corner of the net giving Lympstone goalkeeper Connor Guest no chance.
Lympstone responded well to falling behind and were soon back dominating possession and the pressure built before Jack Bungay rifled home a 25-yard free-kick to send the teams into half-time on level terms.
After the break Lympstone continued to dominate and George Harding was a whisker away from scoring a spectacular goal when his powerful 30-yard strike was well saved by goalkeeper when the ball fell to Mat Millers, he tucked it away only for the effort to be chalked off for off-side.
Liam McManus then went close with a spectacular overhead kick; the ball coming back into play off the post!
The match-deciding moment came after some great work by Lympstone Man of the Match Jamie Crossman, who beat two opposition players before driving the ball into the corner of the net to seal a 2-1 success.
The Under-15s booking a final berth means that already two of the eight Lympstone Youth teams are now into Plate or KO Cup finals and two more of the clubs still have semi-finals to play!