O’Mahoney nets as Under-8s derby honours are shared

PUBLISHED: 07:38 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 07:38 23 February 2018

Action from the Brixington Blues Under-8s meeting with Exmouth United played at the Maer Ground home of Exmouth Cricket Club.

Action from the Brixington Blues Under-8s meeting with Exmouth United played at the Maer Ground home of Exmouth Cricket Club.


Brixington United Under-8s were involved in a close encounter of a local derby kind when they shared two goals with neighbours Exmouth United in an Exeter Youth League match.

United played very well and were probably unlucky not to win the match as they certainly had the better chances and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession.

Ned O’Mahoney showed great skill to dribble past two opposition players in what was an enterprising run and Jake Gibbs looked really composed in midfield, displaying some excellent close control and awareness of the game.

Exmouth gave as good as they got for long periods and Brixington glovesman Taylor Westaway made a great save to deny them before an error was pounced upon and Exmouth took the lead.

United hit back and young O’Mahoney saw a powerful shot go just wide before, at the other end of the pitch, Harper Philips made sure Exmouth couldn’t extend their lead with some brilliant defending.

Isaac Wykes and Harley Westaway combined really well in midfield and Rian Powley was quick and skilful down the left, winning a free kick that went just over the bar.

After the break there was more positive play from Brixington and the Exmouth United goal led a charmed life and three or four chances went begging.

However, the pressure built and it was no more than United deserved when young O’Mahoney, who had a fine game, rifled home the equaliser from some 20-yards.

Brixington went in search of a second goal.

A slick passage of passing followed Isaac Wykes winning the ball in midfield before playing a precise pass to O’Mahoney, who took a touch before delivering a terrific cross that Gibbs was unlucky not to get on the end of.

The final whistle went soon after to herald the end of a terrific game between two fully committed teams with honours, fittingly, even.

Brixington United: Rian Powley, Ned O’Mahoney, Harper Phillips, Isaac Wykes, Taylor Westaway, Harley Westaway, Jake Gibbs.

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