Sutton stars as Exmouth United U11s exit League Cup
PUBLISHED: 12:11 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 06 December 2018
Exmouth United Under-11s exited the League Cup when beaten 2-1 by hosts Heavitree.
The Heavies are always a powerful squad and the United cause was made all the harder by their own squad being struck by a sickness bug in the days leading up to the cup tie.
The home side made a strong start and took an early lead with a long ball over the top that was missed by the United defence and the Heavies striker raced clear to slot home.
The United response was good and they traded attack for attack with the home side before conceding a second to a slick counter attack raid.
At 2-0, against challenging opposition, United could have folded – but that was certainly not the case.
Indeed they reduced the arrears before the break with a well struck penalty from Zach French after he had been felled in the area.
The second half proved to be a terrific advert for youth football with United the dominant force, but the Heavitree defence was up to the task.
It really was nip-and-tuck, through to the final whistle which was greeted with loud roars of approval for the efforts of both teams.
The United Player of the Match award went to Euan Sutton.
United team manager Carl Farr said: “What a contest, what a performance! The lads gave their all. It got to the stage in the second half, as we kept knocking on the door, that it was simply not going to be our day. That said, as I told the young footballers after their terrific collective effort, ‘you learn more about yourself and your teammates in defeat than you do in victory and I am expecting these words to ring very true when we go again in the league next week.”