Youth football roundup
PUBLISHED: 12:38 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010
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Brixington Blues U16s 6, Heavitree 2 Juventus Youth League Brixington kept up their charge on the title with a fantastic fightback led by Jack Greenslade who hit a second-half double.
Brixington Blues U16s 6, Heavitree 2Juventus Youth League Brixington kept up their charge on the title with a fantastic fightback led by Jack Greenslade who hit a second-half double.The weather conditions played a key part in this game with Heavitree having the benefit of the wind in the first half. The visitors made the early running as Blues had to adapt to the windy conditions and, at times, struggled to clear their lines.Heavitree took the lead after 10 minutes when Blues' defence were indecisive and paid the price. Heavitree doubled their lead when Blues stopped after a handball decision went against them. This spurred the home team into action and wingers Adam Croft and Greenslade started to threaten down the flanks.Croft whipped in a cross, but striker Adam Wakely failed to get the all- important touch.Greenslade raided down the left and, on two occasions, pulled his shot just wide of the post. Midfielder Hugo Demetre drove a shot just wide and Croft missed the upright as Blues searched for a goal back. Blues finished the half much the stronger with striker Sam Bird working tirelessly for the team, causing Heavitree to retreat. Blues' pressure finally paid off when Croft whipped over a corner and Mark Lever pounced to force the ball over the line.With the wind at their backs in the second half, Blues powered their way forward.Heavitree couldn't deal with the windy conditions as Blues laid siege on the goal. In a two-minute spell, Blues turned the game around.Wakely picked his spot with a low drive, giving the keeper no chance.With the next attack, Wakley broke down the right and his cross was turned in by Greenslade. Blues were now rampant and sensed there were more goals.Demetre drove in a shot from outside the box that the keeper turned onto the post. Bird fired over the bar. Blues went further ahead when Greenslade did well to cut the ball back from the byline for Demetre to finish from close range. Blues' defence were rarely troubled with Josh Sale, Jordon Javadi and Ross Bright all in commanding form. Brixington continued to power forward and Heavitree struggled to cope with their pace and slick football.Greenslade added a fifth after good work by Bird.Not to be outdone, Croft made it 6-2 when he drove home from close range to complete a fantastic comeback for the Blues and to keep their eyes firmly on the divisional title. Man of the Match was Sam Bird who never stopped running. Blues visit Broadclyst in their next game.Brixington Utd 2, Exwick Youth 0Exeter Friendly League Blue Division This match was played in horrible weather, wet, windy and cold, causing both sides difficulties.That United ran out comfortable winners is a testament to the home side's fabulous defending, allied to lightning quick attacks.United's reliable keeper Connor Gosling had no saves of note to make due to the organised back four, impressively led by Alex Manning, and the hard working industry displayed in midfield.The match was ten minutes old when an incisive series of passes released Jack Howarth to fire in an unstoppable shot off the underside of the bar. Other chances came and went until, with five minutes to go, Adam Wheatley powered out of defence to release a 30-yard inch-perfect pass that invited Howarth to shoot past the advancing keeper. Charlie Cotton was desperately unlucky to have a smart side-foot shot hit the inside of a post. George Jarmin saw his 30-yard effort miss by inches.The boys produced a committed and wholehearted performance and all conributed to a hard-fought win. Squad: Jake Allars, Theo Barnes, Charlie Cotton, Reece Crozier, Owen Flinn, Connor Gosling, Jack Howarth, Riordan Deehan Jackson, George Jarmin, Luke Lamy, Alex Manning, Reuben Neilan, James Roberts, Kieron Saxton, Mat Wells, Adam Wheatley.Brixington Blues U8s 6, Beacon Knights 0Exeter Friendly League Blues ran out convincing winners in atrocious weather conditions.Brixington applied early pressure and forced a corner, from which Hayden Boatman hit the bar.Boatman then turned provider for Jack Sidgwick, who forced a good save from the Knights' keeper. Sidgwick again went close, before some excellent passing between Olly Toomey and Max Reader put in Jordan Capey for Brixington's opener. Sidgwick was finally rewarded when he calmly slotting in Capey's cross, making it 2-0 at the break.The Blues started the second half as they finished the first, putting the Knights' defence under pressure. Michael Hunter prodded home from a corner and added his second, and Brixington's fourth, from a rebounded shot. After some solid tackling from Jacob Dunn, James Doble picked up the loose ball and made it five. As the rain continued to pour, Ieuan Kidd finished the scoring with a neat strike in front of goal.Brixington Blues 3, Countess Wear 1Exeter Friendly League In the second fixture of the rain soaked morning, Brixington made it two wins. Sidgwick scored a brace, and Doble added to his season's tally with a fine, left-foot drive from distance.Colyton Reds U15s 0,Brixington United 3East Devon Youth LeagueUnited dominated this away fixture from start to finish and might have won by a greater margin had the weather not affected play so greatly.United always looked comfortable and it was not long before the lead was taken.Plowman battled with the last defender to win the ball, which fell kindly to strike partner Lidstone to fire home.With the defence of Hammond, Pratt, Lehuray and Farrington never looking too troubled, it allowed Ody and Clarke on the wings to create chances for Plowman and Lidstone and the on-rushing Reed.More goals should have been scored, especially with Sellick winning ball after ball in midfield and Rawlings dominating his penalty area with authority.The Ody-Plowman pairing carved out United's second, shortly before the heavens opened, when the ball was played wide into Plowman, who flicked it on to Ody as he cut in from the left to finish with style.United's third goal came from great wing play as Clarke delivered a perfect cross for Plowman to finish.The introduction of Smith in the second half allowed United greater opportunity to create more chances, which were not finished as they should have been.The second half was greatly affected by the weather. However, United again dominated as they played possession football which did not allow Colyton the opportunity to use the gusting wind in their favour.United should be admired for the professional way they dominated the second half with composed football. With better finishing they would have extended the lead.United's Man of the Match was Hammond, who stepped in at right-back at the last minute and produced a solid display.United: Rawlings, Hammond, Pratt, Lehuray, Farrington, Ody, Sellick, Reed, Clarke, Plowman, Lidstone, Hull, Smith.