Two big wins for the Brixington Blues
- Credit: Brixington Blues
It has been a satisfying week for the young footballers of Brixington Blues, as they recorded a brace of impressive victories.
The Under-16s progressed to the semi-finals of the Devon Cup with a powerful 3-0 victory over a dangerous Ipplepen outfit.
Zac Tilley went close for the Blues in the early stages but it was merely a brief reprieve for Ipplepen, as a quick throw from Ethan Hawes found Oliver Bradley, who slipped a pass to Luke Paramore and his lob was beautifully executed for a 1-0 lead.
Brixington continued their relentless attacking dominance and doubled the advantage when a fine team move, starting with goalkeeper Russ Bracey, involved Ashton Beck, Makan Coulibaly, Jake Haggerty and Hawes, with Paramore applying the final touch with another assured finish.
A brilliant save from Bracey retained the two-goal cushion at half-time and his second-half heroics were even better, producing a superb penalty save to deny Ipplepen a route back into the game.
Brixington sealed their victory when Paramore turned provider for Bradley, who calmly slotted home a decisive third.
The Blues can now look forward to an intriguing semi-final showdown against Alphington.
The Under-13s continued the scoring trend for Brixington, as they proved too strong for Exmouth United in an entertaining local derby.
Exmouth actually started the brighter and were only thwarted by good defending from Sam Robbins, but the Blues then took control of the game.
Brodie Fraser picked out a pass for debutant Noah Bassett to fire home a super finish with his left foot. Alex Haggerty and Billy Robbins then combined for captain Owen Bailey to make it 2-0.
Rory MacDonald and Evan Slater were next to conjure the chance for Bassett to continue his impressive introduction to the Blues by notching a second goal.
The debut theme was continued by Noah Driesen, who also scored his first goal for the club before Bassett rounded off a fine hat-trick from a MacDonald cross.
There were further goals from Billy Robbins and Bailey, while Harry Meaden made a terrific save to complete a happy day for the Blues.