Brixington Blues Under-9s edged out in League Cup final

PUBLISHED: 09:54 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 23 May 2018

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Brixington Blues Under-9s suffered a narrow defeat in the final of the Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup, when beaten 2-1 by Moors Youth.

The Tiverton-based opposition kicked off, but it was Blues who took early control and they went close in the early exchanges when a Harry Batten cross resulted in the award of a free-kick that was blocked by the Moors wall.

It was therefore against the run of play when Moors took the lead.

Blues, with Ryan McCann and Oliver Dawkins tackling everything that moved in midfield and Willem Stortenbeker doing a grand job halting counter-attacks, almost levelled when Harry Tooby was denied by a superb save from the Moors glovesman, this after great interplay between himself and Harry Batten.

Straight from the restart Blues attacked and they levelled with a fierce shot from Harry Tooby, who was quickest to react when a Harry Batten strike was beaten out by the goalkeeper.

Once level, Blues continued to be the brighter of the teams, but the Moors defence was disciplined and organised and they blocked crosses and shots with everything they had!

Moors defended in depth, but had a fleet-footed striker who they relied on to launch slick counter-attacks and from one such raid he netted to put his side back into the lead. It was a superb finish that Blues glovesman Evan Clark, who had a relatively quite game in goal (such was the Blues presence in the contest), had no chance of keeping out. Charlie Cain and Oliver Dawkins continued to find time and space and both showed real determination to get their side ‘back on level terms’.

In another Moors breakaway, young Clark made a stunning save to deny them a third while, at the opposite end of the pitch, a McCann long-range strike fizzed just wide of the goal. In the end Moors enjoyed a very narrow victory having been forced into defending in numbers but the Blues had nothing to feel down about having performed superbly and should feel proud to have got all the way to the final and played so well.

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