Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Honiton Town 2, Alphington Arrows 2
(Honiton Town win 2-1 on penalties)
Honiton Town Under-10s held their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out and make progress in the Exeter and District KO Cup.
Devils began well with Zac Harrison and skipper Connor Brown impressing in the early exchanges. Luke Matthews and Dominic McCreadie-Taylor both had chances to open the scoring, but the Alphington Arrows, a well-drilled side from back to front, stood strong to the Devils early pressure.
The deadlock was broken, somewhat against the run of play when the Arrows scored.
Devils keeper Joe Evans made a number of fine saves as the Exeter side sought to add to extend their lead. Despite some exceptional defending the Arrows did indeed double their advantage to lead 2-0 at the break.
What ever was said during the interval it had the desired effect for the Devils were quickly out of the blocks from the restart! The deficit was halved when a Sam Foster long-range shot was parried by the Arrows keeper out to River Leisk who tucked the ball away.
With just minutes remaining Ewan Evans found sufficient space to drill a 20-yard shot into the net to level!
In extra-time Arrows started the brighter, but got little change out of the impressive Devils defence in which Ewan Evans, Sam Foster were outstanding, aided by the and the industrious midfield duo of Brown and Harrison.
The second period saw legs tire and so the contest had to be settled by the dreaded penalty kicks!
Arrows took the first kick and with Joe Evans making the goal as small as possible, missed their kick! Sam Foster strode forward and slotted his to make it 1-0! Arrows scored with their second, but that was cancelled out by Luke Matthews slamming his kick home. The third Arrows kick drew a superb save from young Evans and that left Devils 2-1 spot kick winners and through to the next round of the competition.
Ewan Evans was named Devils Player of the Day.
Manager Sean Brown said: “That was a great performance a really courageous comeback and the nerves were held in the penalty shootout. It’s a case of a big well done to all involved and yes, this match will live long in the memory!”