Beating the champs
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:26 15 June 2010
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Colyton FC U13s ended their season with a thrilling match with last year's champions Okehampton.
Colyton FC U13s ended their season with a thrilling match with last year's champions Okehampton, winning 4-3, writes Kevin Searle.The opening 20 minutes saw Colyton take a 2-0 lead, courtesy of two superb strikes from David Laramy. Both teams worked hard, looking to add to the scoreline, but neither could break down the other's defence. Okehampton started the second with a excellent period of play and got back into the game to lead 3-2.Colyton regained composure and the strong Adam Harris levelled the scoreline to set up a tense finale. Up stepped Coly's talisman Laramy, who turned his Oke defender, broke free and slotted home to complete a match- winning hat-trick and victory for Colyton. This victory also means Colyton were crowned league champions, a fantastic achievement by the team, who have been runners-up for the last four years. Colyton FC U9s played their last game of the season on Sunday and lost 7-2 to Lyme Regis, writes Colin Burrough. In the first 10 minutes both teams had their chances to score, with good defending and near misses it remained goalless. Lyme pressure paid off and at half time they were 3-0 up.The second half saw Colyton take the game to Lyme, but strikers George Carter and Kieran McCann couldn't find the net.As with the first half, Lyme took their chances well and added four more to their total. Colyton never gave up and scored two well-taken goals from Guy Bryant and Billy Long.Well done to all the Colyton players this season, they have worked really hard, have improved and played some great football.Feniton under-10s drew 1-1 with their Colyton counterparts, writes Ian Jeacock.An excellent finish by Will Bennett put Feniton into the lead and Colyton's Joe Miller equalised following a fine passing move. In the second half, Colyton piled on the pressure but, thanks to some stalwart defending and outstanding goalkeeping, Feniton managed to hold on to a draw. Man of the match was Feniton keeper Harry Lush. Tiring in the second half cost Feniton FC U10s dear as they lost 5-1 to Axminster, writes Ian Jeacock.Axminster opened the scoring with a goal from a well taken corner, Feniton soon equalised, Adam Tomkins striking home. Both sides created good chances, but the score remained level until half time. Feniton tired in the second half and Axminster took control, scoring four more without reply. Feniton Men of the Match were Will Bennett and Matt Venton for hard work in midfield. Honiton Town U11s, clinched the EDYL U11's Division 2 title on Saturday, with a fine display of attacking football, writes Nigel Doe. Near neighbours West Hill were undone by the 6-0 home sides slick and accurate passing, which laid the platform for the home sides victory. The midfield trio of Lewis Doe, Ollie Reed and Owen McCreadie-Taylor, ensured plenty of possession and served their strikers well.Todd Beanlands, opened the scoring, before Neil Parris added a second to see Town lead 2-0 at the interval.Safe in the knowledge that victory would see them claim the title, Honiton made three changes at half time. It did not take long after the re-start for them to increase their lead, when Lewis Doe, volleyed in Ollie Reed's well-taken corner. West Hill were unable to mount any sustained attacks but, on the odd occasion when they did threaten, they found the home defence of William Tyers, James Branson, Jerome Branson, Daniel Hole and Ben Facey too strong and well-organised. Keeper Callum Nicholas, had a quiet morning between the sticks.Neil Parris added Honiton's fourth, with Owen McCreadie-Taylor and Benjie Cramer also scoring.All of the Honiton boys have exceeded expectations this season. They are an honest, hardworking bunch who have been a delight to work with. After the 1-1 EDYL U10s draw in midweek with Feniton, Colyton knew that they had to perform well against a good, strong Phoenix side to have any chance of maintaining their challenge for the league title, writes Nick Rowe. The game started brightly with both teams creating early opportunities, only to find the handling and awareness of both goalkeepers on top form. Colyton's midfield started to take control, in turn giving good service to the front line of Connor Murphy and Dominic Beer, but could not break down the away team defence. Beer, in particular, was desperately unlucky when he powered a header just over the bar, but half time came with the game goalless.The second half saw the introduction of Charlie Freeman and he made his presence felt immediately with a fine tackle, run and shot that whistled just past the post. Phoenix were not to be outdone and they had a well-executed move and shot well saved by Oscar Fearnley Derone. The game was end to end and, with 10 minutes remaining, a through ball from the Colyton midfield found Murphy in space and he cut inside and drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net, much to the delight of the home support. Phoenix were not dead yet and, true to form, they applied pressure on the Colyton backline, but were restricted to long-range efforts, thanks to the solid defending of Sam Hicks and Billy Rudolph, who were in commanding form all day. One long-range effort, in particular, was heading goal bound only for Oscar F D to dive full length and produce another fine save. No praise can go to anyone in particular due to the outstanding effort from both teams and, therefore, credit must go to all. Seaton A Under 9s and Seaton B Under 9s met in a midweek clash and proved that both teams were as good as each other, the final score being one goal each, writes Andrew Franklin. The first half saw the A team take the lead with an excellent goal from Lewis Pearson and, although they battled hard to retain this lead, B team's Fraser Beament scored a cracking goal from just over the half way line. The game was full of excitement and both teams had a great time. Seaton Town A U9s also beat Exmouth Juniors in their last league game of the season, which takes them to third in the league behind Exmouth Ammies and Lyme Regis. Callum Wood scored twice and Oliver Browne made it 3-1. The only game left to play is the U9 cup final against Honiton on May 10 at Feniton. Seaton Town U12s beat Colyton U12s 4-0 in their Oasis Cup final, writes Luke Broderick. Todd Lewendon settled their nerves by scoring early on, latching on to a long throw to lob the outrushing Colyton keeper. Lewendon got the next goal too, heading home when Aaron Pearse's final ball found him at the far post.After the re-start Colyton pushed hard to get back in to the game but Seaton's defence was in top form. Midway through the half, Lewendon capitalised on a slip by a Colyton defender and took his chance well, scooping the ball over the keeper for his hat-trick.A fourth Seaton goal followed when centre back Jonathan House gathered a Colyton goal kick on the half way line. He unleashed a shot that found the back of the net from 35 yards. As the Colyton heads dropped, more Seaton chances followed but they were unable to add to their goal tally.There were outstanding performances on the day from Jonathan House, Todd Lewendon, Jamie Walker and Aaron Pearse. The game was played in tremendous spirit by both teams and thanks must go to the officials and the league.