Colyton Under-13s win cup thriller
PUBLISHED: 11:20 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:20 19 October 2015
Colyton Under-13s won an extraordinary Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup tie at Cullompton by the odd goal in 15!
Going into the game in Mid Devon Colyton travelled somewhat in trepidation as they had recently suffered a pair of disappointing results in the league against top opposition and this was a third consecutive game against one of the leading sides, indeed the cup favourites!
The home side were quickly into their stride and Colyton came under tremendous pressure. However, the new system which sees Cameron Board moving to a the important role of defensive midfielder with a brief to provide protection for the back four and Giles Basson using his speed and ability to read the game, playing at centre back.
This solid base allowed Marcus Symonds and Thomas Lambert to use their strength and pace to break at will. In a purple patch of play Colyton scored four times without answer too take a big lead into the half-time break.
They added a fifth in the second half, but tiredness crept in and that, combined with a terrific home comeback, left the sides at five goals each at full time!
Extra-time began and Colyton netted the games 11th goal thanks to a looping back header by Spencer Vacher. The lead was carried into the half-way point of extra-time. However, straight from the restart the home side made it 6-6 from a corner.
Bouyed by the goal Cully quickly added another to take the lead for the first time in the match at 7-6 - this with just six minutes remaining!
Colyton refused to concede the tie and injury to Giles saw him carried off. However, that blow seemed to lift Colyton to new heights and two goals in three minutes put them back in front, a lead they held to the final whistle to claim a stunning success.
A Colyton coach said: “The win was deserved. We are delighted to see the levels of team spirit and determination in the team. When they fell behind for the first time so late in extra-time they simply refused to accept they were beaten. Bayley Alner in goal pulled off some good double saves and the back three gave the team a great solid look at the back.”