Farway disappoint in Intermediate cup area semi

PUBLISHED: 19:48 03 February 2011

Exmouth Town Reserves (blue) Vs Farway (red). Ref mhsp 0819-05-11AW

Exmouth Town Reserves (blue) Vs Farway (red). Ref mhsp 0819-05-11AW


FARWay United’s much awaited Devon Intermediate Cup East Area semi final ended with a whimper rather than a bang as they exited 5-0 at the hands of Exmouth Town.

The long awaited match was transferred to Southern Road after three attempts to hold it at East Lee Park, home of Farway United, previous winners of the cup.

Farway boss Andy Baily said: It was one of my most disappointing days connected with Farway. We didn’t look very good at all, I can’t help but say it.

“I have no arguments, Exmouth were the better team on the day, in fact, they would probably be the better team on most days - four out of five.

“ We didn’t do ourselves justice at all.”

Farway spent too long adjusting to the big pitch - Farway’s home pitch is notoriously narrow - and were a yard off the pace from the start.

The defence looked ragged in the first 20 minutes, by which time they had conceded two goals. Exmouth were 2-0 up at half time, Farway having got the ball over the line but had no arguments with it being disallowed.

“Only goalline technology could have helped us,” Baily said. “It was too close to call for any linesman or referee but the look on the goalkeeper’s faceprobably told all!”

Farway did have a few chances to score but didn’t play with anything like their usual commitment.

One bright spot of the day was the performance of 16 year old sub Matthew Reed who showed plenty of direction, impetus and skill.

Matt’s late grandfather Mike Loud was a key part of the Farway club set up, both as player and then secretary for 50 years.

“It means a lot to us to have Matt on the squad,” said Baily. “He shows a lot of promise.”

“It was a shame to lose like that. We had won four games to get to the area semi and it’s a cup we have done really well in in the past, so it was a real anti-climax, especially after so many weeks of anticipation.”

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