Harrison stars as Honiton Devils Under-11s are edged out in opening game

PUBLISHED: 10:51 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 09 September 2014

The Honiton Devils Under-11s were edged out by the odd goal in three in their first game in the top division of the Exeter and District League, beaten 2-1 at Heavitree Social Gunners.

Led by influential skipper Zac Harrison, the Devils made a confident start, but fell behind in the 12th minute. Devils responded well with some fine midfield play involving Dominic McCreadie-Taylor and River Leisk. Luke Matthews combined well with Lee Pulman, but a brief lack of concentration at the back saw the home side double their lead before the interval.

In the second half, boosted by a talk from manager Sean Brown, the Devils halved the deficit when Sam Foster found Connor Brown and he set up skipper Harrison to rifle a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Soon after Foster had the ball in the net, but the ‘goal’ was ruled out. With Ewan Evans, Elliot Holdsworth and Lee Pulman all putting in god shifts Devils pressed for a second goal. They had the ball in the goal once more only for an off-side decision to rule it out. Heavies then countered and drew a superb save from Devils glovesman Haydon Owen.

With some fine defending from Jai Freemantle and Sam Cottingham, there were no further goals conceded, but non scored either as Devils were narrowly beaten 2-1.

Boss Brown said: “I was so pleased with the teams never-say-die attitude. There’s plenty of confident passion in the side and I am excited about the season ahead with this group of players.” Zac Harrison was named the Devils Man of the Match.

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