Honiton Devils Under-11s good value for success over Sidmouth Warriors

PUBLISHED: 21:16 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:16 10 December 2014

Honiton Devils Under-11s were good value for a 4-1 win over Sidmouth Warriors when the pair met in an Exeter and District Youth League match, writes Dominic McCreadie-Taylor.

Both sides started brightly, but the first to go close were Devils when Hayden Owens was denied by the Warriors goalkeeper.

Moments later Devils took the lead with Dom McCreadie-Taylor tucking the ball home after a fine cross from the lively Sam Foster. Warriors came back strongly, but were kept at bat on a number of occasions by the impressive Zac Harrison in the Devils’ goal.

With Ewan Evans and River Leisk forming a solid defensive partnership and Elliott Holdsworth proving strong in the tackle, Warriors were denied a route back into the game and the Devils lead was doubled when, after some neat inter-play involving Foster and skipper Connor Brown, McCreadie-Taylor rifled the ball into the top corner.

After the break Devils continued to play with confidence and Hayden Owen took over in goal and he continued the sterling work done by Harrison by repelling a number of Warriors attacks. A third Devils goal was scored by Ewan Evans, finishing off clinically after a mazy run.

With the clock ticking down River Leisk ran through the heart of the Warriors defence before setting up Zac Harrison to make it four, but there was still time for Warriors to get the consolation there contribution to an entertaining encounter deserved when they scored with a great strike from fully 20-yards.

Devils boss Sean Brown said: “I am proud of each and every one of the team. They were superb from first whistle to last.”

The devils’ Man of the match award went to the outstanding River Leisk.

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