Joe Miller provides the spark

PUBLISHED: 17:16 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:29 15 June 2010

Colyton 6, Lyme Regis 0: Although the scoreline may suggest that this was a one-sided affair, this was far from it. With Lyme kicking down the Feniton slope in the first half they certainly created the better chances and for the first quarter had most of the possession

Colyton 6, Lyme Regis 0: Although the scoreline may suggest that this was a one-sided affair, this was far from it.

With Lyme kicking down the Feniton slope in the first half they certainly created the better chances and for the first quarter had most of the possession. The Colyton defence and midfield had to work hard to ensure that they stayed in the game and that the score stayed goalless.

Once again the Colyton backline of Sam Hicks and Billy Rudolph were solid, as they have been all season and this restricted Lyme to some long-range efforts that were just off target. Colyton did start to get into the game and, once their passing game started to click, they in turn started to create some meaningful attacks on the Lyme goal. With Joe Miller starting to look dangerous with his trademark runs from midfield, you felt a breakthrough was imminent and Miller duly obliged, picking up a through ball to round the keeper and finish in the bottom corner.

This was just the goal that Colyton needed as they had been second best until then. Colyton had found a spring in their step now and started to play some neat football and, just before halftime, the ball fell to Connor Murphy wide on the right who cut in and drove his shot past the diving keeper to make it 2-0.

The second half saw the introduction of Charlie Freeman and immediately he made his presence felt with a fine tackle, run and shot that whistled just pass the post.

Lyme, however, continued to battle hard for every ball, but with Colyton now playing down the slope, they found more space and started to open up the Lyme defence with some crisp passing. The defence pushed forward more and this allowed the midfield trio of Miller, Tom Olive and Jacob Rowe to push forward, Miller in particular picking the ball up on the halfway line to run to the edge of the box and rifled a low drive to make the score 3-0.

Straight from the restart, Colyton gained possession and, following a neat one-two, Freeman rounded the keeper to make it four.

Lyme did not give up and worked hard up front to try to create an opening, but when they did, the safe hands of Oscar Fearnely Derone were there.

At the other end, Colyton continued to look dangerous and, to round off a good day's work, Miller popped up to score a memorable hat-trick.

With Dominic Beer and Oliver patch now up front for Colyton, they combined well to allow Patch to nip in and complete the scoring.

Once again, these two sides produced a highly competitive game of football which the scoreline does not reflect and it was played in a great spirit that both sets of supporters acknowledged.

For Lyme, Aaron Daniels worked tirelessly and deserved a goal for his efforts. Praise for Colyton must go to Joe Miller for scoring a cup final hat-trick, but most of all, to the team for a cracking performance. Well done ato both teams!

By Nick Rowe

East Devon Youth League u-10

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