09/12/2018 – Ottery St Mary Girls 1-2 Westexe U12s Girls

 

Ottery Mary FC U12 vs West Exe U12 GIRLS – 09/12/18

 

After a brief discussion about goal and pitch sizes, the Super Seven (reduced by one from the Awesome Eight) lined up in expectation of a fairly balanced game based on the previous recent  encounter with Ottery. The first half bore this out with most action in the West Exe half and some gallant efforts by Misha, Maisy and Jess to keep a clean sheet until half-time. Some great holding play and connected passes from Beth linking up with Suki and Jess led to some chances. Also noteworthy was the assertive play from Jess and the ever present grafter Maisy together with numerous great saves from Misha (8+) which kept us at 0-0 and still in the game.

 

A motivational talk by Martin and the girls lined up for the second-half. However Ottery slipped in a great shot and left us  behind at 1-0.  Undaunted, Rayanna  got the ball and after a brief run forwards, lobbed it into the top left hand corner from 15 yards, a shot in the making all season.

All of a sudden we had a game on and in the unfamiliar territory of a draw could we dare to hope for an equaliser? The next 10 minutes were full of chances for West Exe, Sophia chased the ball towards the goalie several times and narrowly missed scoring her debut.

 

A confident Suki already great at holding onto the ball under pressure  took a great shot from 10 yards toe-punting it in with a force that said ‘this is going in’. At 2-1 and 10 minutes to go we dared to dream. Cue much agitation and encouragement on the West Exe sidelines as we endured a lingering last 10 minutes worthy of an England World Cup Semi-final. The girls stepped up and defended well and even cleared it to open up chances for another goal. Despite tired legs and no subs all girls put in 100% effort in the last few minutes to ensure the win.

 

The final whistle saw celebration scenes not seen at a West Exe match for several years!

 

(Wo)Man-of the match was awarded to Misha for her dynamic performance throughout the game –  Great work Misha!

 

Bring it on Crediton.

Simon Piper

Father of 3, Harry and Lewis who play in the U9s and 10s respectively for Westexe, and James who is already on the team sheet for the Westexe U7s of the 2023/2024 season! Lifelong lover of football who joined Westexe in 2015 when bringing Lewis to his first training session with Simon Partridge (Head Coach). 4 years later he finds himself a coach of Westexe under 10s and administrator of the club web pages and social media.