LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL
WEST EXE YOUTH v OTTERY ST MARY YOUTH u13’S
Wednesday 27th March 2019 K.O. 6:30pm
Report by Geoff Bland
After winning against Ottery at the weekend we now have the challenge of playing them again in the semi final of the cup. The game was played on a mutual ground at Cullompton under flood lights. Even though we won on Saturday we knew this would be another difficult game with both our new signings cup tied but we had Thomas returning in defence and Seb up front so the anticipation was high. The game started well with an early run down the right wing by James who crossed the ball in to Ellen but shot just wide. The game settled down with Ottery gaining more of the possession and forcing our defence deeper. In the tenth minute Ottery had a corner. The ball was whipped into our box which West Exe dealt with an excellent clearance header. The ball landed outside the box for an Ottery player to hit a low, hard shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 0-1. A couple of minutes later Levi had a long range shot that went just wide. On twenty two minutes Archie has a great run down the right and puts in a lovely cross forcing an Ottery defender to header the ball away. The remainder of the first half saw Ottery closing down our players quickly and pushing forward with every opportunity whilst West Exe tried hitting them on the break. Mickie and Levi both have a few long range attempts that go wide or over the crossbar. Right on half time Mickie takes a corner and James jumps up high to header but it goes inches wide.
The game plateaued for a while at the start of the second half until in the tenth minute the Ottery keeper saved a 20 yard shot from Ellen. A couple of minutes later sees some lovely West Exe play. James runs past three Ottery players and passes the ball out to Mickie who shoots a hard shot into the back of the net but the flag went up for offside. Another couple of minutes later and Mickie takes a free kick, whipping the ball into the box. A mad scramble ensues, climaxing with a shot by Seb that gets cleared. In the sixteenth minute Ottery play a through ball but our keeper Thomas manages to tackle the player at the cost of being studded on the foot. James claims the loose ball and in an attempt to clear he pulls a muscle in his leg. After eighteen minutes Ottery hit a long range shot from outside the box. The ball bobbles in front of Thomas, hits his leg and through into the goal. 0-2. James struggles on for a little while longer but his injury forces him to come off. In the twenty sixth minute Ottery shoot forcing Thomas to make a great save, the ball rebounds for Ottery to have another go which Thomas then smothers. The tempo died off in the last few minutes with Ottery looking to hold onto their lead. West Exe tried pushing forward but it just wasn’t their day.
Full Time 0-2
West Exe should be extremely proud in reaching the semi final. They played some outstanding football along the way and if they continue to improve like they have done over the past few years then it’s only a matter of time until we win the cup.