02/05/2019 U13s vs Okehampton

DIVISION ONE

WEST EXE YOUTH V OKEHAMPTON ARGLE YOUTH U13’s

Thursday 2 May 2019 6.15 KO at Cowick Barton Playing Fields

Written by Russell Luscombe

No referee was available, so Barry stepped in for the first half, followed by Steve.

We pushed hard from the kick-off, with James trying a shotacross goal. A few minutes later, Sully and James pushed fast down the left, but came up short against their defenders.

In the fourth minute, cross gave James a smooth header in – the first of many goals for him! (1-0)

Very soon after, Okehampton equalised. (1-1)

Another solid 1-2 between James and Sully, with the latter coming very close to goal, but stopped by a good defender.James’s next goal followed quickly, with a great right-foot curler. (2-1)

15 minutes in, a long ball from the right by James found Dylan’s head, but the ball went just wide.

A fast run and good cross by Mikey was met by Gracjan, but his shot went just over the bar.

A few minutes later, a high ball by Okehampton from the touch line was easily caught by Thomas. Their keeper was then tested by a long and high cross from Mikey.

Sully then pushed hard down the flank to Dylan, who pushed it just wide. Their No. 20 then scored an own goal. (3-1)

Two solid corners by Mikey gave Tee and Gracjan good headers that the keeper saved well.

Five minutes before half-time, James reached a hat-trick with a huge strike. (4-1)

Within a minute or so, James came back for more, with a goal deflected in after a great set-up by Sully. (5-1) A very strong first half with lots of possession and energy by us.

HT 5-1

The second half began with Tom, Seb and Macjik coming on from subs.

Mikey pushed down the line and had a good shot on target, but the keeper saved it smoothly.

Okehampton were not giving up and Tom held off a tough challenge to clear the ball well.

Ten minutes in, and after a scrappy twenty seconds in the box, Mikey scored. (6-1)

James was once again in the right place for a powerful strike just after another good save – we were starting to look unstoppable. (7-1)

Gracjan then took another of many fast runs, with a smooth shot that went just wide, soon followed by another goal by James. (8-1)

Andreas had a very close chance when his bullet header wascleared from the line.

Tom had come on from subs and had a good push to battle with one of their better defenders, soon followed by shots on goal by Macjik and Levi that went slightly wide.

Levi and Tom pushed up with good passing, which led to a corner for Mikey that Levi headed in comfortably. (9-1)

Okehampton’s no. 6 was consistently on top form and pushed up fast to get past Thomas for a well-deserved goal. (9-2) Another top shot by the same forward forced a brilliant save by Thomas over the bar.

Seb had a lively half and made a smooth shot count. (10-2)

Five minutes before full-time, Sully was substituted for Gracjan and had a solid strike on goal that clipped thecrossbar, followed by Tom’s higher shot that the keeper stopped.

Okehampton weren’t done in yet and made a simple but effective short ball in. (10-3)

A fantastic result by Westexe and all our players should feel proud!

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.