Brixington Blues Under-16s had to recover from the loss of an early goal before securing a 4-2 win over CS Cougars in an Exeter and District Youth League game.
After falling behind to the early on to the Mid Devon opposition, the Exmouth side were quickly onto the front-foot.
And a slick passing move involving Reece Alexander, Haydon Simpson, Makan Coulibaly and skipper Jake Haggerty led to Ethan Hawes crossing a ball that Oscar Gaunt was a whisker away from connecting with.
The next raid involved goalkeeper Russ Bracey, Adam Watts, Haggerty and Jack Drew-Cull with the latter getting his shot away only to see the glovesman make a smart save.
The pressure built and Blues were rewarded for their endeavours when, following a corner, the ball was partially cleared to Adam Watts who laid it off for Drew-Cull to find the back of the net and level things up at 1-1.
Once level, Blues went in search of a second and it duly arrived when a fine turn and pass from skipper Haggerty saw the ball go out wide to Drew-Cull and, when the ball arrived at the feet of Adam Watts he drilled it home to see Blues head off at the interval with a 2-1 lead.
Early in the second-half, Drew-Cull went on a mazy dribble down the line and, when he crossed into the area, Zac Tilley climbed highest to head the ball up and over the goalkeeper and it hit the inside of the post before nestling in the bottom of the net.
It was an exceptional header and represented a first goal for the young man making his Blues debut.
Cougars were always ‘in the game’ and it needed a smart save from Blues glovesman Bracey to deny the Mid Devon side a second.
At the other end of the pitch a Watts pass created a shooting opportunity for Paramore who saw his shot cannon back off the crossbar.
With ten minutes remaining, Cougars did get a second.
Blues, who, despite having their lead halved, continued to hold a measure of control which was born out of the excellent midfield work of skipper Haggerty, Watts and Tilley.
And when the ball was played out by Drew-Cull it arrived at the feet of Hawes who cut inside and rifled a shot goal-wards that the Cougars glovesman could not hang onto.
When it dropped again to Hawes, he made no mistake to fire it home and seal a thrilling 4-2 success.
The Blues’ Man of the Match award went to Ethan Hawes for his all-round performance.[asp_product id=”17531″]