Clarke treble and Carpenter strike see Ottery Under-10s through in cup
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Ottery St Mary Under-10s made progress in the Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup with a terrific all-round show that earned them a 4-1 success.
The two teams had met a few weeks before and drawn 2-2, hence the need for a replay.
Any fears that the excitement of the first meeting could not be repeated were quickly dispelled as both teams continued where they had left off!
The Otters were quickly into their stride and took control from the first whistle.
With the game played on a larger pitch than they had used in South Devon, the Otters moved the ball around well.
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It was no surprise when their slick passing paid dividends and, with some crisp passing, Dawlish were opened up twice in the first five minutes with Freddie Clare the scorer of both goals.
They carried that lead into the half-time interval where manager Andy Carpenter had little to do in terms of any team talk, simply championing he young Otters to keep playing the way they were!
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After the break a superb solo goal from Clarke both ended the tie as a contest and also saw him chalk up his hat-trick.
Jack Carpenter put a polished seal on proceedings with a terrific strike and even a late Dawlish goal could not take the gloss off a very slick all-round effort from the young Otters.
Amongst so many tremendous performances the work rate of Jake Blackmore and Jack Carpenter stood out. Freddie Clarke once again showed clinical finishing skills and captain-for-the-day Dan Wright was an inspiration covering every blade of grass on the pitch.