Ottery Under-10s into last eight of the Devon Cup cup with Brixington win.
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Ottery St Mary Under-10s eased into the quarter-finals of the Devon Cup with a 2-0 victory over Brixington.
The young Otters booked their place in the last eight with a superb all-round team performance.
A friendly meeting between the teams earlier in the season had been well contested by two seemingly well-matched outfits.
It was the Otters who took charge in the early exchanges, moving the ball around with confidence and they made a well-oiled Brixington side work hard to keep them at bay.
A couple of chances went begging, and were almost punished with a swift break by the hosts that was repelled by some excellent Ottery defending.
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The deadlock was finally broken when prolific goal scorer Freddie Clarke slotted the ball home with a confident finish and that saw the Otters into half-time with a single goal advantage.
The second half saw more of the same with the Otters constantly pressuring the oppositions goal whilst the opposition used a counter-attacking game, though those attacks were kept at arms length by more organised Ottery defending.
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The lead was doubled when Jack Carpenter rifled the ball home from the edge of the area mouth and any counter attacks being very swiftly cut short. Once again the pressure paid off when Jack Carpenter coolly struck the ball from the edge of the area.
Try as they did, the Exmouth side could not get back into the contest. Much of that was down to the outstanding performances from Ottery defenders Jake Blackmore and Ash Whitcombe.
Ottery team: Zach Wilkinson, Ash Whitcombe, Jake Blackmore, Sam Gleeson, Jack Carpenter, Finlay Giles, Robbie Larcombe, Dan Wright and Freddie Clarke.