MacDonald shines as Brixington Blues U12s draw with Exeter Panthers

PUBLISHED: 21:05 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 21:05 17 January 2018




Brixington Blues Under-12s shared four goals with visiting Exeter Panthers when the teams met at Withycombe Raleigh Common.

Playing their first game for over a month, Blues made a confident start, retaining good possession and stroking the ball around.

Their early endeavours paid dividends when Luke Ewing sent Callum Smith away down the left and got to the by-line, from where he delivered a superb ball to the far post that was met by Ethan Hawes with a clinical finish.

The Exeter side hit back to level 10 minutes later, this despite Blues glovesman Ben Jeffery doing well to quickly narrow the angle for the striker who pounced on a through-ball.

The Blues’ response was good and the ever-alert Hawes chased a ball that was heading for what looked a comfortable clearance by the Panthers glovesman. However, Hawes’ pace got him to the ball at the same time as the goalkeeper who, in his rush, spilled the ball, and it fell invitingly to Smith to tuck home to give Blues a 2-1 lead at the break. The advantage would have been one of two goals had the crossbar not kept out a goal-bound Smith strike shortly before the interval!

Panthers made a bright start to the second half and scored a superb second of their own to level things up once more.

Panthers came out strong after the half and put the pressure on with a good 10-minute spell of their own. Some good play down the wing led to an opportunity which fell to their man on the left, who was given too much time to tee up a shot, which he duly rocketed into the top corner of the net to punish Blues and again level the tie.

Both sides fashioned chances at either end of the pitch, but no further goals were forthcoming and a draw was probably the fairest outcome, though Blues will be happy with the way they coped with the physical presence of Panthers. Fin MacDonald took the Man of the Match spoils for a battling performance at centre half, showing great determination despite taking several knocks through the game.

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