Devon Youngsters Hit Nine

Devon's Under 16 Representative Side make it three-from-three and hit 9 past Wiltshire FA at Coach Road - Also on the same day they supported the brilliant scheme of 'Football vs Homophobia' (Pictured Above)

Match Report

Devon FA U16 9 - 0 Wiltshire FA U16

Coach Road, Newton Abbot, Sunday 12th February

Devon’s Under 16 Representative Side brushed aside Wiltshire FA, with all Devon eyes deeply determined on lifting the Under 16 South and West Counties Championship this season.

Boss of the Devon boys, Neil Saunders, named an almost identical squad which was selected for the Gwent trip back in January, however with that representative fixture being called-off, the selected Devon side had their chance to show off their talents.

It would have been understandable if the boys were a little rusty having not played since November, nevertheless, four goals in the opening 20 minutes of this match proved there was no need to feel such anxiety.

Five minutes into the game, Devon were dominating with most of the possession but to no avail, however, in the seventh minute the deadlock was broken as Gareth Blackmore floated in a great cross which was met by Bailey Walker who powerfully struck the ball home for Devon.


Straight from the kick off Blackmore won the ball back and went straight on the attack, a direct pass to Walker allowed the silky striker to turn and in one movement he slotted the ball home.


In the eleventh minute Devon increased their superb start to the match, the ball was picked up just outside the penalty area by Owen Walsh, he struck a hard, low shot, which gave the Wiltshire keeper no chance. Wiltshire seemed shocked at the pace and power at which the Devon lads were playing at.


The boys in red hit their fourth of the game soon after, as Ashley Mitchell fired home from twelve yards leaving Wiltshire stunned. 


As the first quarter of the match came to a close, Owen Cox, reaped more misery onto the Wiltshire boys, as his delightful goal turned the game into a rout.


It wasn’t until the thirty-second minute that Devon keeper, Toby Wilson, was brought into the action, pulling off a great save as Wiltshire’s striker Zac Soonsup-Bell went through on goal yet Wilson made sure he was the victor in this contest.

Two minutes into added time saw Devon put together a great passing move, with the resulting attack allowing Cox to score his second and Devon’s sixth.


And Neil Saunders’ lads weren’t stopping there, as in the forty-sixth minute they hit their seventh of the match, James Colclough with the resulting goal.  


The ref blew for half time ending Devon’s scoring blitz and giving both teams fifteen minutes to digest what they’ve done in the first half. Both teams went in with Devon scoring seven in the first half.

The second half began and Wiltshire were looking to improve on their first half endeavors and try and get some sort of consolation out of the game. 

Quarter of an hour into the second half and instead of giving up Wiltshire came out looking stronger and more focused, yet, with fifteen minutes remaining the score line remained Devon seven goals to the good.

It wasn’t until the seventieth we witnessed another goal, when an exquisite through ball by Dan Cullen was played through to Devon’s Ethan Mathews, he calmly slipped the ball under the keeper to make it eight-nil.
In the final minute of the match Devon scored the game’s final goal, as man of the match Owen Cox completed his hat trick to make it nine -nil and almost from the restart the ref blew for full time to end the match. 

This may have become a huge moment in terms of the success and attitude of the Devon youngsters, yet, we would like to thank Wiltshire FA for their fantastic attitude when conducting themselves both on and off the field.

We wish good luck to the Wiltshire youngsters for now and the future.

You can help support Devon’s Under 16 Representatives forthcoming fixture next month as they face Berks and Bucks FA on Sunday 12th March at 2:00pm at Coach Road.

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