16/05/2017 - Eastern Eye U15 Boys County Cup Final Match Report - Galmpton United Youth 4 v 1 (ET) Elburton Villa Juniors - Coach Road, Newton Abbot
It was another hugely competitive County Cup Final at Coach Road on Tuesday evening, as the boys from Plymouth, Elburton Villa Juniors, travelled across to County HQ to face a Galmpton United Youth side that were unbeaten in The Pioneer Youth League all season.
On a dry evening at Coach Road the teams were part of a great U15 County Cup game as they started with vigorous warm ups and team talks.
The game kicked off with Elburton Villa on the front foot, fox-in-the-box Villa striker, Liam Pardon didn’t stop running all game and was causing the Galmpton defence havoc in the first 20 minutes, he was up against a goalkeeper and back-line who had only conceded 14 goals all season.
It took until the 12 minute for Liam Pardon to have a real stiff at goal as he was played through superbly to find himself on goal, one-on-one with the Galmpton keeper, Tom Courtier, however his attempted lob just dipped over the crossbar – keeping the score nil-nil.
Galmpton were struggling to create any big chances, yet there flying winger Will Baker was attempting to make something out nothing with lung busting runs down the wing.
It took until the 25th minute for Galmpton to have their first real shot at goal, coming from a corner on the right side, Baker wiped in an in-swinging cross only for Toby Edmundson to rattle the crossbar with his header.
Only eight minutes later it was the Pioneer Youth League side to take the lead as Callum Glew chased onto a loose ball which trickled into the penalty area and from 12 yards Glew was able to slot the ball home to make it 1-0 to the boys in green.
Resulting from the opening goal, it sparked the game back into life and the young lads from Plymouth weren’t allowing Galmpton to double their lead, with intense pressing and tackling.
With no more true chances the referee blew his whistle to indicate half-time.
Elburton Villa came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, with two quick shots on goal, only for Tom Courtier to save well from both attempts.
Nevertheless, it was that man Pardon who levelled the game in the 49th minute as he played a lovely one-two with his team mate and buried the leveller for his team.
The game turned into a real battle after the equaliser, with both teams trying to regain the lead, however trying to attack all areas of defence both teams were to no avail.
In the 67th minute, Jack white for Elburton Villa won himself a free-kick from 25 yards out, yet his shot on goal lacked any real problems for the Galmpton keeper.
It took until the second minute of stoppage time for Villa to try and win the game late on as Liam Pardon once again drove into the penalty area with full grit, his low driven shot into the bottom left corner was again well saved by Courtier.
It was then the referee called time on the 90 minutes and it resulted in extra-time for both Elburton Villa and Galmpton.
Out of nowhere, Galmpton Youth decided enough-was-enough and two quick fire goals from Dalton Sanders basically killed the game for Villa, the first coming from a defensive mix up as Sanders found himself breaking through the middle of two centre halves and with the keeper of his line Sanders calmly slotted the ball home to put his team in the lead.
The third and Sanders’ second came from a towering header, as Glew’s corner only two minutes after Galmpton’s second was crossed in and Sanders rose above everyone to make it 3-1.
It was then Elburton Villa seemed to have dropped their heads, knowing they would have to score three the win the game against a very resilient defence.
And with a minute to go of the first half in extra time, Lucas Haines made sure the U15 County Cup Trophy was heading back home as he found himself left alone in the penalty area and smashed the ball into the back of the net, all from the good work of Callum Glew as he unselfishly passed his team mate the ball – making it 4-1.
The game ended on a slight bad-note as Villa midfielder, Louis Hardman was sent off in the second half of extra time after he kicked out on a Galmpton player of the ball, he left the referee no choice but to send him off.
The game petered out and the full time whistle was blown, Galmpton were crowned Devon County U15 Champions and it was from a brilliantly competitive game between very good footballing sides.
Man of the Match – Dalton Sanders (Galmpton United Youth)
Again, thank you to Miracle PR & Events Photography for taking all the photos on the evening and you can see all of Elburton Villa Juniors v Galmpton United Youth on here very soon - so please stay tuned.