Dawes Accountants Under 13 Boys Cup Final
Torquay Academy Sport 0 - 2 Marine Academy Plymouth Juniors
Played at Coach Road, Newton Abbot 30/08/2020
Strikes from Lucas Phillips and Cameron Page were enough to seal victory for MAP Juniors in this exciting final between these two teams. Having waited almost six months due to Coronovirus restrictions both teams committed themselves to providing an entertaining game, but it was clear early on that there was only going to be one winner. Were it not for the efforts if William Hemus in the Torquay goal MAP Juniors would have claimed victory by a much clearer margin.
MAP were on top from the start, having two attempts within the first 90 seconds, neither of which were on target. In fact, the first shot on target came from Torquay’s Charlie Pope, whose 30 yard free kick was well blocked by the MAP defence. MAP took that as a warning and J’Adore Lawson raced through the Torquay midfield only to lose out to a tackle on the edge of the box.
The battle for supremacy in midfield was clearly being won by MAP and, in the 14th minute, it almost bore fruit as Harvey Frape broke clear down the right and drove in a low cross to Phillips whose shot was blocked. Phillips was not to be denied however as, in the 20th minute he pounced in a loose pass out of defence and coolly lobbed Hemus from the edge of the box give his team the lead. A minute later he almost made it two, his shot from distance being well dealt with by Hemus.
Two minutes later Torquay had their best opportunity of the half when Toby Stuart robbed Liam Carr and raced into the box only to send in a weak shot which Harry Westlake, in the MAP goal, comfortably dealt with.
There were two more good chances for MAP to seal victory in the first half, Frape firing straight at Hemus from the edge or the box on 24 minutes. That was followed right on half-time when Hemus did well to get down to smother a shot from Jake Gilfillan at the near post. Map had been the more purposeful side and fully deserved their half-time lead.
The second half started with MAP on the front foot and try as they might Torquay, although they worked back and tackled hard, were finding it difficult to get foothold in the match.
In the 44th minute MAP almost went two up but Frape was denied when his 8 yard shot from an acute angle beat Hemus but came back off the post. A minute later Lawson, up from the back, volleyed just wide from a corner. That was almost immediately followed by Gilfillan picking up a loose ball and running into the box only to see his left foot shot well saved by Hemus.
MAP were well on top now but, despite two further efforts from Frape, both drawing saves from Hemus, were unable to add to their solitary goal from the first half. The game was drawing to a close and seemed certain to end one-nil when, with two minutes left, up popped Page to drive a left foot shot into the corner of the net to seal a well-deserved victory.
Star Player - J’Adore Lawson (MAP Juniors)