​It was always going to be an exciting day for Central City U9s, playing a Cup Final at the home of Exeter City against Brixington Blues. Fittingly, this was a final between the two strongest sides in the U9s 'league'. The sun shone and a large crowd of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends were there to lend their support.

In some ways it was always going to be a tough, tight affair. The pitch was quite small and Brixington are a team who are able to close down their opposition very quickly and effectively. In the early exchanges, Brixington looked the stronger side, however an early Central attack ended with Alastair Smith poking the ball into the bottom corner to open the scoring. The goal seemed to calm any Central nerves and the team gradually took more control as a result. Brixington were still dangerous and Matthew Mycock had to be alert on a couple of occasions.

At half time the one goal lead was a source of confidence for the players and they started the second half strongly. Early pressure created a series of attacking throws and corners. One long throw from James Boulton deflected off a Brixington player, making it 2-0. A slightly fortunate goal but the outcome of a sustained period of pressure. Central's tails were up now and they began to dominate, intelligently keeping most of the play in the Brixington half. The continued pressure paid off as yet another corner gave Jaiden Page the opportunity to score directly from it.

The subs, Sam and Joe came on, their fresh legs a real asset, enabling City to control the remaining minutes, which the whole team did remarkably well. The final whistle sparked joyous scenes of celebration as the players realised their dreams. A fitting end to an excellent season, well deserved for all involved.







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