Brixington Blues Under-14s were emphatic 6-0 winners when they met Alphington to contest a place in the quarter-finals of the Exeter & District Youth League Cup.
Blues were richly deserving of their last eight berth, but Alphington contributed much to what was end-to-end action throughout.
After 25 minutes of intriguing action the deadlock was broken when a Jack Ward corner was volleyed goal-bound by Harry Drew-Cull. However, the Alphas glovesman made a super save, but the ball stayed in play and was thumped home by Noah Bassett.
Just one minute later, after an Alex Haggerty header found Drew-Cull, the latter beat an opposition player before threading the ball out wide to Ward who promptly rifled a left foot shot that arrowed its way into the net.
Alphington hit back but were denied by Blues’ glovesman Harry Meaden. With half-time approaching, Haggerty switched play to Ward, but this time the Alphas goalkeeper pulled off a superb save.
Less than a minute into the second half the third goal arrived, and it came from a terrific header by Haggerty from a Ward corner.
Alphington threw everything they had at the Blues in a desperate bud to get back into the cup tie, but the Blues defensive unit of Eden Woodhall, Fraser Hossack and Sam Roberts denied them opportunities.
The fourth goal came from a sweet team move. It was started by Finley Tucker who found Haggerty and his inch-perfect pass found Drew-Cull who displayed a superb first touch before striking the ball from some distance up and over the Alphington keeper.
Goal number five was initiated by an Evan Slater pass out wide that released Bassett and, when he crossed into a crowded area, the ball was turned past his own glovesman by an unfortunate defender.
The final goal was another slick passing move that began with Billy Roberts and Owen Bailey linking well prior to involvement from both Bassett and Haggerty and, to cap the move off, Owen Bailey drilled the ball home.
The Blues’ Man of the match went to Fraser Hossack for his outstanding performance from start to finish.
Blues U16 manager Dave Haggerty said: “I am so proud of the team for really stepping up. It’s been a challenging couple of months trying to get the team settled and indeed, playing the football I know they can dish up.
“We have been training well and getting sharpness on the ball. I’m hoping after this game it will give the team more confidence moving forward.”