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Ottery U18s in seventh heaven as they book County Cup last eight spot

 Ottery U18s in seventh heaven as they book County Cup last eight spot

Haydon Simpson in action for Ottery U18s during the cup win over Holsworthy. Picture DAVE HAGGERTY

Ottery St Mary scored seven times to brush aside the challenge of Holsworthy and book a quarter-final berth in this season’s Devon County U18 Cup.

The Otters made a confident start and, in one early raid, Makan Coulibly crossed for Oliver Bradley who saw his effort flash just wide of the target.

The very next raid was initiated by some neat inter-play involving Jake Haggerty and Finn Foster and, when Luke Paramore got involved, he found Jack Drew-Cull who fired his shot over the bar.

The deadlock was eventually broken and it came from a Haydon Simpson corner which was met by Haggerty with a powerful header that gave the Holsworthy glovesman no chance of keeping out of his net!

Holsworthy hit back, but they found Ottery glovesman Russ Bracey equal to the effort with a smart save.

Play switched to the opposite end of the pitch with Charlie Parker driving forward and finding Haggerty who, in turn, played the ball into Ethan Hawes and when he crossed into the area Luke Paramore was denied by a fine save from the Holsworthy stopper.

The lead was finally doubled with involvement from Coulibly and Paramore ahead of a cultured finish from Drew-Cull. A 2-0 lead became a three goal advantage soon after with Hayden Simpson responsible for the assist and Drew-Cull was once again the scorer.

Holsworthy continued to press, but, when one of their raids was halted by debut making Ewan Evans, his pass found Paramore and, after excellent approach play involving Drew-Cull and Coulibaly, it was Haggerty who applied a terrific left-foot finish to send the Otters into the break with a 4-0 lead.

The second half action began with some fine defending by Reece Alexander, before play switched to the other end of the pitch where Paramore was hauled down in the box and he got up to drill the spot kick home to make it 5-0.

Still Holsworthy continued to press and only a wonderfully timed Coulibly tackled denied them a scoring opportunity.

With a healthy lead the Otters made some changes before Haggerty completed his hat-trick with another terrific header, this time from a Drew-Cull cross and there was still time for a seventh with Paramore volleying home an Evans cross.

The Ottery Man of the Match award went to debut playing Ewan Evans who served up a faultless display

Ottery Under-18s team captain Jake Haggerty said: “Ewan will be a great asset to the team. Myself and the squad welcome him with open arms.”

Team manager, Dave Haggerty was delighted with what his side produced saying: “I am very happy with that performance. Russ Bracey deserved his clean sheet as he was made to work a couple of times and produced some fine saves to deny the opposition.”

He continued: “The team are carrying few injuries and a couple of the lads clearly had tired legs given they had also been in action just 24 hours earlier turning out for the club’s senior and second team. However, we played some fine collective team football, worked the ball well and dug deep when we had to in order to make sure of safe passage into the next round of the competition. What I would say in closing is we wish Holsworthy good luck for the remainder of their season and look forward to seeing them again in league action in the New Year.”

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