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Under 14 Review

Review of the 2016/17 Season

Easter Festival:

The boy’s commitment and attitude throughout the season has been superb, and to cap the season by winning the Broad Shield for the first time since 2014 was the icing on the cake.

The boys season started later than normal, with their first game coming at the U14 ESFA Easter Festival at Millfield School in Somerset, where they played 5 games in 3 days!

The first game was against the hosts, Yeovil on the Tuesday morning. Plymouth won this game 3-1, with goals coming from the impressive Frank Lovett and Scott Crocker. Goalkeeper Elliot O’Connor also saved a penalty whilst the score was 1-1. The boys played against Vale of White Horse on Tuesday afternoon. Plymouth won this game 2-0, with goals again coming from Lovett and Crocker.

On Wednesday the boys were very tired, and played poorly in the mornings game against Derby. In windy conditions and on a bobbly pitch, Plymouth drew 1-1, with Frank Lovett getting the goal. It could have been worse for Plymouth, but Shaun Hillier saved a last minute penalty to keep the scores level. In the Wednesday afternoon game, Plymouth played against Southampton Development. Although the boys lost 1-0 to a soft goal, this was probably the best performance of the week.

The final game on Thursday morning was against Coventry. Plymouth were dominant from the off and capped off the week with a 6-2 win. Owen Raven got himself a hat-trick, with the other goals coming from Frank Lovett (2) and Owen Grimes.

Broad Shield Semi-Final

When the boys got home from the festival, they had a semi-final fixture in the Broad Shield due to having a bye to get there! They played a technical West Cornwall side, again in difficult conditions at Marjons. Plymouth adapted to the conditions the better and won the game 4-0. The goals came from Scott Crocker (2), Alfie Wotton and Owen Raven. This set up a final against East Cornwall.

Broad Shield Final

On a thundery evening at Coach Road, kick off was delayed due to fork lightning directly overhead the pitch. Plymouth adapted to the conditions the best and were unlucky not to take an early lead when Owen Raven hit the bar from 20 yards, with Jacob Bowker firing just wide from the rebound.

Plymouth did take the lead halfway through the first half, when Raven played a superb reverse through ball to Frank Lovett, who showed great composure to lift the ball over the Cornwall to make it 1-0.

Plymouth then soon doubled their lead. A penalty was awarded when Alfie Fothergill was brought down in the penalty area after a great run. Raven made no mistake from the spot to make the score 2-0.

Cornwall looked dangerous on the counter attack, due to their pace up front and their direct style. Shaun Hillier made a couple of superb saves to keep them out, but he was finally beaten after poor Plymouth defending to bring Cornwall back into the game just before half-time.

Cornwall then equalised on the stroke of half-time, Plymouth gave the ball away in a silly area and Hillier was given no chance with a great curling finish into the far corner.

Cornwall started the second half the stronger, and had Plymouth under the cosh, Plymouth clearly rocked by throwing a 2 goal lead away. Cornwall then took a deserved lead to give them a 2-3 lead.

With the game seeming to be slipping away, Plymouth manager Dan Gill made a tactical switch, pushing centre half Tom Trace into midfield. He repaid Gill’s faith straight away by equalising. Lovett flicked on a Raven corner and Trace found the bottom corner to make it 3-3.

With time running out, Plymouth started to take control of the game. With just under 10 minutes to go, Lovett shown great skill in the corner of the Cornish 18 yard box to beat 2 defenders, before firing in from what seemed to be an impossible angle. This gave Plymouth the a 4-3 lead.

To seal the win, Trace grabbed his second of the game with only a few minutes to go. He found himself in space 25 yards from goal, instead of trying to keep the ball to run the clock down, he fired a curling shot into the top corner to kill the game and make it 5-3 to Plymouth.

Hopefully next season the boys can enjoy a successful run the ESFA National Competition, as well as the Worrall Shield and become the first team in recent years to win both the Broad and Worrall Shields in successive seasons.


Joe Algar (Ivybridge)

Jacob Bowker (Ivybridge)

Fin Craske (Ivybridge)

Scott Crocker (Ivybridge)

George Dixon (Ivybridge)

Jack Donne (Ivybridge)

Will Ford (DHSB)

Alfie Fothergill (Eggbuckland)

Owen Grimes (Heles)

Elliot Hamilton (Plymouth College)

Shaun Hillier (St. Boniface)

Frank Lovett (Ivybridge)

Elliot O’Connor (Heles)

Owen Raven (Ivybridge)

Tom Trace (DHSB)

Alfie Wotton (Plymstock)


Dan Gill (Plymouth Studio School) – Manager

Jon Harris & Gary Menzies (Discovery College) – Coaches

2017 Broad

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