The annual football league cup celebrates the talents of our Devonshire footballers. This nationwide competition aims to find a school team to represent their local team involved in each of the 4 football league division. For the third year in a row we attended the University to enter the Exeter City F.C branch of this esteemed competition. Winning teams go on to Wembley to compete against all of the other nationwide winners!
From previous experience, we knew that was way out of our grasp due to the vast number of schools who enter who are considerably larger than ourselves. In the 3 years we have attended, we have never scored a goal and our best result was a 0-0 draw!
Incredibly, we re-wrote the records this year with performances of epic magnitude. I am so proud of our 7 representatives from the Exmoor Link Federation who played the games of their lives. We knew instantly it was going to be a good day with an opening 1 – 0 victory against Montgomery.
Our first goal ever, our first win ever in the tournament. It was already our best performance in the EFL Cup and there was more to follow. We ground out a 0-0 draw vs Stoke Cannon before tasting victory again, 1 – 0 against St Leonards. The confidence was spilling out of us and the euphoria on the side lines from our travelling supporters (there were 2 of them) was a joy to behold.
The icy hail and strong winds could not dampen our day. The results were fantastic but more importantly the commitment and attitude from our players was unfaultable. With one game to go we had a chance of topping our group and making the quarterfinals.
Uppottery, whom had already knocked in several goals past many of their opponents stood between us and the quarters. It was a bright start with both teams looking comfortable on the ball. A very near miss from our corner, gave us that belief that we could do this, however a break away attack from the following corner put us a goal behind.
Despite an enormous effort we were unable to draw level, loosing the game 1 – 0 but winning the admiration from ourselves for their amazing achievement at such a high level competition. We are so very very proud of this sporting achievement. Well done to our super seven.