Bitter sweet for the Dons but they are champions
First ever final for St Thomas in first ever season
It was mixed emotions for Starcross Dons as they missed out on a first ever Devon Intermediate cup final but then learned they had been crowned Division Seven champions. The Dons lost their cup semi final to St Thomas 4-3 on penalties after ending the game 3-3, but the grapevine swept in the news that Thorverton had fallen 4-0 at Dolton Rangers, which meant the Dons had become the first team this season to capture a league title. Scorers for Dolton in their last match were Quinton Smith 2, Declan Hutchings and Kieran McGinley.
Meanwhile St Thomas, in their first ever season, are through to the final which takes place in May where they will face Ivybridge Towns third team who also squeezed through on penalties 6-5 after drawing 1-1 with Walden Athletic.
For the first team in over a decade there will be no Devon & Exeter league side in the Devon Senior cup final. Topsham Town Res crashed out 2-0 at home to Kingsteignton Athletic after playing much of the game with ten men, and Teignmouth Res are also out beaten by the same score at Chudleigh Athletic.
Seaton Town booked a place in the quarter finals of the Bill Slee Cup after a 4-0 win against Cullompton Rangers, and will now face Devon Yeoman.
The weather put paid to the few league matches scheduled in Division Five and the only Division Six game to survive was at the University where they were 8-3 winners against Central. Mike Turbin with a nap hand and singles from Finn McCarthy, Harry Kent and Bignell.
Morchard Bishop also ended their season on a bright note as they made sure of at least third place in Division Seven winning 3-1 at Otterton. Chris Andrews, Adam Bell and Josh Doe with the goals, Josh Rowland getting one back for the Otters.
Priory hopes of getting off the basement rung were squashed by a 4-2 home defeat to Cheriton Fitzpaine.
Whipton & Pinhoe and Cranbrook United the top two in Division Eight shared a 1-1 draw which for both was not the result they wanted with favourites Heart of Oak routing Newton St Cyres 8-0. Kye Steward was the Cranbrook scorer in their match.
Westexe Pak Rangers won an entertaining game at City Raiders 5-4 whose Jack Godfrey and Jordan Garbutt both scored twice.
However the City Raiders second team have still not quite clinched the Division Nine title after being held by Ex Dons to a 1-1 draw whose Jack Cole scored their goal.
The other game in this section was a 4-1 win by South Zeal at Feniton, James Simons, Liam Benstead, Dillon Nicholas and Luke Jones all with a goalapiece for the winners.
Sunday 6th March 2022