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Intermediate final great success

Both Devon & Exeter teams praised highly as football returns

Farway United and Bishop Blaize can both feel immensely proud of their efforts in friday nights A & S Paving Devon Intermediate Cup final. Praise has come in from all quarters and both teams deserve full marks.

Football exploded back into action with the final at Coach Road Newton Abbot. Farway captured the trophy with a 5-4 penalties victory over Bishop Blaize, following a cracking 90 minutes which had ended 2-2. The village side who were crushed 6-0 in the 2003 final, their only other appearance, were elated to bring the coveted trophy won last season by Combe Martin, back to East Devon.

The 119th final is the first ever to be staged on Coach Roads new 3G pitch, so history was created in numerous areas with the occasion. During the week the game was switched from being a behind closed doors final to allow in supporters, and they were not disappointed by the action that followed.

Farway were the better side in the first half and went 2-0 ahead with goals from brothers Billy and Oliver Reed, but the Blaize hit back in the second half through Matt Finn and Ethan Matthews to level up. Penalties from both teams were superbly taken but the one that cost Blaize was a brilliant save by the Farway keeper from Matthews ironically the man of the match.

Defeat for Bishop Blaize who were reformed in 2018 previously known as the Village Inn, was their first of the season after they had led Division 6 of the D & E League having won all 12 of their matches played.

Some other facts and figures. Of the alltime 119 Devon Intermediate cup winners Farway are just the 23rd Exeter and District league team to capture the trophy. Only two of those teams have ever won it twice, Friars Exeter, and Willeys Social Club, although Elmore 1sts and 2nds have both won it. Axminster Town have won the cup three times, but then as members of the Perry Street League.

Next friday August 28th Bampton will face Mount Gould in the Devon Premier cup final again at Coach Road 7pm. The ponies were given a walkover into the final as their semi opponents Exeter University had to withdraw because of the Covid 19 panademic. However no date is yet known for the Senior final between Thorverton and Millbridge.

Sunday 23rd August 2020