Cup Glory for Parkway Under 14’s
On Sunday, Plymouth Parkway under 14’s etched their name into history as they won the Devon Cup for the second consecutive season after defeating MAP 2-1 in the final at Coach Road with the game being live streamed from the Devon FA Facebook Page.
Manager Louis Baverstock was a very proud gaffer after the final whistle as the Parkway boss has been involved with the current set of players since the Under 7 age group.
“I’m delighted and very proud of my players, we started the game well but MAP had a good spell late in the first half but I thought after the break there was only one side in it and we deservedly became Devon Cup champions over the course of 90 minutes”, Baverstock explains.
Parkway chairman Mark Russell, who watched from the live feed from home was also a very proud man: “We know how much all managers, coaches, players and volunteers put into the Parkway youth set up week in week out and it was wonderful to see the Under 14’s play so well and get their hands on the Devon Cup once again.”
With the Under 14’s only playing a handful of friendlies since the restart after Coronavirus, their first competitive match would see them play Ottery St. Mary’s in the semi-final before yesterday’s showpiece final.
With the game finely poised at 0-0 at the break, a good team talk at halftime would see Parkway hit two goals from J Jay Honeywill and Archie Wall. MAP would find a goal in the last few minutes, but it wouldn’t be enough as Parkway held on for a famous Devon final cup win.
As they move into the Under 15’s division next season, will they be able to make it a hat-trick of Devon Cup final wins? On current form, it looks as if they will be able to mount a serious challenge and will also aim for success in the top tier of this seasons Devon Junior Minor League campaign.
Coach Road was indeed Yellow on Sunday, on a day the lads will never forget. The progression will continue for the squad as the season starts on October the 4th and the vision that these current youth players could make it into the Parkway first team is very much alive.