Plymouth Marjons (SM): 1 vs Plymouth Kolts: 2
Plymouth Kolts reacted perfectly to their defeat the week before by putting in a fine hardworking display away at Marjons. Kolts started the brighter keeping organised throughout the team allowing for dangerous counter attacks on the break. Marjons had a few chances in the first half but player of the match Luke Lacy was equal to anything thrown at him. Kolts broke the deadlock with ten minutes of the first half remaining with Luke Hardman beating his marker and putting the ball through to Tom Walker to finish well past the onrushing keeper. Marjons hit the post right on half-time but Cairan Holder cleared any danger. Marjons looked more threatening in the second half but Kolts stayed organised and midway through the second half produced a fine team goal. Captain Rimae Darlington-Eyre and Omar Talaat were involved and linked up well in the build up with the latter releasing the ball into the left channel for Hardman to race down the wing and after beating his man to cut the ball back for Walker to finish in the far corner from six yards out. Marjons couldn’t control their frustrations and were reduced to ten men, however they managed to pull a goal back with a few minutes remaining but Kolts kept their cool to seal the three points.
Plymouth Kolts: 6 Vs Hatherleigh Youth: 2
Hardman (3), Johnson
200 UP FOR HARDMAN
Plymouth Kolts striker Luke Hardman reached a milestone of 200 goals for his club after his hat-trick helped seal a 2nd round win for Kolts in the Devon cup. Kolts started slowly and needed a great strike from a long range free kick from Leah Johnson to get going. Kolts were soon two up, a corner from Lewis Yeomans was neatly flicked in to the net from player of the match Kian Berry. Hatherleigh pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but then Hardman made it 3-1 just before halftime, chasing down a lost cause with the clearance rebounding off him into the net. Kolts started brightly in the second half but it was Hatherleigh who struck first to make it 3-2. Cairan Holder replied soon after, breaking free from defence and with the play opening up in front of him, he hit a fine strike from distance clearing the outstretched keepers arms and finding the back of the net. Kolts had a spring in their step and soon added another. Tom Walker whipping in a fine free kick which was controlled and then poked home from Hardman in a tight space. Hardman then sealed his hat-trick and two hundred goals for the club when Finlay Humphreys found him in space and he raced past two defenders to finish well into the corner. Hardman was then substituted to a well-earned applause from players and parents alike after his fine achievement for the club. The final whistle sounded five minutes later and the travelling Hatherleigh put up a good fight but it is Kolts who progress into round 3 of the Devon cup.
Plymouth Marjon SJ: 2 vs Plymouth Kolts: 6
Hardman (4), Berry
Plymouth Kolts reacted perfectly from a defeat last week to put in a fine performance away to Marjons. Kolts started brightly and after 15 minutes their pressure paid off as Luke Hardman was released by Kian Berry to skip past the onrushing keeper and then finished superbly well from a tight angle after being forced out wide. Marjons responded soon after against the run of play, equalising from a swift counter attack. Kolts lead was soon restored after Leah Johnson’s shot from a free kick was poked home by Kian Berry before the Marjons keeper could reach it. Hardman then added his second after a fine cross field pass from Finlay Humphreys was met with a sweet half volley sliding under the Marjons keeper. Kolts kept up the pressure early in the second half and Lewis Yeomans got in on the action, firing a fine left foot shot into the top corner from distance. Hardman completed his hat-trick with a fine individual goal, beating three Marjons defenders before adding a fourth after fine build up play between Yeomans and Berry with the latter sliding him through to fire past the keeper. Marjons added a late go of their own but the game belonged to Kolts whose excellent performance sees them win their second game in the league.
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Elm Utd: 3 Vs Plymouth Kolts: 6
Yeadon, Berry, Walker
Plymouth Kolts started their league campaign with good win away to a tough Elm side. Elm started the brighter of the two sides with a lot of the early possession but Kolts soon found there rhythm after captain Rimae Darlington-Eyre put them in front with a wonderfully struck free kick finding the top corner. George Yeadon soon after, added a second with a fine volley from 10 yards out finding the far corner. Elm managed to pull one back just before half-time after Kolts failed to deal with a long ball up the pitch. Luke Hardman added a third ten minutes into the second half after debutant Omar Talaat drove a ball into the box which fell kindly for Hardman to slot past the keeper. Hardman then turned provider for Tom Walker to add a fourth with a smart finish from an angle. Elm kept battling away and pulled a goal back to stay in the match but Kolts soon struck again after some fine play from Walker to release Hardman to add his second of the match. Elm added their third after a mistake at the back was pounced on for their winger to cut the ball back to their striker to tap in. Kolts always looked dangerous going forward and through a brilliant second half from Walker was finished off in style as he lost his marker to cut the ball back for Kian Berry to slot the ball home to seal the win for Kolts.
Barnstaple Youth: 2 vs Plymouth Kolts: 5
Hardman (3), Johnson, Walker
Plymouth Kolts didn't have the best pre-season in preperation for this Devon cup match, with only one friendly game under their belts, however they put in a fine display after a long journey up to north Devon.
The first half was a tight affair with both teams flexing their muscles with good chances but neither team able to break the deadlock before half-time. The second half started with Kolts shooting uphill and soon sprang into life after Luke Hardman won a free kick on the edge of the box. Rimae Darlington-Eyre fired in a shot to the far post in which the Barnstaple keeper could only parry out, however the onrushing Leah Johnson pounced on the back post to fire Kolts ahead. Their lead was short lived as a long ball up field was mis-judged and the Barnstaple striker managed to squeeze his shot past Luke Lacy in goal. Kolts were soon back in front after Hardman raced clear to slot superbly past the keeper. Barnstaple drew level again keeping the cup tie alive but Kolts continued pressure told when Hardman added a third. Darlington-Eyre assisted soon after with a lovely ball over the top for Tom Walker to head past the keeper to score on his Kolts debut. Lewis Yeomans won a penalty late on but was unable to find the net after a good save from the Barnstaple keeper. Kolts made it 5-2 with the last kick of the game when Player of the match Luke Hardman's free kick was curled over the wall and over the top of the keeper.
Plymouth Kolts: 3 vs YMCA All Saints: 1
Darlington – Eyre,
Plymouth Kolts produced a strong performance to secure their second win on the bounce against a tough YMCA side. Kolts broke the deadlock five minutes in with an excellent free kick from Rimae Darlington-Eyre. He placed the ball down 20 yards out a struck a fine shot into the far top corner. Kolts controlled the game in the first half with Tommy Black putting in a player of the match performance in midfield. Kolts added a second before half time following some good football. Kian Berry fired a great shot against the bar with Luke Hardman following in to score from 8 yards out. YMCA started the second half very strongly and ten minutes in were rewarded after a long shot managed to squirm under the unlucky Luke Lacy in goal. He more than made up for it late on however after producing a fine point blank save to deny All Saints during a goal mouth scramble. It fell to another All Saints player who looked to have got the equalizer only for Joe Purse to somehow clear off the line and out from danger. Soon after the excellent Leah Johnson sent a long pass upfield to Hardman who battled with his marker, broke free and slotted a fine finish into the far corner past the All Saints keeper to seal the three points for Kolts. There was still time for a bit of late drama from All Saints to score from a corner but Matt Powton was at hand to clear it away.
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Plymouth Kolts: 8 vs Ivybridge Town: 2
Darlington Eyre (pen)
Plymouth Kolts new that a win today would give them a good platform towards ensuring another season of top flight football. Kolts started very brightly and were soon in front after a driving shot from the edge of the box by Luke Hardman was spilled into the goal by the Ivybridge keeper. Kolts added a second soon after with Kian Berry finishing nicely past the onrushing keeper. Ivybridge pulled a goal back but Kolts kept their heads and Hardman added another firing in to the far corner. Kolts were unlucky not to get more before half time with Berry and Joe Purse coming close to extending their lead. It was Ivybridge who scored before half time against the run of play to trail by one at half time. Ivybridge came out strong in the second half but it was Kolts who scored first after Berry was brought down in the box. Darlington-Eyre stepped up and missed the spot kick with the keeper parrying it back out to him where he was brought down to earn a second penalty, which he scored from. George Yeadon hit the post soon after with a fine strike but Ivybridge managed to clear their lines.Kolts tails were up and Berry scored a fine goal before Hardman completed his hatrick after a scramble in the box. He added another straight after, racing clear and firing his shot into the far corner. Berry, not to be outdone, completed his hatrick by skilfully passing two defenders before poking his shot past the keeper.
Under 14 Grenville
YMCA All Saints: 1 vs Plymouth Kolts: 2
Plymouth Kolts won a hard fought match away at All Saints showing great commitment and teamwork. Kolts started brightly putting All Saints under pressure early on but All Saints always looked dangerous on the break. It was All Saints who broke the deadlock with a free-kick from the edge of the area with Luke Lacy in goal getting a hand to the shot but was unlucky not to keep it out. Kolts kept their heads and got stronger as the half went on and went close from long range with shots from Rimae Darlington-Eyre, Leah Johnson and Luke Hardman. Lewis Yeomans got the match all square after some fine wing play down the left hand side; he out-muscled his defender, cut inside and fired his shot into the top right hand corner. Kolts rallied and just before half-time, Hardman raced clear from his marker after a pass from Kian Berry and he fired into the far corner past the onrushing keeper. The second half didn’t produce any further goals with Kolts having to defend a lot more with pressure from All Saints, however they stood firm and Lacy in goal put in a player of the match performance commanding his area and pulling off a string of fine saves to help keep the three points with Kolts.
DEVON CUP – Round 2 - Match report
Plymouth Kolts: 4 vs Stoke Gabriel Youth: 1
Holder (2), Yeomans (2)
Plymouth Kolts put in fine second half performance against Stoke Gabriel (Paignton) to race into round 3 of the DEVON cup. The first half was a close affair with Stoke Gabriel looking the stronger side against an under par Kolts side. It remained nil-nil at the end of the first half with both sides limited with chances to break the deadlock. The second half came and Kolts looked fired up and didn’t give Stoke Gabriel time on the ball. Their efforts were soon rewarded after Lewis Yeomans broke down the right, cut inside and fired his shot into the far corner from the edge of the area. It was soon two nil to Kolts, a Yeomans corner eventually falling to Cairan Holder to slam home. Yeomans made it three, an excellent long range effort finding the top corner. Stoke Gabriel pulled a goal back after a quick counter but Kolts soon extended their lead after the restart with Luke Hardman and George Yeadon linking up well with the latter sliding the ball to Holder to fire an excellent finish in to the top corner. Holder nearly completed his hat-trick slamming the ball against the crossbar late on but it remained 4-1 to Kolts, who now look forward to the next round of the Devon cup. P.O.T.M - Leah Johnson
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Plymouth Kolts: 3 vs AFC Plympton: 2
Hardman (2), Berry
Plymouth Kolts avenged their early season defeat at the hands of AFC Plympton with a superb hard-fought performance. Right from the start Kolts pressed and harassed Plympton to stop them controlling the tempo and were nearly rewarded early on with fine efforts from Luke Hardman and Kian Berry. Kolts broke the deadlock midway through the first half after excellent work from George Yeadon led to the ball dropping to Hardman to prod home. Kolts looked in control but late pressure from Plympton was rewarded with an Own goal that wrong footed the excellent Luke Lacy in goal. Kolts kept their heads in the second half and were soon back in front after Hardman battled well with two Plympton defenders, raced to the by-line and cut the ball back to Kian Berry to sweep the ball home. AFC Plympton started to get some joy in midfield and levelled things up with a fine move of their own, Kolts then moved player of the match Finlay Humphreys into midfield to help take back control and ease any pressure on the defence. It started to become a tense affair but Kolts wanted this game more and it was Hardman who wrapped up the three points with a fine finish to seal the match.