A BRACE from skipper Kieran Parkin eased Peninsula Premier East champions Brixham to a 2-0 win away at Teignmouth last night, writes Kyle Tagg.
A goal in each half from the Fishermen’s top scorer proved to be the difference – but his side would finish up with 10 men following Reece Somers’ late dismissal at Coombe Valley.
The Teigns fashioned their first real sight of goal with seven minutes played when Brad Breslan back-heeled into the path of Ash Donohue who fired over the crossbar.
Brixham had the ball in the net nine minutes later when Parkin nodded in what he thought was his side’s opener – but a tight looking offside call would cut short his celebrations.
He would only have to wait seven more minutes to get his side up and running when he latched onto a perfectly-weighted pass by Aaron Wellington to roll home beyond home stopper Zach Lee.
Jack Baxter – on as a first-half sub for the stricken Piers MacLauchlan – came closest to levelling the scores just before the interval as his dipping effort from range fell just over Grant Fisher’s crossbar.
Seven minutes after the break Parkin struck his second of the evening by smartly picking out the far corner of Lee’s net.
The hosts kept knocking on the door but with no answer. Donohue latched onto a through ball, danced into the box and shot straight at Fisher, before Scott Baxter headed over from a corner with eight minutes left.
Brixham youngster Tom Mortimore had the chance to grab a late third when Lee fumbled a cross, but the teenager’s resulting effort was blocked and cleared away to safety.
And his side would play the final three minutes a man short after a misplaced shoulder saw Somers dismissed for his second bookable offence.
‘I think we were poor if I’m being honest,’ admitted Teignmouth manager Liam Jones at full-time. ‘We probably played into their hands.
‘They’re tight, they’re disciplined and you can’t give away possession like we did and not get punished by them.
‘It’s disappointing because we’ve been on a good run and we thought we’d have a good go at them but they deserve credit. They’ve made a lot of teams look average this year.
‘Fair play to them, they’re a well-oiled machine and I’ve just said to our lads that we should probably learn lessons from that.’