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Shephard praises Ability Counts’ effort

Posted: Fri 01 Mar 2013
Author: Kelly Somers

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Ability Counts manager Kate Shephard has praised the effort of her side following their FA Disability Cup first round defeat to Exeter City.

After the elation of being awarded a place in the inaugural cup, the side representing AFC Bournemouth were defeated 7-1 by a strong Exeter City at Devon County FA ‘s ground in Newton Abbott last Sunday.
However the manager, who is also the club’s chairman, could not speak highly enough of her players for their application.
“The score really doesn’t do justice to the amount of effort and determination the lads put in,” she told
“I am so proud of them all - they put every effort possible into the game and portrayed the whole club as a very professional outfit.
“They understood that they were beaten but it was not a bad effort for their first game.”
The Cherries found themselves 3-0 behind at half time, and despite a courageous attempt at a comeback in the second period, another early City goal killed their momentum.
A period of pressure midway through the second half was soon rewarded with a goal, scored by Andrew Short, but Exeter killed any chances of a late revival with three more goals in the final twenty minutes.
“The lads’ legs tired as the game went on, and this enabled Exeter to take advantage and get the three late goals,” she added.
“They ran their socks off for 90 minutes – which was a long time for them considering that it was the first time they had ever played for that long and in an 11-a-side game.
“Exeter also fielded a team of Premiership standard players, whereas our players were made up of a mix of Championship and League level players – so ours were too levels below theirs.
The side are now returning their focus to the Dorset and Wiltshire Ability Counts League, which both the League and Championship teams are currently top of the table in.
Ross Pickering (GK), Marcus Pidgley, Sonny Gannaway, Chris Dade, Andrew Short, Martin Keeping, Dean Woodrow, Michael O'Mara, Chris Hubble, Nick Oliver, James Williams, Gareth Potter, Dan Watson, Dan Short, Rob Brennan (GK), Alex Campbell
How They Lined up:
Starting 11: Pickering (Brennan), Woodrow, Oliver, Pidgley, Williams, Campbell (Hubble), Dade, Keeping, Gannaway, A Short (1), Potter (Watson)
Unused Sub: D Short
Out due to Illness: O'Mara