Brixham claim Devon Senior Cup with hard-earned win over Okehampton
BRIXHAM claimed the Devon Senior Cup by beating Okehampton 35-20 in front of a bumper crowd at Astley Park on Saturday.
Going into the final few minutes of the game there was only eight points separating the sides, but Brixham centre Marc Koteczky scored a fine individual try in injury-time to put the match beyond doubt.
South West One outfit Okehampton certainly took the game to their higher league opposition and gave their hosts plenty to think about.
But Brixham, who had overcame National Three South West rivals Ivybridge and Newton Abbot in the previous rounds, dug deep to claim only their second Devon Senior Cup win since 1932.
Their last victory came two years ago, but Saturday was the first time they had won it in front of their own supporters.
Ben Lovell gave them an early lead with a penalty, but Okehampton, missing their player-coach Gareth Evans who was playing for the Navy at Twickenham, hit straight back and scored a try courtesy of scrum-half Joe Bruce.
Six minutes later Brixham retook the lead when man-of-the-match Malcolm Onsando forced his way over from close range. Lovell was unable to add the conversion but Brixham were 8-5 up.
It got better for the Fisherman on 32 minutes when prop Russell Morris went over from close range after player-coach Martin Worthington took a quick tap penalty. Lovell converted to make it 15-5.
However, straight from the restart, Brixham were penalised and Richard Friend kicked the penalty to leave his side just seven points behind at the break.
Okehampton started the second period really well. Friend missed an early penalty before winger Kevin Dennis scored their second try out wide on the left to make it 15-13.
That try seemed to kick Brixham into action and five minutes later they went 22-13 in front when powerful prop Morris scored his second try, which Lovell converted.
Lovell then kicked two penalties to put the Fishermen 28-13 and looking in control.
But Okehampton rallied late on and the dangerous Dennis scored a second try, which Gary Sizmur converted, to make it 28-20.
They continued to press and Brixham were reduced to 14 men for a penalty and Okehampton went for goal to reduce the gap to one score, but surprisingly Sizmur missed.
Brixham were then awarded a penalty at the other end but Ed Barnes, playing his last game for the club, also missed.
It looked like the game might end 28-20, but Australian centre Koteczky showed his class to cut through Okehampton’s defence and stretch out to score on the right. Barnes converted before the referee blew for full time.
The trophies were presented by Devon RFU president Maureen Jackson.