Exeter City Women striker Connie Pengelly has departed the Club over the weekend, ending a successful 18-month spell for the 18-year-old.
As part of the Girls Development Centre, Connie has progressed through the pathway at Exeter City, studying at Exeter College as part of the Women’s Football Academy and being awarded the coveted Number nine shirt at only sixteen years of age.
After a super sub appearance saw Connie score twice against Swindon Town in the FA Cup in 2020, she was part of the team that won the Devon County Cup in 2021. The young forward enjoyed a breakthrough season the following year, scoring twenty-eight goals in all Competiton's and sharing the League’s Golden Boot award with AFC Bournemouth’s Becki Bath.
In May, Connie was voted the Young Player of the Year for the 2021/22 Season at the Club’s End of Season Gala and has enjoyed a strong start to this season. Playing in all of City’s twelve games, starting eight, she has scored ten goals including a five-goal demolition of Saltash United. A regular in City’s current unbeaten run, the forward has now decided to move away from the Club.
City Joint Manager Abbie Britton was keen to acknowledge Connie’s part in the team’s recent progress. “We are sad to be losing Connie. She’s been a prolific striker who will be missed by all her teammates, coaches and supporters.
"Connie has a desire to play more regular football and feels she can achieve that at another Club. We wish Connie all the best, thank her for her commitment to the team and hope to see her back in Red and White again in the future.”
City are blessed with attacking options and the strength of that area of that pitch will now be utilised heading in to a huge game at the weekend, the Grecians take on Portishead Town in the FA Cup Second Round on Sunday Afternoon looking to make it nine successive wins.