Bean: We were better than Cougars’
North Village striker Keishen Bean is adamant his side played the better football in their semi final clash with Devonshire Cougars Sunday despite losing 2-1.
The two city rivals were separated by what Bean described as a harsh penalty decision on his club, and went as far as saying they played the more entertaining football of the two teams.
“I think we played the better football,” Bean stated. “We definitely kept the ball on the grass and attempted to entertain the fans.
“I totally disagree with the penalty decision as well, as both players were on the ground scrapping for the ball and in my eyes there was no foul committed.
“But, I am happy with our performance and despite the loss we will keep playing our football and keep entertaining our fans.”
The Rams demise was ultimately sealed by a foul on Cougars winger Domico Coddington by defender Sean Fubler, who was having a good game until he clipped the winger’s foot just inside the area in the 87th minute.
Drewonde Bascome’s penalty was saved by Troy Hall Jr in the Rams goal, but he could only parry the shot into the path of Jesse Seymour who slotted home from six yards to end the tie.
Another crucial moment in the match was the sending off of Tyrell Burgess for two bookable offences. Acknowledging his team was up against it after Burgess was given his marching orders in the 72nd minute, Bean was clear on which decision referee Ronue Cann made was the turning point of the game.
“In my opinion, I would have to say the penalty. Tyrell deserved to be sent off and we knew that and got over that fact and moved on, but the penalty was detrimental, especially with no time left on the clock.”
Village won’t have long to wait to exact revenge on Sunday’s result, with the two teams set to battle on October 27th at Bernard Park.
Although the result didn’t go their way. the prolific striker believes his side learned a few things about themselves and their opponents that will have them in a good position come next week.
“We gained a lot, we had a decision to make, either play scrappy, kick and run football and try to win, or play how we know and risk the loss and we lost,” said Bean.
“But we will come to the next game with our same style of play.
“I know Gumbo (Ralph Bean Jr) will have a few slight tweaks to the team but we will still play Village football.”
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