Cougars heap more cup misery on PHC
Domico Coddington continued his key role as “super sub” for Devonshire Cougars after scoring the winning goal against PHC Zebras in the Friendship Trophy final at Wellington Oval.
Coddington’s second-half header proved the difference between the two sides and handed Cougars their second cup final win over Zebras this season, having beaten them 1-0 in the Dudley Eve Trophy in November.
It was Coddington’s third goal in two matches since returning home from England, where he now lives, for the festive period, with the former Bermuda forward bagging a brace against North Village in their semi-final on Boxing Day.
In a closely fought match where scoring chances were at a premium, Cougars were good value for their victory with their counter-attacking style causing PHC’s defence a few problems.
“Our game plan worked out perfectly today,” said Omar Butterfield, the Cougars coach.
“We know they’re a good team and we wanted to make them play in front of us, which they did in the first half.
“Some people thought we were the underdogs but we showed our attacking intent and had a good intensity about us.”
Scott Morton, the PHC coach, admits that losing another cup final to Cougars was a bitter pill to swallow.
“It’s tough to come away empty-handed from two finals,” he said.
“I give a lot of credit to Cougars, they hustled us and I congratulate them for winning the trophy. I thought we could have played a bit better.”
Holders BAA were victorious in the First Division Shield after recording a convincing 2-0 victory over St George’s Colts in the earlier match.
The visiting side were worthy winners as they dominated proceedings with some eye-catching football but left it late before finally breaking down a stubborn and experienced St George’s defence.
Forward Willie Clemons, who bagged a hat-trick in his team’s 7-1 demolition of First Division leaders Young Men’s Social Club in the semi-final, broke the deadlock when he outjumped the defence to head in Troy Tucker’s free kick.
Kane Crichlow, the former UE Cornellá youth player, then put the icing on BAA’s second straight Shield title and fourth overall when he drilled in late in stoppage time after St George’s failed to clear their lines.
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