Coddington right man at right time
Domico Coddington said he was more than happy to perform the “super-sub” role after his scoring heroics for Devonshire Cougars during the festive period.
Coddington’s return home could not have come at a more opportune time for Cougars, with the former Bermuda forward scoring the winner against PHC Zebras in the Friendship Trophy final on New Year’s Day.
Just as he did against North Village on Boxing Day, when he bagged a brace, Coddington was introduced midway through the second half to provide Cougars with some cutting edge, scoring with a glancing header in the 78th minute.
“I didn’t want to disrupt the team because they have been playing so well and I didn’t want to come in like I’m something special,” said Coddington, who lives in England.
“I just wanted to do what I could for the team and help them while I’m here.
“The goal came at the right time for us and it’s all about being in the right position at the right time, and a lot of luck.”
Coddington has been following Cougars’ fortunes closely this season and said it felt great to wear “the mighty green and gold again” after a two-year absence.
“I was keeping a close eye on the Robin Hood game [in the quarter-final] and it ended up working out for me,” he said.
“[Winning the Friendship Trophy] feels like a present. I leave in a few days as I only came back for the holidays to see family and friends.
“I’m living in England with my wife and three kids. I’m still playing a bit as well.”
The 32-year-old said Cougars’ vibrant young side reminded him of the team he first broke into alongside Omar Butterfield, the first-team coach, at Devonshire Recreation Club many years ago.
“This is how I came up with Cougars, with a bunch of mates all playing together and fighting for each other,” Coddington said. “All of these guys are really tight and stick together.”
Coddington, who won Triple Crown with Cougars in 2013, felt his side were worthy winners against PHC at Wellington Oval.
“PHC are undefeated in the league but I felt we looked the better of the two teams,” he added. “There’s a lot of potential in this team.
Butterfield hailed Coddington’s contribution and said his return had given the dressing room a huge boost.
“Domico has the experience and knowhow,” he said. “He knows how to get the ball in the back of the net.”
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