Cougars see off battling Colts
A controversial Kwame Steede penalty helped Devonshire Cougars book their place in the Friendship Trophy final at Somerset Cricket Club last night.
Cougars' win over St George's was the second time this season that Cougars have dumped the East End club out of a cup competition at the semi-final stage.
And while Colts could have no complaints about their exit from the FA Cup earlier this season, last night was a different story.
With Cougars struggling to put together a meaningful attacking move, and the final pass letting them down when they did occasionally threaten to do so, St George's were well in the game and might have been several goals to the good as the hour mark came and went.
Then Tamani Steede tripped over his own shoelaces in the penalty area, went down, and was awarded a penalty much to the consternation of the St George's defenders.
Kwame Steede is not one to look that sort of gift horse in the mouth and promptly fired his side in front. From that moment on Cougars dominated the rest of the game, and while there were a few nervy moments at the end, the Big Cats scrambled, hacked, and booted clear any threat before it had a chance to seriously develop.
In the cold light of day, Colts might consider that they only had themselves to blame for allowing the game to still be a contest when Steede stepped up to take the penalty.
Having survived a scare early on, when Neil Paynter cleared a Tamani Steede effort off the line, Colts gradually began to get the better of things as the first half wore on.
Jarreau Hayward sent a header straight at Ricardo Brangman when he was unmarked in the box, Jahron Dickinson had a corner tipped over the bar, and Clay Darrell had another header clawed off the line by Brangman.
It was a similar story after the break and David Signor went closer still when his toe-poke trickled across the face of the Cougars goal.
Despite all this Cougars were largely the better team, but had an uncharacteristically bad day in the final third.
Not that that will be of any consolation to St George's, who will certainly still be feeling hard done by this morning.
In last night's Shield semi-final Lorenzo Simmons scored twice, and Dejon Simmons once as Hamilton Parish comfortably beat BAA 3-0.