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Sub Cannonier grabs winner for Colts

St George’s Colts 2 Somerset Trojans 1

Super sub Angelo Cannonier was the toast of the town after leaping from the bench to score St George’s’ winner in a see-saw battle at Wellington Oval yesterday.

Cannonier came on as a 75th minute sub with the game hanging in the balance and took just seconds to strike the decisive blow that left Trojans completely gutted.

The St George’s striker latched onto a half hearted clearance, kept his composure when it mattered most and lobbed the ball over the advancing Shaquille Bean to ignite joyous scenes around the ground.

Cannonier’s late winner capped a dominant spell by St George’s that eventually took its toll on a Trojans side that struggled to cope with the long ball playing with the wind in their faces in the second half.

Earlier, St George’s talisman Jahron Dickinson and Somerset’s Jonathan Bean traded goals to send the two teams in the dressing room at the half deadlocked at 1-1.

Had it not been for some poor finishing and timely saves by Trojans ‘keeper Bean the home side might’ve come away with an even wider margin of victory.

Bean twice denied St George’s winger Jarizinho Bassett at the near post while Trojans defender Keija Simmons cleared Dickinson’s goal-bound effort off the line as the home team began to sense blood.

Trojans might have felt hard done not to come away with at least a share of the spoils having created ample scoring opportunities in front of goal, particularly in the first-half with the wind at their backs.

The visitors moved the ball around the spacious pitch with purpose from the outset and their superior off -the-ball running gradually stretched St George’s thin.

Trojans nearly cracked the ice when Geno Smith’s shot from close range was saved by St George’s ‘keeper Shae Pitcher. The visitors were also unlucky not to score from a goalmouth scramble moments later.

Having absorbed the early pressure, St George’s eventually settled down and began creating chances of their own after taking control of the middle of the park.

Dickinson had a volley tipped over by Bean, Allan Douglas made a hash of a breakaway and the omnipresent Jarreau Hayward sliced just wide of the upright.

Trojans’ luck eventually ran out in the 20th minute when Dickinson netted his eighth goal in his last five appearances after turning in Clay Darrell’s searching cross in the middle.

But any thoughts St George’s might’ve had of clinging to their one goal cushion at the half were cruelly dashed in the 38th minute as Trojans striker Bean blasted the ball past Pitcher from close range amid appeals from the home side for offside.

Trojans created very few clear cut opportunities to score after the break and their inability to deal with the long ball played wide or over the top often left them exposed at the back.

After going close on several occasions St George’s finally settled this affair through Cannonier’s late heroics.

The St George’s striker blocked an attempted clearance in midfield, gained control of the loose ball and buried his shot past the ‘keeper off the inside of the upright after dribbling several yards under pressure.

St George’s: S Pitcher, E Signor, C Durham, J Darrell, G Wade, J Hayward, D Signor, C Darrell (A Cannonier, 75), J Bassett, J Dickinson (J Hayward, 85), A Douglas (J Carlington, 83)

Goals: J Dickinson (19), A Cannonier, 76)

Yellow card: C Durham

Somerset: S Bean, J Rogers, J Harvey-Outerbridge, T Ming, K Simmons, G Smith (M Jones, 82), T Harvey, A Trott (J Scott, 67), J Bean, T Wade, R Simons (J Simons, 66)

Goals: J Bean (38)

Yellow cards: J Scott, T Ming

Man of the match: J Dickinson (St George’s)

Referee: M Wyer

St George?s players celebrate Angelo Cannonier?s winner at Wellington Oval yesterday. Colts beat Somerset Trojans 2-1.

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Published February 27, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 27, 2012 at 8:29 am)

Sub Cannonier grabs winner for Colts

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