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Cougars and Village ready for showdown

North Village and Devonshire Cougars lock horns tonight to settle matters in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at BAA Field. after the first game ended 1-1 at Devonshire Rec.

Village forced the replay after scoring late on against two-time defending champions Cougars earlier this month, a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.

A Kwame Steede penalty gave the hosts the lead before Village striker Keishen Bean goal levelled matters after the break, and even after extra-time, neither side could find a winner.

Both teams won at the weekend in Premier Division, with Cougars all but ending PHC’s league title hopes, while Village made hard work of their 3-2 victory over St David’s.

For Cougars skipper Kijuan Franks, his team’s comforable 3-0 win over PHC was an effective warm up for tonight’s must win match.

“The game against PHC was a good result, we had the majority of our regulars out there besides one or two but we are pleased with the result,” said Franks.

“Obviously, they were playing to stay in the title race and we are preparing for a big game(against Village) to defend our FA Cup title so it was good for us.

“We are ready for the game as we can be and we can only put our best effort forward for the match.”

Village are set to relinquish their Digicel Premier Division title having endured an inconsistent league campaign.

Shaun Goater’s side have shown greater form in the cup competitions how consistency in cup competitions, however, winning the Charity Cup and Friendship Trophy, while losing to Dandy Town in the Dudley Eve final.

More importantly, Village have come out on top against Cougars in their previous nine games prior to the quarter-final game earlier this month.

In the last two meeting in the league, the Rams have triumphed 2-0 and 5-3, and Village striker Ralph Bean is adament they can adance past Cougars as they look to lift another piece of silverware this term.

“This is the last thing we have to play for being we are out of the league title race, so this is our season,” said Bean. “We haven’t won it in a few years and given how the season has gone, we definitely want to come out and look for this win to give to our fans.”

Village haven’t lifted the FA Cup since the won the Triple Crown in 2006.

Kick off tonight is 9pm.

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Published February 28, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 28, 2012 at 7:45 am)

Cougars and Village ready for showdown

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