Ten man Village crash to defeat in Cayman Islands
Elite Sports Club 2 North Village 1
North Village's chances of topping their CFU Club Championships group went up in smoke last night after losing to Elite Sports Club in the Cayman Islands.
The Rams needed a win to stand a realistic chance of advancing to the next stage of the competition but were undone by individual errors and poor finishing.
Elite Sports Club, Cayman Islands' domestic champions, took the lead after 13 minutes when Village goalkeeper Jason Williams misjudged a long clearance, inadvertently pushing the ball into his own net.
Williams was then dismissed on 37 minutes to leave Village facing a mountain to climb to keep their qualifying hopes alive, although Keishen Bean gave the visitors hope when he equalised with a smart volley midway through the second period.
Village found themselves trailing again, however, when Elite Sports Club regained their lead five minutes later through Rene Carter, who found the net to the seal victory for the hosts at the TE McField Playing Field. Rams' striker Keishen Bean was also shown a red card after the final whistle.
Shaun Goater, Village's head coach, believed his side had two blatant penalties turned down by the referee and thought they were better of the two teams, even with ten men.
“We totally dominated the game and they were looking to play on the counterattack even when he had ten men,” said Goater, whose team qualified for the region's premier club tournament by winning the 2010-11 Premier Division title.
“We had chances to win the game and conceded a disappointing first goal through an error by Jason Williams which brought them into the game.
“We then had Jason sent off just before half-time which gave them the momentum to come out with in the second period.
“Although we managed to pull a goal back, we then conceded again when our defence failed to clear and they pounced on it and scored.
“I felt there were two blatant penalties that were turned down, two handballs, but that's just the way it goes they were obvious penalties.”
Goater insisted his was proud of players' efforts despite their disappointing defeat.
“It's frustrating because we played the better football even with ten men,” he said. “But I'm proud of the players tonight and it's just disappointing we could get the goals we needed.”
Village opened their CFU Club Championship campaign with a 0-0 draw against George Town Sports Club at the weekend.
Group One leaders Elite Sports Club take on George Town tomorrow night in the final group game.
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