Keeper Trott carries Cougars to victory
Dandy Town 0 Dev.Cougars 0
(after extra time)
Cougars win 3-2 on penalty kicks
Seventeen year old goalkeeper Kioshi Trott was the hero for Devonshire Cougars in last night’s Friendship Trophy final after his three saves during the penalty shoot-out finally separated the two teams at the National Sports Centre.
Trott, coming into his own in his first season as the Cougars number one, stood confidently between the posts after 120 minutes of football between two of the Island’s top teams failed to produce a goal.
Cougars led after the first round of kicks, then were trailing after two straight misses before Domico Coddington scored Cougars’ final penalty and Trott saved Angelo Simmons’ kick.
Captain Moses Steede scored Cougars’ first kick before Trott saved Ajani Gibbons’ effort to his left. LaVintz Tota then had his kick to Treadwell Gibbons’ left saved before the Town ‘keeper took a penalty himself and scored low to Trott’s left.
Chae Brangman put his effort over the bar for Cougars before Damon Ming scored to put Town into the lead.
Kor-Von Tucker netted to make it 2-2 and Seion Darrell saw his shot saved by Trott.
Finally Coddington calmly converted to put Cougars ahead and Trott sparked celebrations when he saved the final Town kick taken by Simmons.
“It is a lottery, basically, in penalty kicks,” said a relieved Cougars coach Dennis Brown afterwards.
“I thought we could have won it in regulation time and extra-time but the Gods didn’t want it that way. At the end of the day I commend my team, most of all the goalkeeper because he took a lot of stick in the first half of the season in situations but he came out big tonight. He’s only 17 years old and the future bodes well for this club. We just need to stay focused, concentrate and keep working hard.
“I thought we dominated the match and it was just a matter of putting our chances away which we didn’t but at the end of the day we won it on penalties. I thought we deserved to win it, we put a lot of time in over Christmas, we trained Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It was just rewards for the time we put in.”
The match will be remembered for a catalogue of misses during the 120 minutes as both teams wasted good opportunities.
It started early when Cougars, looking the sharper during the first 20 minutes, saw a Moses Steede effort from 25 yards tipped over the bar. Before the resulting corner was cleared, Drewonde Bascome fired just too high.
Shaki Tuzo had a header from a free kick turned around the post by Trott as Town began to threaten.The misses were just as frustrating to the fans as the players as Coddington failed to convert from six yards.
The match was held up for some 15 minutes late in the half when a 44th minute clash of heads between Tota and K’wonde Lathan saw both players need treatment before Lathan was taken to hospital by ambulance for a gash to his forehead which later required six stitches. He eventually returned to the ground.
Lathan’s replacement, Caldre Burgess, had a golden chance to break the deadlock in the 69th minute when a ball across the face of the goal reached him at the far post but, on his favoured left foot and with plenty of time, he sidefooted over the top with the goal at his mercy. It was one of the best chances of the game, matched later by Steede’s wasted chance three minutes before the end of the second period of extra-time.
The Cougars captain had been involved in a nice build-up involving Chae Brangman and Coddington who laid the ball the ball back for Steede who sidefooted over from 15 yards after he connected with the ball at knee height and failed to keep it down. Fortunately for him the miss did not prove costly as the midfielder later made amends by scoring Cougars’ first kick from the spot.
Dandy Town: T.Gibbons; K.Lathan (C.Burgess 44min), S.Tuzo, J.Stowe, S.Darrell, S.Furbert (A.Gibbons 73min), D.Ming, R.Trott, K.Tucker A.Simmons, L.Tucker (L.Simmons 67min).
Subs not used: K.Wade, A.Lowe, R.Wells, D.Johnson.
Yellow cards: K.Tucker, J.Stowe, A.Simmons.
Dev.Cougars: K.Trott; D.Williams, D.Cox, L.Tota, Z.White, P.Parsons, J.Seymour (C.Brangman 67min), M.Steede, D.Bascome (C.Trott 76min), D.Coddington, Kor-von Tucker.
Subs not used: J.Smith, K.DeSilva, M.Steede, D.Daniels, M.Battersbee.
Yellow cards: C.Trott, L.Tota, M.Steede, D.Williams.
Man of the match: Kioshi Trott (Dev. Cougars).
Referee: Martin Wyer