Cougars win nine-goal thriller
Devonshire Cougars 6 Somerset Trojans 3
Devonshire Cougars overcame an early two-goal deficit to win the Charity Cup over Somerset Trojans at Goose Gosling Field last night.
A brace from Domico Coddington and single strikes from Zeiko White, Drewonde Bascome, Kwame Steede and Makai Battersbee capped off the victory for last season's Triple Crown champions who can now add another piece of silverware to their collection.
Somerset got goals through Leo Burgess, Jameko Harvey-Outerbridge and Adrian Burrows to supply the firepower for the men from the west end.
“It's good to get the win but what we must do now is try and alter a few things, but we won . . . ” said Cougars coach Dennis Brown.
“We gave away a few silly goals, missed some good chances and also the penalty, but we knocked the ball around well tonight.
“There is some room for improvement.”
The coaches' words spoke loudly for Cougars' first-half performance as the team were guilty for their own demise.
It was their own complacency that allowed Trojans to strike first in the fourth minute when Leo Burgess strolled into the back post unmarked.
Their fortunes could have turned after Kwame Steede was brought down by Burgess inside the box, but Moses Steede would be left to rue a gilt edge chance as he pushed his spot-kick wide.
It got worse for the League and FA Cup champions as they went two goals down after 12 minutes when Jameko Harvey-Outerbridge doubled Somerset's lead.
Cougars got back into the match when a Kwame Steede header deflected off Coddington and into the back of the net in the 29th minute.
Kwame Steede was the orchestrator of Cougars' second goal as he dummied a corner that fell to White who sidefooted from 12 yards just before the break.
Coddington grabbed his second after he was played through by Steede, rifling his effort shot past the onrushing Shaquille Bean in the 55th minute.
Bascome struck from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute after yet another Trojans defender would haul down an opponent, this time Demitri Daniels.
Burrows scored an early candidate for goal of the year with a thumping header to make the match 4-3 midway through the second half, but a peach of a goal from Kwame Steede and another from Battersbee put the final nail in the coffin.
“The Charity Cup jinx don't mean anything to me, you go out to win in any game and we just came out tonight and got a job done while seeing we were are right now.
“We are out to win everything we plan for, so I'll take this and anything else.”