Cougars fight back
Devonshire Cougars 2
Southampton Rangers 2
Devonshire Cougars had to come from behind twice to salvage a draw at home against Southampton Rangers yesterday.
Kwame Steede and Kijuan Franks offset goals from Janeiro Tucker and Vernon Perinchief to leave the two sides sharing the points come the final whistle.
“It was always going to be a hard-fought match but our finishing in front of goal is the reason why we didn't walk away with the full three points,” said Cougars skipper Chris Caisey Jr
His words spoke true to the game as a whole as it was Cougars who should have been home and dry inside the opening 30 minutes.
Winger Domico Coddington had the first real chance of the match but he wasted a good individual run that saw him round Rangers ‘keeper Jason Smith and scoff his effort from 12 yards.
Rangers striker Dion Stovell had a chance to put the visitors ahead two minutes later but with the goal at his mercy he could only find the side netting.
Rangers captain McQuinn Burch hauled down Kwame Steede in the area in the 30th but Smith would stop Caisey's penalty kick, although the effort was less than convincing.
The first blow would come in the 45th when Stovell was left unmarked on a counter attack and his precise cutback into the heart of the Cougars defence found Tucker at the back post for the easiest goal he will score all season.
The hosts would be on level terms in the 54th when Steede's header had just enough height on it to beat Smith.
Perinchief would give Rangers their second lead of the day in the 74th, finishing off a neat piece of passing.
Just when they thought they were within touching distance of the major scalp, defender Franks slammed home from four yards after Smith couldn't deal with the presence of striker Mark Steede who engineered the chance fort he champions.
Devonshire Cougars: K Trott, J Butterfield (K Tucker, 54), K Franks, Z White, J Seymour, P Parsons (M Steede, 85), K Steede, D Coddington, D Bascome, C Caisey, K Steede
Subs not used: K Desilva, T Dill, R Nesbitt, M Battersbee
Goals: K Steede, 54, K Franks, 86
Yellow: Z Iris, P Parsons, M Steede
Southampton Rangers: J Smith, K Simmons, M Burch, J Charles, Tankard, V Perinchief, R Lowe (K Durrant, 69), E Stoneham, J Tucker, D Stovell, K Dyer (K Astwood, 46)
Subs not used: S Williams, DTucker, M Ferreira, J Hill
Goals: J Tucker, 45, V Perinchief, 76
Yellow: J Charles, J Tucker, V Perinchief, D Stovell
Referee: R Cann
Man of the Match: V Perinchief
PHC Zebras 1
Dandy Town 3
Fabian Frankson scored a brace as Dandy Town beat PHC at Southampton Oval.
Frankson opened the scoring in the 16th minute before doubling the lead in the 62nd.
Youngster Ryan Tyrell scored the visitors third ten minutes before the final whistle with Malachi Jones ending the scoring in the 83rd with his first goal of the season.