Cougars return to winning ways with victory over Village
North Village 0
Devonshire Cougars 2
First half goals from Makai Battersbee and Jesse Seymour were enough to get Devonshire Cougars back on winning ways at Bernard Park yesterday.
Bettersbee's strike in the 29th minute, and Seymour's two minutes later solidified the points for the defending champions who lost to Somerset Trojans last week.
“It was never going to be an easy game, especially on the road against Village, but we had enough to get the points and the win is what was the most important thing,” said Cougars skipper Chris Caisey.
“Any points on the road are vital and go a long way to determining where you finish the season.
“We will look back at this match and see what we did right and where we can still improve.”
Cougars won a penalty after 15 minutes but winger Domico Coddington couldn't convert from spot, crashing his effort against the crossbar.
They took the lead, though, on the half hour mark when Battersbee beat Village goalkeeper Troy Hall from just inside the area.
The hosts found themselves two down two minutes later when Seymour slotted home past Hall.
With Battersbee and Seymour having their way down the Village right flank, it was too late for the Rams to make adjustments without being caught out for a third time.
Although Village pressed for a way back into the match, Cougars centre halves Kijuan Franks and Darius Cox stuck to the task of protecting their side's lead.
“This is just one game and we need to get better with each passing game, but for now we will enjoy the win, and after today focus on the next match which is against the same team next weekend,” added Caisey.
Devonshire Cougars: K Trott, J Seymour, D Cox, K Franks, Z White (Z Iris, 67), P Parsons, M Steede, K Steede (D Daniels, 58), D Coddington, K Tucker (M Battersbee, 19), C Caisey
Subs not used: K Desilva, J Furbert-Wade, R Nesbitt, M Steede, D Daniels, A Parsons
Goals: M Battersbee, 29, J Seymour, 31
Yellow: C Caisey
North Village: T Hall, S Fubler, J Crockwell, D Tankard, T Watson (K Dill, 58), P Smith (J Dickinson, 47), J Smith-Deshields, K Bean, T Burgess, J Davis, G Greaves (M Paynter, 67)
Subs not used: D Chambers, P Castle,
Yellow: J Davis
Referee: E Holmes
Man of the Match: M Steede
Somerset Trojans 1
Dandy Town 5
Dandy Town stayed top of the Premier Division with a comfortable win over Somerset Trojans at Somerset Cricket Club on Saturday night.
Seion Darrell scored the game's opening goal in the 23rd minute, only to be cancelled out when Trojans' Leo Burgess converted from the spot a minute later.
Town goalkeeper Treadwell Gibbons got his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot in the 29th minute to put the visitors ahead for the second time.
Hornets' Temiko Goater added another in the 40th minute, Jahmel Swan's scored his side's fourth in the 51st before a Trojans defender turned the ball into his own net.