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Thompson stuns Somerset with early winner

Somerset Trojans 0 St. George's Colts 1

Donavan Thompson's first-minute goal was enough for St George's Colts to stun Somerset Trojans 1-0 in the FA Cup first round at Somerset Cricket Club on Saturday night.

With barely 20 seconds gone, the St George's were already on the attack and they were able to score a goal from their very first chance. After a quick build-up on the left wing, the ball was played in front of the Somerset goal and Thompson was on hand to apply the simplest of finishes from close range and leave the Trojans shell-shocked.

Falling a goal behind early on, at home is always disappointing, but things could have gone even worse for the Trojans. In the fourth minute, St George's had the ball in the back of the net again, but it was ruled out for a foul on the last defender.

St George's continued to bring the game to their West End rivals, for the rest of the half but were unable to find a second goal, and that kept the Trojans in the match.

The second half was more open. Ten minutes after the restart, St. George's had another goal ruled out for a foul. And then, Somerset had their first real opportunity, but Leo Burgess's smart finish from close range was ruled out for offside.

Then, the nine-times FA Cup winners were awarded a free kick, after the St. George's goalkeeper handled the ball outside of the area, but substitute Jaz Ratteray-Smith clattered his free kick against the wall.

Philip Anderson, of St George's, was then sent off after receiving a second yellow, and it seemed as if the tide of the match was finally beginning to change in favor of the Trojans. It certainly seemed that way when Ratteray-Smith found himself in acres of space moments later, but somehow managed to waste his golden opportunity, which proved to be Somerset's last chance of the game


Somerset Trojans (4-3-3): J Morrissey – E Heyliger (sub: J Seymour, 56min) T Ming, S Brangman, R Quinn – C Durham (sub: A Trott, 56) M Joell, Jadan Ratteray-Smith – L Burgess, J Corday, R Simmons (sub: Jaz Ratteray-Smith, 45). Substitutes not used: J Butterfield, H Butterfield, Z Darrell. Booked: None.

St. George's Colts (4-3-3): Z Burgess – D Signor, G Wade, P Anderson, K Carlington (sub: C Wade, 60) – T Govia (sub: K Butterfield, 38), J Carlington, J Hayward – J Bassett, M Simmons, D Thompson. Substitutes not used: Z Burrows. Booked: Govia, Anderson, Hayward. Sent off: Anderson

Referee: A Francis.

Donavan Thompson's early goal gave St George's the shock win (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published January 14, 2018 at 11:08 am (Updated January 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm)

Thompson stuns Somerset with early winner

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