Smith hits target twice for Archers
Shia Smith netted a brace to power Warwick Archers Bows to a 4-1 victory over Somerset in the Under-15 Leonard DeRoza Holder final at Wellington Oval on Sunday.
Christian Lugo put Warwick ahead in the seventh minute when he left his marker in his wake and scored from a shot from the edge of the box.
Nathan Furbert, the Warwick defender and captain, then headed in from a corner in the twelfth minute to extend his team’s lead.
Smith made it 3-0 two minutes later when he capitalised on a breakaway.
K’Fori Butterfield pulled one back for Somerset before the interval from the penalty spot after Warwick were penalised for a foul in the area.
Smith restored Warwick’s three-goal cushion in the 65th minute when he converted a rebound after his initial effort was saved after being played through by Lugo.
Warwick, a branch of the Robin Hood programme, pressed on in search of more goals and had a confident appeal for a penalty rejected after substitute Ajani Lee, son of Paget Lions coach Robert Lee, was brought down in the box.
But by then the damage had already been done.
“I think things went according to plan and I was very pleased with my team’s performance,” Dennis Brown, the Warwick coach, said.
“I put demands on these young men in relation to how we train and they have met all the challenges.
“This is only our third year in the programme and I think the players are going from strength to strength.”
Troy Smith, the Somerset assistant coach, said: “It was a good contest and it was all about the performance on the day. The team that performed better won the game.”
The occasion was a truly memorable one for Warwick captain Furbert and for good reason.
“It was a really special day winning my first trophy,” he said. “We went at them strong from the start and didn’t give them any slack and kept it throughout the game.
“We fell apart a bit with that penalty, but that happens.”
Warwick’s Smith and Somerset’s Dani Watson were chosen as their teams’ players of the match.
The game was played in memory of Lee Holder, the late Fifa referee instructor and Devonshire Colts president, who died last year after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.