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St George’s left to rue late penalty

St George's were left fuming by a late penalty call for handball as Southampton Rangers, the Shield champions, came from behind to win 2-1 in extra time at Bernard Park yesterday.

The penalty was converted by Donte Brangman just two minutes before the end of the second period of extra time, with kicks from the penalty looming. The penalty was given against St George's fullback Gregory Wade when Brangman's across from the right side of the box struck Wade's hand a few feet away. Adams later confirming that he saw it and then confirmed it with his assistant Stacy Babb who indicated the hand came forward.

However, Jarreau Hayward, the St George's player-coach who was standing inside the box, was furious with the call and earned a booking for dissent as he protested the call. “I was really close to the ball, Tracy is an awesome referee and I told him he had a good 118 minutes but that one call was a little harsh on us,” Hayward said afterwards.

“I can see how it could have gone either way but my defender, who was maybe three feet away from the cross and his hands in a natural position. Even the Rangers players and fans said that wasn't a penalty.

“To be honest I needed Tracy to feel my frustration, I was prepared to get a yellow though maybe that was a little bit irresponsible of me.”

Rangers, unbeaten all season, looked heading for a first defeat when 16-year-old Tré McCallan, just on as a substitute, gave St George's the lead with a calm finish in the 75th minute.

St George's endured a nervous last 15 minutes with Rangers piling on the pressure and Jarazinho Bassett going close with two good chances against his former team. First, Bassett blasted over from 10 yards when with just goalkeeper Freddy Hall to beat. Moments later a good cross from Isaiah Taylor went right across the six-yard box where Bassett failed to get a touch at the back post.

The striker did redeem himself with a 90th minute equaliser after a ball inside the box was knocked back for Bassett to blast past Hall from 10 yards. Rangers looked the more likely to score in extra time with Hall solid in goal for St George's.

“I'm really proud of my guys, we battled against not just probably the best team in the first Division but one of the best teams on the island,” Hayward said. “I don't mind losing against a better team but today I thought that was a hard way to lose.”

Devonshire Colts came from behind to thrash ten-men Vasco 4-1 in another Shield quarter-final match at St John's Field yesterday afternoon.

Vasco suffered a setback when Kyle Godfrey was sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity around the 20th minute. However, despite being at a numerical disadvantage the Portuguese club took the lead in the 30th minute when Ryan Lopez converted from the penalty spot after Colts committed a foul in their own box.

Vasco's lead proved short-lived, though, as Kzhai Bailey equalised for Colts three minutes later and Kyle Jones put them ahead for good four minutes later.

Dominic Lamb killed the game off right at the start of the second half when he converted a penalty after Vasco were blown for a foul in their area while Deszion Davis added another in the 85th minute to complete the rout.

Also cruising into the semi-finals were Somerset Eagles who thumped Young Men's Social Club 4-0 at Somerset Cricket Club.

Eagles led 2-0 at the half through first half tallies from Tahj Wade and Ethan Fubler before Anwar Telford and Jahnai Ratteray struck after the break to wrap up the dominant display.

Hamilton Parish beat 5-1 Wolves FC 5-1 courtesy of braces from Shane Hollis and Christian Smith, as well as a further strike from Chris Caisey. Russ Ford grabbed the consolation for Wolves.

Donte Brangman (centre) is congratulated after scoring the winning penalty for Southampton Rangers two minutes from the end of extra time against St George's. Jarreau Hayward, the St George's player-coach, was booked for dissent following the penalty call. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published December 17, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 17, 2018 at 12:18 am)

St George’s left to rue late penalty

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