Chemarl Henry double helps Devonshire Colts get off the mark
Devonshire Colts 4 St George’s Colts 2
Devonshire Colts romped to their first win of the season after a clinical display of attacking football against St George’s Colts at Police Field yesterday.
The hosts jumped out to a commanding 4-0 advantage and then weathered the visitors’ late fightback to secure the points.
“We are happy to get off the mark, but I am disappointed that we gave up two goals when they were down a player,” Ray Jones, the Colts coach, said.
St George’s were reduced to ten men after forward Clay Darrell was dismissed for a challenge battling for possession.
The visitors dominated early possession but were pegged back when Colts forward Chemarl Henry broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after St George’s defender Ernest Signor was blown for foul on Jahkeylo Burgess, the Colts captain, in the area.
Rahzir Smith-Jones then doubled Colts’ advantage when he caught St George’s goalkeeper Freddy Hall off his line and lashed in a thunderous left-footed shot from 25 yards into the top left corner.
Colts came close to extending their lead just before the half with St George’s defender Alleyne Francis clearing Jahzardae Samuels’s header off the line and Hall denying Richard Jones from point-blank range.
The hosts broke through again early in the second half when Henry drove down the left side of the box and beat Hall from a tight angle.
Colts cashed in on their numerical advantage when Jaquari Paynter converted during a goalmouth scramble.
Despite the considerable odds against them, St George’s battled on and were eventually rewarded when Lashon Dill pulled one back. The forward won the ball and ran into space inside of the box before firing past Jahniko Francis.
Dill then went from scorer to provider when his low cross was swept in by Jahron Dickinson.
Devonshire Colts: Henry 10 pen, 54, Smith-Jones 26, Paynter 57
St George’s: Dill 77, Dickinson 78
Devonshire Colts (4-4-2): J Francis — J Paynter (sub: L Thomas, 66min), C Trott, K Cann, M Williams (sub: E Burgess, 77) — J Burgess, J Samuels, R Smith-Jones, J Salaam — C Henry, R Jones. Substitutes not used: S Thomas, K Bailey, J Maybury, C Crichlow, B O’Connor. Booked: Henry, Burgess.
St George’s (4-3-3): F Hall — J Darrell, E Signor (sub: W Broadley-Samuels, 58), P Anderson, A Francis — K Stevens, O Bascome, L Dill — C Darrell, M Simmons (sub: J Brangman, 81), J Dickinson. Booked: Dickinson. Sent off: Darrell.
Referee: A Francis.