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Devonshire Colts showed they belong with the big teams with an impressive upset win over North Village Rams at Bernard Park yesterday.

Village dominated the early exchanges, knocking the ball around nicely and moving the visitors around. They won quite a few physical duels early as well. However, less than ten minutes in, Alaye Darrell was shown a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Brandon O’Connor.

The home side opened the scoring afterr 14 minutes, when Terryn Fray slipped Justin Bell into a dangerous position. The striker danced past two defenders before firing low past Jahneiko Francis at his near post.

Colts equalised five minutes later. They worked the ball forward into a dangerous area to win a throw. From the set-piece, O’Connor brought the ball down nicely before being bundled over by Darrell inside the box. Zuhri Burgess slotted home the resulting penalty.

The visitors took control of the opening period soon after, getting full backs Zuhri Burgess and Calon Minors into promising positions, and overloading the midfield areas. They took a deserved lead on 28 minutes when a poor backward header by Village defender Marcus Brangman was intercepted by striker Shaki Swan, who rounded goalkeeper Omari DeShields and slotted into the empty net from a tight angle.

Colts nearly doubled their advantage just before the break. A brilliant interchange between the attacking midfield trio of Rahzir Smith-Jones, Brandon O’Connor and Jaquari Paynter ended with O’Connor firing the final effort straight at DeShields.

The second half began with Village on the front foot, when Demetre Daniels attempted to slip a ball through to Justin Bell, but the Colts defence averted the danger. The majority of the second half was a very physical midfield battle, but the home side had the better of the half-chances. Neither side was really able to penetrate the other’s defence.

The visitors had their best chance to close out the win with three minutes remaining in normal time. Another quick move between the attacking duo of Smith-Jones and Aljame Zuill linked up before the latter fired over from just outside the box.

Village had the final chance of the day when a lovely sweeping move from left to right ended with Daniels sliding in Smith, who dragged his effort just wide of the near post.

Colts head coach Ray Jones was pleased with his side’s fighting spirit. “We showed plenty of determination,” the former national coach said. “We stuck together and made sure we didn’t concede second half.”

SCORERS

North Village: Bell 14

Devonshire Colts: Burgess 19 pen, Swan 28

TEAMS

North Village (4-2-3-1): O DeShields 6 — A Darrell 5, T Fray 7, J Harvey 6, M Brangman 5 — T Williams 6 (sub: S Somner, 65min 6), V Perinchief 7 (sub: K Carrington, 80) — J Smith-DeShields 7, D Daniels 6, O Botelho 7 (sub: P Smith, 65 6) — J Bell 7. Substitutes not used: Q Lema, D Johnson, W Shakir. Booked: Darrell, Botelho, Smith-DeShields.

Devonshire Colts (4-2-3-1): J Francis 7 — Z Burgess 7, M Williams 7, C Minors 7, D Davis 7 — J Salaam 6 (sub: A Zuill, 87), F Lema 7 (sub: G Todd, 65 7) — B O’Connor 7 (sub: C Henry, 59 6), R Smith-Jones 6, J Paynter 6 (sub: D Ball, 72) — S Swan 7 (sub: K Bailey, 87). Substitutes not used: J Saunders, A Famous. Booked: Henry, Smith-Jones, Salaam, Williams.

Referee: A Francis.

Aljame Zuill Jr, of Devonshire Colts, looks for a pass under pressure from Village’s Jalen Harvey (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Michael Williams heads clear for Devonshire Colts against North Village (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Brandon O'Connor, of Devonshire Colts, controls on the left flank (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Justin Bell, of North Village, swings in a ball under the attention of Devonshire Colts’ Zuhri Burgess (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Jaquari Paynter, of Devonshire Colts, skips past Jaizel Smith-Deshields near midfield (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Devonshire Colts substitute Daniel Ball holds off Owen Botelho, of North Village, on right flank (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Substitute Gabriel Todd, of Devonshire Colts, makes a pass under the eyes of Village captain Tahmi Williams (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Vernon Perinchief, of North Village, fends off the attention of Jibri Salaam (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published November 12, 2021 at 7:55 am (Updated November 12, 2021 at 7:49 am)

Colts show true grit to stun Village

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