Cougars catch fire in second half
Devonshire Cougars 4 Somerset Eagles 0
A four-goal second-half blitz swept Devonshire Cougars to a convincing win over Somerset Eagles in a lopsided Premier Division encounter at Devonshire Recreation Club yesterday.
Superbly taken goals from Domico Coddington (two), Quadir Maynard and substitute Jayorie Fox were more than enough to earn the home side their first win of the season.
“We controlled the game from start to finish but I felt we could’ve been more clinical,” Kwame Steede, the Cougars coach, said. “We still have to be more clinical around goal.
“Coming into the second half we had to be more clinical because first half we weren’t.
“We had chances and we were not clinical but second half we was more clinical and our play showed.”
Cougars seized early control and pinned Eagles in their own half as they mounted waves of attacks with forwards Coddington, Chekai Caisey and Elisha Darrell wreaking the most havoc up top.
However, they were unable to convert their dominance into goals, which left the contest wide open at the half.
Steede was forced to go to his bench at the break after full back Darren Williams went off with a sore foot.
Darrell’s shooting woes continued when play resumed, the striker slicing Coddington’s low cross wide of an open net at the far post.
Llineiko Millet then headed Coddington’s inviting cross wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.
Maynard finally made the breakthrough when he ran on to Zekiro White’s long ball and slotted home from an angle. It was the midfielder’s first goal for the club since his move from Southampton Rangers.
Coddington then doubled Cougars’ advantage before the dust had settled. The former national team player gained possession deep in Eagles’ half and beat goalkeeper Jermaine Rumley with a low shot in the far bottom corner.
Substitute Fox made the most of his opportunity to shine when he buried Chris Caisey’s cross at the near post to effectively end the match as a contest.
Coddington then rounded off the scoring when he smashed Caisey’s inch-perfect cross into the roof of the net with a spectacular half-volley from close range worth every penny of the admission fee.
Eagles were limited to only two half-chances. Striker Shakir Smith brought off a save from Cougars goalkeeper Tahj Bell at the near post while Koshun Durrant hurried his shot over from the edge of the area after getting in behind the defence.
Devonshire Cougars: Coddington 64, 85, Maynard 62, Fox 71
Devonshire Cougars (4-1-4-1): T Bell 5 — D Williams 4 (sub: J Thomas, 46min 4), L Millet 4, Zeko White 6, T Tucker 4 — Zari Simmons 4 (sub: Zekiro White, 85) — Q Maynard 5 (sub: R Wells, 76), Chekai Caisey 4 (sub: J Mouchette, 75), Chris Caisey 6, D Coddington 6 — E Darrell 4 (sub: J Fox, 60 4). Substitutes not used: Zion Simmons, K Trott.
Somerset Eagles (4-4-2): J Rumley 4 — S James 4, K Evans 4, K Harrison 4 (sub: H Butterfield, 72), S Lambert 4 — K Durrant 4 (sub: M Iris-Simmons, 70, 4), E Fubler 4 (sub: K Astwood, 72), D Joell 4 (sub: T Wade, 64, 4), A Telford 4 — S Smith 4, D Simmons 4. Substitutes not used: T Smith, J Roberts. Booked: Joell.
Referee: D Jackson.