Goals arrive late as wasteful Somerset let St George’s off the hook
St George’s Colts 1 Somerset Trojans 1
Somerset Trojans were left to rue a host of missed opportunities after being held to a draw by injury-ravaged St George’s Colts in an entertaining Premier Division make-up match at Devonshire Recreation Club last night.
The Trojans dominated proceedings for the most part with their slick passing game and created more chances to put the game to bed, but ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
They seemed to have done enough when midfield ace Justin Corday headed them in front nine minutes from time.
However, their joy was short-lived as St George’s forward Macai Simmons equalised two minutes later to earn his team a point they battled hard for.
The result was a bitter pill to swallow for Somerset coach Jomar Wilkinson, who expressed his frustration over his team’s failure to convert more of the chances they created.
“I was very disappointed with the result,” he said. “I thought we were the better team and deserved the three points.
“We’ve just not been clinical in and around goal here lately, that’s been our Achilles. Definitely bittersweet and a point is probably fair to both teams.” he said.
Jarraeu Hayward, the St George’s coach, was satisfied to come away from the match with something to show given his team’s injury dilemma.
“We’re dealing with a lot of injuries now so there is a lot of rotations and it’s good to give guys minutes, who haven’t really had any,” he said. “But given all our injuries, a point is probably okay for us right now, especially keeping Somerset behind us.”
Somerset made the breakthrough when Corday got just head on Jaz Ratteray-Smith’s diagonal cross in the box to beat St George’s goalkeeper Freddy Hall at the near post.
However, Simmons brought the teams level before the dust had settled.
St George’s substitute Alleyne Francis dribbled between two defenders and crossed the ball in the area, where Simmons made no mistake from close range to rescue a point for his team.
St George’s: Simmons 83
Somerset: Corday 81
St George's (4-1-4-1): F Hall 8 – N Paynter 7, E Signor 8, P Anderson 7, G Wade 7 (sub: J Brangman 70min 7) – J Carlington 7 (sub: C Burns 60 7) – J Burgess 7, M Simmons 7 (sub: A Heyliger 88), S Blair- Paynter 7 (sub: A Francis 60 8), J Dickinson 7 – T Burgess 7 (sub: K Ottley 88). Substitutes not used: D Lodge, C King. Booked: T Burgess, Simmons.
Somerset (4- 3- 3): J Morrissey 7 – K Sharrieff- Hayward 8, J Ratteray – Smith 8, T Ming, 7 D Brangman 7 – J Butterfield 7 (sub: M Nisbett- Tankard 76min), J Corday 8, T Tyrell 7 (sub: Jadan Ratteray-Smith 58 7)- L Burgess 7, A Douglas 7 (sub: N Rego 58 7), J Furbert 8 (sub: N Smith 85). Substitutes not used: N Durham, C Durham. Booked: Sharrieff-Hayward.
Referee: M Wyer.