Soccer

St George’s capitalise on defensive error

  • Foot race: Jarazhino Bassett scored for St George’s (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

St David’s 0 St George’s 1

St George’s Colts got the better of the East End rivalry with a 1-0 win over ten-man St David’s in the Shield preliminary round at Lord’s yesterday.

The win puts them in the quarter-finals where they will play Wolves. Jarazhino Bassett capitalised on a second-half defensive blunder from St David’s defender Marcus Proctor to seal the win.

Proctor’s attempted clearance went high but towards his own goal leaving both Bassett and St David’s goalkeeper Mikkail Crockwell to challenge for the loose ball. Bassett used his speed and beat Crockwell to the ball, heading it past the outstretched arms of the onrushing goalkeeper. Aaron Lugo, standing in as coach in the absence of Sergio Goater, had nothing but praise for his team despite the lost.

“We played well with ten men,” he said. “Unfortunately it was a poor clearance attempt which cost us.”

Both teams tried to play attacking football during the opening periods of the game as they were attempting to spread passes over the big and open field. St David’s midfielder George O’Brien was hitting penetrating crosses and free kicks into the St George’s penalty area but good defending, marshalled by Jarreau Hayward, nullified any threat.

Macai Simmons and Donovan Thompson did some inventive off-the-ball running, with both having shots denied by goalkeeper Crockwell from point-blank range.

Late in the first half, St George’s were becoming the more attacking team, causing St David’s to retreat and make careless tackles.

In the 40th minute, midfielder Wolde Jones was cautioned for a reckless tackle and was dismissed a minute later for a second caution with another bad challenge. St George’s started the second half as they ended the first and capitalised on their numerical advantage.

Midway through the half, St David’s had a rare counterattack when Nasaye Anderson sent in a defence-splitting cross, which was controlled by striker Kevin Hurdle but struck wide of the upright. The match-winning goal came in the 67th minute when a long kick by St George’s goalkeeper Zeko Burgess forced a desperate clearance by Proctor towards his own goal resulting in a foot chase between Crockwell and Bassett, which the St George’s man won.

A jubilant St George’s coach Kervin Moreno said: “It was a very competitive game, which we took advantage of when their player got sent off.

• Paget Lions advanced to the quarter-finals of the Shield, although they made hard work of Hamilton Parish, who are bottom of the First Division, before winning 2-1 in the opening game at Police Field.

Marco Piper gave Paget the lead from the penalty spot in the 34th minute before Keo Darrell equalised for Parish in the 55th minute. Paget, the joint leaders in the First Division and 4-1 winners over Parish in their season-opener back in September, made hard work of the victory which finally came when Dion Stovell netted in the 80th minute.

SCORER

St George’s

Bassett 67

TEAMS

St David’s (4-4-2): M Crockwell — J Pitcher, M Proctor, L Bennett, N Anderson — G O’Brien, W Jones, K Smith (sub: M Robinson, 76 min), D McCallan — K Hurdle, I Creighton (sub: Z Morris, 63). Substitutes not used: D Fishenden, J Usher. Sent off: W Jones.

St George’s (4-3-3): Z Burgess — Jarreau Hayward, Gregory Wade, P Anderson, Jeremie Hayward — T Govia (sub: Caylon Wade, 53), Jalani Carlington, J Bassett — M Simmons, D Thompson, Kodi Carlington. Substitutes not used: M Crane, R Denbrook, K Butterfield, Z Burrows. Booked: P Anderson.

Referee: C Trott.