Moses Steede’s late goal ensured all three points for Devonshire Cougars against a spirited showing from Boulevard at Devonshire Recreation Club on Saturday afternoon.
After a lacklustre opening half an hour, Cougars injected some excitement into the match in the 32nd minute when Cashun Brangman’s shot was parried by Boulevard’s goalkeeper Antoine Famous into the path of Jawonday Smith, who wasted no time thumping the rebound into the open net.
Boulevard, who had a Niko Smith “goal” disallowed for offside, then launched an all-out assault on the Cougars’ goal, with Khiry Easton, Zico Stovell and Jahzardae Samuels going close to scoring in the 48th, 54th and 56th minutes respectively.
Samuels redeemed himself soon after to even the score after Kamali Davis fed Samuels a pass along the byline that he was able to force over the goalline in the 58th minute.
Boulevard nearly scored again in the 75th minute after a nifty one-two between Samuels and Khiry Easton led to the latter shooting tamely at Famous from ten yards out.
Aldonte Smith then chased down a long pass into the Cougars penalty area, but his shot from six yards out was brilliantly saved by Famous. They would rue their missed chances as Steede pounced with a clinical finish with seven minutes remaining.
After a deep cross into the penalty area, Famous punched at the ball to clear it. However, he did not get much of it, allowing it to fall at the feet of Steede who slotted home in the 88th minute.
“My goal was all about reaction time,” Steede said. “I saw the cross and felt that if the keeper made a mistake I had to be ready to pounce. I will take as many gifts as I can to score.”
Boulevard coach Troy Smith said: “Boulevard’s main objective moving forward is survival. It’s been a long season. We have fought hard all season and we fought hard today. We were unlucky.”