Veterans’ day belongs to Somerset

  • Defender Wallace Wellman of Somerset keeps Chevonne Furbert in check during the annual Over-40s All-Star match between St George's and Somerset at Wellington Oval on Saturday.  Somerset won the match 4-2 but St George's made history, with Furbert becoming the first female to play in the match, which started 24 years ago.  (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
  • Del Tyrell of st George's has this effort blocked by Somerset goalkeeper Gladstone Robinson on Saturday at Wellington Oval in the annual Over-40s All-Star match (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
  • Carlos Greaves of St George's makes a pass in midfield as Somerset's Duane DeRosa closes in during the annual Over-40s All-Star match at Wellington Oval on Saturday (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
  • Goal: Del Tyrell of St George's unleashes this shot which beat Somerset goalkeeper Gladstone Robinson.  It was the first of his two goals in a losing cause as Somerset won the annual Old Boys All-Star match 4-2 at Wellington Oval on Saturday.  (Photogaph by Lawrence Trott)

Somerset retained the RO Smith Trophy when they beat St George’s 4-2 in the annual Over-40s Veteran All-Star match on Saturday at Wellington Oval.

The match, in its 24th year, had a fast start with Somerset scoring two early goals, as Rodney Bascome opened the scoring in the opening minutes when he capitalised on an error by St George’s goalkeeper Gregory Smith.

Mike Corday doubled the lead minutes later, blasting his shot into the roof of the net, before the home side hit back with a pair of well-taken goals from Del Tyrell midway through the first half to make it 2-2 at half-time.

Tyrell missed a couple of earlier chances, having a shot blocked by goalkeeper Gladstone Robinson and then shooting wide from another left-footed effort, before he struck with two right-footed shots from near the edge of the box as St George’s fought back.

However, Somerset had the last laugh with two more goals late in the second half to secure the win as Dwight Basden converted a header to put them up 3-2, before Curtis Grant closed out the scoring for the visiting team minutes later.

The match featured a female player for the first time with Chevonne Furbert, granddaughter of RO Smith, playing for St George’s.

Stuart Crockwell refereed the match while the two clubs honoured several former players.

Eugene “Docs” Outerbridge, Alvin “Feets” Wade and Quinton “Kite” Ible of Somerset and Glenn “Cleary” Pitcher, Clevie Foggo, Gary “Sid” Caisey, Kenny Pearman and Mike Whalley of St George’s were honoured.

Former referee Anthony Mouchette was also honoured.