BAA 6 Devonshire Cougars 3
Hat-trick hero Keishen Bean helped guide BAA to a welcome victory over visiting Devonshire Cougars in a nine-goal thriller at Goose Gosling Field last night.
Allan Douglas also grabbed a hat-trick before turning from Cougars hero to villain, receiving a straight red card for kicking out at Zeon Robinson in the 72nd minute. A brace from Nathan Rego and further strike from Drewonde Bascome completed the scoring for the home side.
Bascome spurned a golden opportunity after just two minutes and was immediately punished as Douglas raced on to a long ball thorough the middle before curling the ball past goalkeeper Daniel Johnson to gift the visiting side the lead.
The home side regained composure and after missing two further chances levelled after ten minutes as Bean reacted quickest to a poorly cleared corner to head the ball through the crowd of players and into the net.
Back came Cougars just eight minutes later as BAA’s defensive frailties were once again clear to see as an attempted clearance from Mark Steede’s deep cross fell kindly to Douglas to volley home his second of the night.
Bean spurned another gilt-edged chance before he was gifted with an opportunity from the penalty spot after Rego was bundled to the ground in the 29th minute. Bean kept his composure this time to send the Cougars custodian the wrong way.
Eight minutes into the second half and the home side took the lead for the first time. The lively Rego raced clear of the static Cougars defence before rifling a right-footed effort into the bottom left corner.
It quickly became a two-goal advantage for BAA as just two minutes later Rego was again allowed to find space in the area to drill a low right-footed shot past goalkeeper Lovintz Tota to make it 4-2.
Cougars were then gifted a penalty of their own in the 57th minute as Nico Gibbons bundled Jomeko Mallory to ground. Johnson saved Douglas’s initial effort only to see the ball fall kindly back at the feet of the striker to score the rebound, completing his hat-trick and reducing the deficit.
However, BAA once again restored their two-goal cushion in the 69th minute as Bascome brilliantly took down a long ball into the area before rifling the ball beyond a helpless Tota.
Any hope of Cougars getting back into the game were extinguished just three minutes later as Douglas senselessly lashed out at Robinson in an off the ball incident.
And to compound the visiting side’s despair, BAA wrapped up the victory with just a minute to play as Bean smartly finishing a slick move down the right-hand side involving substitute Marcus Brangman and Rego.
Bean 10,29 pen,89
BAA: 4-5-1 D Johnson — T Burgess, Q Lema, Z Robinson (sub: M Iris, 75 min), N Gibbons (sub: J Schroder, 78) — K Bean, L Roberts, T Tucker, I Simmons, D Bascome (sub: M Brangman, 79) — N Rego
Substitutes not used: A Darrell, K McQueen, R Murphy.
Devonshire Cougars 4-5-1: L Tota — C Maybury, D Williams, Z White (sub: J Amory, 75), N Carmichael — M Steede, J Mallory, D Daniels, J Mouchette (sub: K Mills-Wolson, 65), D Simmons (sub: N Anderson 76) — A Douglas Substitutes not used: D Spencer-Robinson.
Referee: T Simons.