Devonshire Cougars 2 Boulevard 0
Devonshire Cougars avenged an early season defeat with a comfortable win over Boulevard at Devonshire Recreation Club yesterday.
A goal in each half by Allan Douglas and Chae Brangman, secured all three points for Cougars.
“Today was a revenge win for us,” Mark Smith, the Couagrs assistant coach, said. “We owed Boulevard one after they beat us 3-0 in St David’s during the first half of the season. We played with heart and deserved this win.”
The win virtually assures Cougars of playing in the top flight next season while the loss keeps Boulevard lurking just above the relegation zone with two games remaining.
Douglas let his intentions be known early when Calin Maybury sent him down the right flank where he outpaced his marker before firing agonisingly wide of the upright.
Clay Darrell had two early chances for Boulevard when he struck a firm free kick from 20 yards, which went straight into the chest of Kioshi Trott, the Cougars goalkeeper. Darrell then was put through by Niko Smith, but the forward’s low cross sailed across the goal mouth.
Maybury set up Cougars opening goal with a floated cross into the box which Brangman headed into the path of Douglas, who stayed composed to beat the onrushing Boulevard keeper Deaz Chambers.
Khiry Easton should have equalised for Boulevard just before the half when he was put through only to slice wide when well placed.
Cougars controlled the opening periods of the second half and scored when Dimitre Daniels did well to get down the line, drawing goalkeeper Chambers to the near post before slipping the ball to Brangman for an easy tap in.
Cougars almost gifted Boulevard with a goal when a poor goal kick by Trott went straight to White whose miscontrol put the visiting side’s captain Ernest Trott one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who did well to block with his body.
The rebound rolled to substitute Aldonte Smith whose first time shot was cleared off the line.
Boulevard continued to attack Cougars in an effort to reduce the deficit and should have scored when substitute Takeyhi Walker sent forward Ian Coke through but his volley flew high over the top.
Devonshire Cougars (4-1-3-2): K Trott — Zekiro White, Zeko White, C Maybury, Cashun Brangman — Damion Simmons — D Daniels (sub: T Tucker 71min), Zari Simmons, S Pearman (sub: J Wade 84) — A Douglas (sub: Nyeem Simmons 80), Chae Brangman. Substitutes not used: J Furbert-Wade, M Steede, L Tota, Zion Simmons.
Boulevard (4-1-3-2): D Chambers — T Butterfield (sub: T Walker, 61), J Williams, A Famous, A Foggo — J Crockwell (sub: Aldonte Smith, 69)— C Darrell, E Trott, Neko Smith — K Easton (D Taylor 71), I Coke. Substitutes not used: Z Stovell, T Douglas. Booked: C Darrell.
Referee: G Swainson.