Photos, Video, Report: Football Shield Semi Final

December 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

[Written by Patrick Bean]

Hamilton Parish 4 Devonshire Colts 2 – [After Extra Time]

Hamilton Parish Hot Peppers blazed a fiery scoville calefacient in overtime to incinerate Devonshire Colts’ dreams and chances of reaching the Shield final while earning their own way through to the New Year’s Day examination against fellow finalists Southampton Rangers [Somerset Cricket Club, 12 noon].

Parish owed much to the dutiful work of Chris Caisey both at home and for club. Caisey, who scored twice, was yet in the midst of celebrating his honeymoon two day on following his exchange of vows as he ‘jumped the broom’ of another sort to tally the opening and final goals, to put paid to the valiant but ultimately vain efforts of Devonshire Colts.

“I think I performed at 70 rather than 100 percent today after getting married on Christmas Eve and then getting all the food yesterday, so I was a little rusty,” said the newly-wed, who appeared to have discovered at least some form of matrimonial energy source to fuel his day’s efforts. “Colts came out and played really well today and pushed us to the edge, but we just had to come up with the win today.”


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Colts at the end paid the ultimate price for Jahkeylo Burgess’ failure to convert an injury time penalty that would surely have put them through while circumventing any extra-time needed.

As it was Nigel Burgess was able to repel the spot kick and watch the rebound fired further askew, before Parish came out in the added period to settle matters more definitively.

Caisey opened the scoring in the seventh minute via a direct free-kick curled in from the left side which Devonshire goalkeeper Jahniko Francis flailed at and missed, in fact helping the swerving ball into thee net by his non-textbook actions.

Yet Colts recovered quickly and a minute later were again even as defender Mauriq Hill nodded a free-kick into his own net.

Tempers flared near the half-time break as the teams gathered in the middle of the park following some pushing and shoving between rival players, both of whom were booked by referee Lionel Cann, who momentarily struggled to maintain decorum amongst proceedings.

Minutes after the interval Chemari Henry put Colts ahead 2-1 as he thumped home a shot into the low, right corner after a scramble in front of goal resulted in a partial clearance falling to Henry.

The 7-minute live video replay is below:

In the 74th minute Parish resumed even terms as Hollis demonstrated tantalising skill in collecting and exactly controlling the ball at the top of the penalty area before executing a quick pivot and shoot manoeuvre that left the crowd breathless and goalkeeper Francis gasping forlorn.

Overtime demonstrated Parish with greater resolve as after 103 minutes substitute Giovanni Saltus scored and then Caisey added insurance, smacking home a rebound of a Hollis attempt.

“I thought we made it difficult for ourselves, because Colts came with a lot of energy that took us off balance a little bit,” explained coach Corey Hill. “But when you train regularly you’re able to be disciplined and I believe our discipline carried us through at the end.

“It was a total team effort and that’s what we came to play as, a team. We pulled it off and I’m happy for the boys.”

Asked how he planned to combat an in-form Southampton Rangers outfit in the final at Somerset Cricket Club on New Year’s Day [12 noon start], Hill was certain he had the tactics and his team the ability to succeed despite their underdog status.

“We just have to stick to our game plane and if we do so I believe we will be competitive,” Hill added. “I think we match up pretty evenly based on the players we have available, so to me it’s an even game.”

Hamilton Parish: Starting line-up: Nigel Burgess, Jordan Burgess, Chris Caisey, Keoki Cann, Mauriq Hill, Shayne Hollis, Ryan Richardson, Menelik Rudo, Andrew Samuels, Christian Smith, Macquille Walker. Substitutes: Jordon Lawrence, Giovanni Saltus, Reid Trott, Jermiah Steede, Devon Rogers, Kneiko Richardson, Quincy Glasford

Devonshire Colts: Starting line-up: Jahniko Francis, Justin Maybury, Freeman Lema, Mateo Issac, San-tze Burgess, Diego Richardson, Charles Trott, Chemarl Henry, Jahkeylo Burgess, Dominic Lambe, Matthew Gerardo. Substitutes: Jomei Bean-Lindo, Jaquari Paynter, Jahde Eve, Keitoro Darrell, Deszion Davis, Quilvan Simmons, K’zhai Bailey

Referee: Lionel Cann

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