Duanvale, Falmouth United draw first blood in Trelawny semis

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Duanvale FC staged a brilliant fightback, coming from two goals down to beat Friendship 3-2 in their first-leg semi-final match of the Trelawny Football Association's Grandeur Transportation Services/MonyMusk Rum Trelawny FA Major League Competition at Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth last Sunday.

In the other semi-final of a double-header, Falmouth United beat Coopers Pen 3-1 to take the lead going into the decisive leg.

On an overcast day with intermittent rain and strong winds, the fans were treated to a feast of goals as the teams sought advantages going into this weekend's return-round games at the same venue.

In the match, Duanvale FC took advantage of a red card to Friendship FC's captain Garel Gooden in the 71st minute with two late goals to complete their comeback, as Chevaughn Barrett scored once in either half.

In the feature game, Falmouth United wore down a Coopers Pen FC team and led 3-0 early in the second half before the losers pulled back a goal from an added-time penalty kick.

Friendship FC scored two quick goals, two minutes apart in the first half, to surge into the lead against the mid-season finalists, but could not contain Duanvale FC in the second half onslaught.

DeJohn Hylton gave Friendship FC the lead in the 35th minute when he finished off a sweeping move, heading home at the far post from a cross from the left wing and beating goalkeeper Romane Osbourne.

Gooden doubled his team's advantage two minutes later when he powered home a ball from close range which pegged Duanvale FC back.

Barrett scored the first of his double after he found the target three minutes into the second half to cut into Friendship FC's advantage after goalkeeper Archer Christopher misplayed a cross that fell behind him into the goal.

Gooden was then dismissed in the 71st minute after he picked up his second yellow card, and this swung the advantage in favour of Duanvale FC.

With the rain coming heavier, Duanvale FC drew level in the 87th minute then went ahead in the first minute of added time through Andre Coleman.

Falmouth United, the most dominant team in the competition due to them winning the mid-season title and going through the regular season unbeaten, dominated their game against last season's beaten finalists Coopers Pen FC and led 2-0 at half-time.

Alex Williams scored the opener in the 22nd minute when his corner flew into the goal, and 12 minutes later Theodore Hopwood made it 2-0 when he scored from the penalty spot.

Deveron Clarke added a third in the 47th minute when an ill-advised foray out of his goal area by goalkeeper Nigel Johnson left his goal wide open, and Charles Grant passed to a wide open Clarke to slot home.

Coopers Pen FC managed to cut into the deficit late in the game when Shannary Brown converted from the penalty spot three minutes into time added.

— Paul Reid

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