Reid’s hat-trick propels Petersfield into Flow Super Cup
Maliki Reid's hat-trick led Petersfield to a 4-3 surprise victory over the much-vaunted Cornwall College at the Frome Sports complex yesterday, to secure their spot among the eight daCosta Cup inter-zone winners to advance to the Flow Super Cup.
At Jarrett Park, Rusea's found renewed hope with a 7-1 lopsided victory over Herbert Morrison to join Petersfield in the next round of the daCosta Cup to advance from Group 2.
It was a splendid display from the Westmoreland-based institution of historic proportions, as they have never before won against a Cornwall College team in Cup play.
Reid struck the opener in the 7th minute, then added his team's second in the 12th and rounded off a brilliant performance and team-leading sixth goal of the campaign, when he completed his hat-trick in the 34th minute.
Cornwall College, which was behind the eight-ball from the onset, after arriving 20 minutes late for the 3 p.m. kick-off, found some solace in attack when Peter-Lee Vassell found the net in the 22nd minute to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
But a 3-1 lead at half-time was always going to prove a challenge even to one of the most prepared teams in the competition, coupled with the fact that the thick grass and slippery underfoot conditions made it a little difficult.
However, they had their chances and should in fact have gotten the result they wanted, but Petersfield was simply quicker to the ball and more comfortable in a familiar environment.
Eight minutes into the second half, Donovon Brown struck a sweet free kick with venom into the Cornwall goal from 35 yards out to add insult to injury, and a 4-1 lead to delight his coaches on the bench.
The game then swung Cornwall's way again thanks to a 49th-minute goal from Giovanni Reid, but it soon after unravelled for the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached unit.
The referee was forced to show Stephen Hylton, a key Cornwall College defender, a straight red card in the 83rd minute for stomping on a Petersfield player, who was lying on the ground after his initial challenge.
Playing a man short, however, Cornwall showed some amount of determination to again score; Alrick Ottey this time netted in the 93rd minute, but it was little too late as their season came to a screeching halt.
"We finally get one over Cornwall and it is sweet," said Petersfield's assistant coach Dwayne Forrester.
Teams to qualify to the Flow Super Cup as zone winners are, Petersfield, STETHS, Clarendon College, Lacovia, Port Antonio, Vere Technical and Glenmuir.