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Classic Cosmos


Ezra Stuart

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Cosmos conjured up the biggest upset of the Digicel Premier League season by beating champions Weymouth Wales 2-1 at the Wildey AstroTurf on Saturday evening.
But fellow northern side, Youth Milan, failed to register a first win of the season, squandering a two-goal lead as Pride of Gall Hill fought back to earn a 2-2 draw.
In the opening game of the double header, Speightstown-based Cosmos made an emphatic statement that they won’t be push-overs in their debut Premiership season.
After Carl Joseph gave Wales an early 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, it appeared Cosmos would be on the receiving end of a drubbing.
But brothers Donovan and Maradona Lavine combined in midfield to lead a Cosmos fightback, which was aided by some fine goalkeeping from Richard Corbin as Wales also dug their own grave by failing to score their chances.
The roving Andre Pinder, enjoying his first start with Cosmos after transferring from Bagatelle, atoned for missing an easy one-on-one with Wales’ goalkeeper Greg Jones to equalize in the 62nd minute.
Winger Zico Greaves floated over a cross from the right side and Pinder hit a volley past Jones.
Cosmos duly got the winner in the 84th minute after diminutive Wales’ defender Shawn Clarke was adjudged to have fouled Jamar Grazette.
With the flag of his assistant raised, referee Desmond Edwards awarded a penalty which was powerfully converted by Kareem Frederick to give Cosmos their second victory of the season.
Youth Milan weren’t able to celebrate a victory though. They went ahead through Norman Forde’s superb strike from about 30 metres in the eighth minute which flew past 16-year-old Gall Hill goalkeeper Rushan Adamson.
Gall Hill’s cause wasn’t helped thereafter as injured defender Troy Speede had to be replaced by Andre Daniel.
When Kenroy Skinner scored on a breakaway, easily slotting past Adamson to make it 2-0 after 54 minutes, it seemed Milan would go on to win.
But that wasn’t to be as Ryan “Shaky” Griffith fearlessly chased after a ball which ricocheted off a teammate and fortuitously touched it across the line from within the six-yard box while avoiding Milan’s goalkeeper Mario Albert’s mild challenge.
Albert, seemingly affected by a back injury, brilliantly parried a shot from Malcolm “Buju” Marshall while substitute Shakeel Greaves took a blow in the groin to keep out a goal-bound shot by Marshall from the rebound.
After Albert redeemed himself by saving Romelle Burgess’ spot-on kick, which was awarded for a foul he committed, national Under-17 striker Shaquille Boyce slipped through the Milan defence to score the equalizer in the 85th minute.
Youth Milan still had two final chances to get victory but wasted both.
Forde allowed Marlon Greaves to take a free kick which was skewed over the goalbars from the edge of the penalty area.
Forde then set free Corey Barrow for a one-on-one with Adamson, who superbly came off his line to block the hesistant Barrow, who seemed unsure whether to dribble or chip the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.  

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