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Falmouth United, Duanvale FC draw first blood in TFA Major League semis

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Falmouth United and Duanvale FC both take leads into Sunday's return-leg semi-finals against Friendship FC and Coopers Pen FC, respectively, in the Trelawny Football Association Grandeur Transportation Services/Monymusk Rum Major League competition at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth.

In their games played last Sunday, Falmouth United beat Coopers Pen FC 3-1 in one game, then Duanvale FC staged a brilliant comeback from two goals down, to beat Friendship 3-2.

Come Sunday, Falmouth United, the mid-season champions take on last season's beaten finalists Coopers Pen in the first game set to start at 1:00pm, followed by the Duanvale-Friendship game.

The winners on aggregate will meet in the June 3 final. The triumphant club in the finalqualifies for the Western Confederation Super League.

Friendship FC go into Sunday's games smarting from a loss where they went 2-0 up, then conceded three second half goals.

They will also be without Captain Garel Gooden, who was sent off in the 71st minute of the match.

The absence of Gooden, who scored last Sunday, is sure to create a big problem for Friendship FC, a team which defied the odds to get to the semi-finals, but will have to face a Duanvale FC team that will be seeking to set up a rematch against Falmouth United.

Friendship FC's 17 goals scored in 10 regular season games were the least by any of the four teams left in the competition, and the 17 conceded were the most.

Sunday's loss was their first since February, but if they are to overcome Duanvale FC on Sunday, Roshane Davis and Casrick Grant must improve on their game.

Duanvale FC's form must be suspect as they had lost two of their previous three games, then trailed at half-time against Friendship FC, but will start as slight favourites.

Chevaughn Barrett came up big with two goals, but Kenroy Brown and Andre Coleman, must play a bigger role on Sunday, if Duanvale FC are to get the better of Friendship FC.

Falmouth United cruised for the most part on Sunday against Coopers Pen and will be favourites to advance to the final from the semi-final game.

Last Sunday they wore down Coopers Pen and led 3-0 early in the second half, before the losers pulled back a goal from an added- time penalty kick.

With Coopers Pen FC forced to chase the game, it could open up space for the fast Falmouth United players to exploit on the counter-attack.

Despite their good defensive record in the regular season, Coopers Pen FC were exposed a number of times and have the Falmouth FC players more selective, the score could have been different.

Shannary Brown is Coopers Pen FC's main goal threat, along with Andre Palmer, but they will face the competition's best defence and best goalkeeper.

Falmouth United's 33 goals scored have come from 12 different players, and that could prove to be a tough task for the Coopers Pen FC coaching staff to plan for.

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