Jorsling beaver does the trick for Army against Tobago

Jorsling beaver does the trick for Army against TobagoForward Devorn Jorsling registered a beaver-trick to help Defence Force overcome Tobago United 5-3 in the first quarterfinal clash of the 2010 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield on Friday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Jorsling, the Digicel Pro League championship leading goalscorer with 12 goals, registered three of his four items in a space of seven minutes early into the match before an injury time item to complete his beaver-trick.

But it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Soldiers who had their fourth item scored by midfielder Richard Roy against the Peter Granville coached Tobago United that found the back of the net three times through strikes by Kevon Woodley, Trinmaine Sobers and Brenton Charles.

The Soldiers went ahead in as early as the eight minute when Jerwyn Balthazar chipped a pass into the area directed to Richard Roy which dismantled the Tobago defence and after a bundle inside the area Jorsling poked a shot into the net for a 1-0 advantage. 

Jorsling then made it 2-0 in the 12th minute for his second in four minutes pouncing on a spill by goalkeeper Johnson who failed to gather Kevon Carter’s low effort.

Jorsling then added his third item for a 3-0 advantage by the 15th minute volleying past a hapless Johnson after Balthazar headed down left wingback Aklie Edwards’ cross into the path of the leading goalscorer.

Tobago United’s Woodley was their most outstanding player of the first half created a couple chances before finding the back of the net.

In the 16th minute the lanky forward eluded Defence Force wingback Aklie Edwards before pulling an effort wide of the near post and in the 21st minute he headed wide from a corner.

But Woodley finally pulled one back for the Tobagonians in the 26th minute, reducing the deficit 3-1, after out-jumping the Army defence to head past goalkeeper Kevin Graham from a corner.

Woodley then forced a save out of Graham to win another corner in the 30th minute. However the quickly taken kick provided little threat against Defence Force.

Two minutes inside the second period and Woodley was alive again when he opened room for himself to unleash a low shot from above the area to put goalkeeper Graham in action.

But moments later the Tobagonians were on the defence when captain and defender Kayode McKinnon had to make an excellent clearance off the line to deny Jorsling in the 54th and in the 55th Jorsling was again denied—this time by goalkeeper Johnson.

However the Tobago side which earned the quarterfinal meeting against Defence Force after defeating St. Ann’s Rangers 6-5 on penalties in the preliminary round failed to shut out a blast from Roy seconds later as Defence Force celebrated a 4-1 comfort.

Tobago then pulled another item back in the 57th minute through midfielder Sobers who blasted a shot from the angle to beat Graham for a 2-4 score.

The Peter Granville coached side then added further excitement to the match cutting the deficit 4-3 after a brilliant run down the left by McKinnon to whip in a low cross to find Charles who made no mistake beating Graham.

But despite a solid showing from the Tobagonians in the end, Jorsling found the back of the net a fourth time after meeting a brilliant through-ball by substitute Kerry Joseph to slip a shot past Johnson for a 5-3 finish securing Defence Force’s place in the semifinals of this year’s Goal Shield.

Defence Force 5—3 Tobago United
Devorn Jorsling 8’, 12’, 15’, 90’+, Richard Roy 55’ ; Kevon Woodley 26’, Trinmaine Sobers 57’, Brenton Charles 62’

Defence Force—Kevin Graham(gk), Corey Rivers(capt.), Keston Williams(Albert Dexter Thornhill 68th), Devin Jordan, Kurt Williams, Devorn Jorsling, Kevon Carter, Jerwyn Balthazar(Kerry Joseph 75th), Dexter Pacheco, Aklie Edwards, Richard Roy(Christon Baptiste 63rd)

Coach—Ross Russell

Tobago United—Sean Johnson(gk), Kayode McKinnon(capt.), Durwin Ross, Dwayne Jack, Brenton Charles, Pavel Warrick, Kevon Woodley, Dwayne Murray, Duran Dilworth, Trimaine Sobers(Aziel Taylor 76th), Tichard Joseph(Kelvin Smith 69th)

Coach—Peter Granville

Match Referee—Ishmael Mohammed