Four in a row!
THE parish of St Brelade claimed a fourth consecutive Trinity Shield crown on Wednesday night, despite being taken beyond normal time for the third game running.
Western neighbours St Peter took an early lead at Springfield as they chased their first success in the annual competition in 30 years, and although they were pegged back before half-time they then cancelled out the defending champions until extra-time.
The 1-1 draw after 90 minutes was St Brelade's third stalemate in a row, having relied on penalty shootouts in both the quarter and semi-finals, but Matt Noble and Kieran Quérée both found the net after the 100th minute for a 3-1 triumph.
The game was just 90 seconds old when Jake Prince’s free-kick from 25 yards snuck through wall and past goalkeeper Jonny Willows, but St Brelade responded well and posed a much more potent threat than they had in the previous two rounds.
The men in red peppered Ryan Le Couteur’s goal – and the net behind it – and Fraser Barlow equalised before the first break with a fearsome rising shot from range.
Le Couteur was thrice called into action to deny Jonny Le Quesne, and St Brelade substitutes Francis Lekimamati and James Carolan could both also have grabbed the winner in normal time – only to be left frustrated by the in-form shot-stopper.
Noble scored on the rebound from another Le Quesne effort on 101 minutes, and Quérée sealed it in the final seconds – finding an empty net from 35 yards after Le Couteur had advanced for a St Peter corner.
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