Shootout win rewards a second half transformation

Jersey 1, Guernsey 1 (Gsy win on penalties)

Jumping Jack Domaille: the powerful Guernsey captain brushes off an opponent to get his head to a cross. (Picture by Jon Guegan, 1305799)
Jumping Jack Domaille: the powerful Guernsey captain brushes off an opponent to get his head to a cross. (Picture by Jon Guegan, 1305799)

Jersey 1, Guernsey 1 (Gsy win on penalties)

GUERNSEY overcame an extremely poor first half showing to regain the Ambassadeur Bowl against hosts Jersey in the Under-21 Muratti at Springfield on Saturday – but only after a extended penalty shootout.

Extra time had failed to add to the normal time scoreline of 1-1 and the lack of accuracy in front of goal from both teams continued deep into the 20-penalty shootout, with six of the first nine kicks failing to beat the keepers.

A massive improvement followed with the Sarnians eventually triumphing 7-6 after one of Jersey’s better players on the day, forward Daryl Wilson, struck the base of James Hamon’s right-hand post.

The victory, celebrated joyfully   if with rather non pc lyrics and in front of a decent crowd, was a hard-earned one, as Jersey could have – perhaps should have – had the game in the bag by half time.