Trojans ease past lethargic Zebras
PHC 0 Somerset 2
Somerset Trojans claimed three precious points on the road after taking full advantage of a lethargic PHC Zebras at Southampton Oval yesterday.
Goals either side of the half from midfielder Sean Brangman and striker Dion Stovell earned Trojans their first league win since October 14 and lifted them from eighth to seventh in the Premier standings.
Zebras, who suffered a second league loss of the season, remain in third level on points with fourth-placed Flanagans Onions.
The visitors were clearly more organised and hungrier than their hosts and thoroughly deserved to come away from a scrappy match with nothing shy of maximum points.
In truth, Trojans couldve easily won by a wider margin had they put away more chances that came their way.
The newly crowned Dudley Eve champs took the match to their hosts from the kick-off and threatened as early as the sixth minute when goalkeeper turned striker Adrian Burrows flashed a header just wide of the uprights.
Stovell also went close when he squirted a gilt edged chance wide after getting behind a static Zebras defence.
The diminutive Trojans striker then had another effort from close range saved by Zebras keeper Troy Hall.
Though few and far apart, Zebras created chances at the opposite end with midfielder Lonnie Bascome just failing to connect with Cecoy Robinsons searching cross in the box. Robinson also threatened to break the ice when he sent a fierce right footed blast fizzing past the post.
Zebras were caught off guard during a sweeping raid down the left flank. But fortunately for the home side Adolphus Lamberts drifting cross rolled across the face off goal untouched.
However, there was no denying Trojans in the 34th minute when Brangman rose high above the Zebras defence and planted Lamberts cross inside Halls far post to give his team a 1-0 cushion at the half.
Zebras played with more width and purpose when play resumed but continued to struggle in the last third of the pitch against a Trojans defence well marshalled by captain Trevin Ming.
Stovell, who has scored a goal in each of his teams last three outings, extended Trojans lead in the 49th minute when he capitalised on some slack defending. A partial clearance bounced perfectly into the path of the striker who cleverly nodded the ball over the outstretched hands of the onrushing Hall to effectively put Zebras out of their misery.
Faced with a daunting two-goal deficit, Zebras made a double substitution shortly after Stovells goal, bringing on college kid Tre Ming and Shakir Smith for the ineffective Ajai Grant and Jason Simons.
And it didnt take long for the two subs to make their presence felt with Smith tormenting Trojans down the left flank and Ming a constant threat playing just behind the strikers.
Trojans sub Tahj Wade was booked for diving in the box during a counter attack as the visitors went in search for more goals.
But it was Zebras who would come the closest to scoring in the closing minutes as Bascome had a header saved off the line and Ming dragged a shot just wide of the posts during a promising raid down the right flank.
PHC: T Hall, M Simmons, R Richardson, M Lambe, J Ball, L Bascome, J Sealey, K Lambe, C Robinson (capt), J Simons (T Ming, 53 mins), A Grant (S Smith, 53 mins)
Subs not used: T Place, T Brown, J Dupray
Booked: M Lambe, T Ming
Trojans: S Bean, T Ming (capt), I Mallory, J Rogers, J Harvey-Outerbridge, S Brangman, A Trott, A Lambert (J Bean, 62 mins), T Burgess (J Simmons, 77 mins), D Stovell, A Burrows (T Wade, 69 mins)
Subs not used: N Smith, L Burgess, M Jones, J Butterfield
Goals: Brangman 34th, Stovell 49th
Booked: Brangman, Wade
Man of the match: Brangman (Trojans)
Referee: L Raynor
St Georges Colts 0 Robin Hood 2
Antwan Russell scored a brace on his Robin Hood debut to inspire the Merrymen to their first league win of the season at Wellington Oval.
The former PHC Zebras striker netted both goals in the first half as St Georges woeful start to the season continued.
Russell converted from the penalty spot after being tripped up by St Georges keeper Charlie Marshall jr and then put the match beyond the hosts reach when he finished off some good approach work by rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net.
Despite the uplifting win, Robin Hood remain anchored at the bottom of the pile with an inferior goal difference to that of nearest rivals St Georges who have gone winless in the league since October 7.
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