Hood relegated after losing to Village

Robin Hood 1

North Village 4

Robin Hood got the help they needed from Somerset Trojans, but North Village weren’t in a generous mood at Goose Gosling Field where their impressive victory sent Hood crashing out of the Premier Division yesterday.

It was like Village had a score to settle with Hood after being deprived of another good run in the FA Cup when Hood came from behind at Bernard Park to knock them out of the competition.

Needing to win to have any chance of staying up, Hood conceded two goals in each half as Village captain Keishen Bean netted twice, including an 89th minute penalty which put the final nail in Hood’s relegation coffin. However, Hood would still be a Premier Division team today had they won the match because Flanagan’s Onions lost 2-1 to Somerset Trojans at White Hill Field, a combination of results that would have enabled Hood to escape the drop on goal difference.

Hood went the closest to scoring in the opening 15 minutes when Antwan Russell drive a freekick from 25 yards just inches over the crossbar. Four minutes later in the 19th minute, Hood had the ball in the net when Russell’s touch put Jesse Kirkland through inside the box but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Then, after Village striker Clay Darrell put an effort just wide on the half hour, Village took the lead a minute later when youngster Kevin Arruda laid on a short pass for Bean 25 yards from goal and his low shot beat the diving Timmy Figureido on its way into the far corner.

Hood’s quick response enabled them to get back in the 35th minute with a goal out of sheer bravery from Kirkland. The ball had been lobbed behind the Village defence, Kirkland put himself in harm’s way as he beat the advancing goalkeeper Randall Bassett to the ball to steer it into the net as a three-way collision left Bassett and defender Khomeini Talbot on the ground as Kirkland got up and raced off to celebrate with his teammates. After receiving treatment Talbot was eventually replaced by Vernon Tankard.

Village continued to make life tough for their relegation threatened opponents as they reclaimed the lead two minutes before the break when the former Bermuda goalkeeper Figureido was again slow in getting down to a low shot, an almost identical shot from a 20-yard freekick from Thomas Watson after Bean was fouled as he raced for goal.

This time there would be no coming back for Hood as Village went further ahead just six minutes into the second half when Clay Darrell drove a shot inside the near post. Hood battled hard to stay in the game as Russell and Kirkland continued to look threatening up front, with Russell forcing a reflex save from Bassett after a shot from near the edge of the box. At the other end Lashun Dill put an effort against the post as Village went close to scoring a fourth.

Then Hood had strong claims for a penalty turned down when Kirkland went down from a challenge from Bassett inside the box. At the other end Figureido brought off a diving save to deny Lashun Dill’s 23 yard effort in the 70th minute. Then after a Kirkland header grazed the bar, Village sealed Hood’s fate with a minute to go when Shane Dietz fouled Patriac Castle and Keishen Bean’s spotkick went in off the base of the post to close out the scoring and the impressive victory.

Robin Hood: T Figureido, S Dietz, D Reitz, B Robinson, R Wilson, M Pace (G Ray 76 minutes), M Thomas, M Watson (D Williams 68 minutes), F Mascarenhas (D Albuoy 55 minutes), A Russell, J Kirkland

Goal: J Kirkland, 35

Yellow cards: R Wilson, S Dietz

North Village: R Bassett, P Castle, Z Hendrickson, K Talbot (V Tankard 38 minutes), D Tankard, K Bean, T Watson, T Durham, K Arruda (K Knights 75 minutes), L Dill, C Darrell

Goals: K.Bean, 31, 89 pen, T Watson, 43, C Darrell, 51

Yellow cards: T Durham, P Castle, D Tankard.

Referee: W Chapman

Man of the match: K Bean (North Village)

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Published Mar 25, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm)

Hood relegated after losing to Village

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