Ruthless BAA in seventh heaven
YMSC 1 BAA 7
BAA condemned Young Men’s Social Club to a humiliating defeat in the Shield semi-final at PHC Field on Boxing Day.
Boosted by the return of their overseas college students, it took BAA until the 32nd minute to break the deadlock through Jahkari Furbert before Jairzinho Simmons added a second in the 37th minute.
Robert Rawlins pulled a goal back for Social Club just before half-time but Willie Clemons, the Bermuda midfielder, restored his side’s two-goal advantage soon after the break.
Simmons scored his second in the 71st minute to open the floodgates as substitute Joshua DeSilva made in 5-1 with his first touch of the game in the 86th. London Roberts made it six in the 87th before Clemons completed the rout in the final minute. Michael Araujo, the BAA assistant, praised his side goal-hungry performance as they now bid to defend their title on New Year’s Day.
“We stuck to the game plan and we’ve got a good clientele who should be able to step up for the final,” he said.
“When we have all of our players back [from overseas] I think we can give any team in Bermuda a run for their money.
“A lot of these games have played overseas and they have a different mentally. That’s important because that can rub off the local guys to have that same mentality as well.”
Furbert 33, Simmons 37, 71, Clemons 49, 90, DeSilva 86, Roberts 87
YMSC (4-4-2): R Trott — D Simons, N Armstrong, A Samuels, C Burgess (sub: D Hill, 60min) — R Burgess (sub: M Young, 60), K Arruda, J Fough-Smith (sub: Z Lewis 24), Q Maynard — C Darrell, R Rawlins. Substitutes not used: L Doughty, G Saltus. Booked: Samuels, Burgess.
BAA (4-3-3): S Thomas — J Thomas, S Somner, S Thomas, S Simmons — C Araujo, Z Robinson (sub: J DeSilva, 78), T Tucker — I Simmons (sub: R Raequan, 75), J Furbert, M Iris (sub: L Roberts, 79). Substitutes not used: F Williams, Q Lema, T Williams. Booked: Somner.
Referee: R Cann.