Hood start defence against Onions

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  • Hood celebrate their Cup final win last season (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Hood celebrate their Cup final win last season (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Robin Hood begin their defence of the FA Cup on the weekend of January 14, 15 when they take on Flanagan’s Onions in an all-Premier Division first-round match.

The draw was made at Wellington Oval on New Year’s Day and produced some interesting matchups, with Hood drawn against Onions in a derby match.

Hood won their first FA Cup title when they beat Dandy Town 2-0 at the National Stadium in April last year.

League leaders PHC Zebras, who lost a second final this season to Devonshire Cougars in the Friendship Trophy on New Year’s Day, will play an away match against Somerset Eagles while another all-Premier Division encounter pits Dandy Town at home to Somerset Trojans. PHC have won the competition a record 11 times while Somerset Trojans and North Village each have nine wins.

Butterfield & Vallis, of the Corona League, are aiming to be that league’s sole representative still in the competition when they take on Southampton Rangers in a preliminary-round replay tonight at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm, with the winners advancing to take on First Division side BAA next weekend. Rangers and B&V played to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting.

Village will meet Wolves while X-Roads, of the First Division, will be looking for an upset against Premier Division side Devonshire Colts.

Cougars, winners of two trophies already this season, begin their search for a third trophy when they meet Young Men’s Social Club, the First Division leaders who won the cup three consecutive years in the Sixties.

In the other match Boulevard are at home to St George’s Colts.

n X-Roads strengthened their promotion push with a 6-3 win over Wolves in a make-up match on Monday at Garrison Field. Antinori Butterfield, a late transfer from Somerset Eagles, led the X-Roads scoring with two goals as the home team led 4-0 at the half.

Also among the goals were Rico Beek, Mackih McGowan, Paul Simons and Tyquan Perinchief.

Steven Bremar, a second-half substitute, started the Wolves fightback with their first goal before John Barry Nusum added the second to make it 4-2. Vince Minors added the third Wolves goal to make it 5-3.

The win moves second-place X-Roads to within a point of leaders Social Club.

They have also opened a six-point gap over Rangers, who they meet on Sunday at Southampton Oval.

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Published Jan 4, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 11:05 pm)

Hood start defence against Onions

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