No upsets as top-flight sides advance
Yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final matches went according to form with First Division sides BAA, St George’s and X-Roads all failing to put their names into the hat for today’s semi-final draw.
BAA went down 3-0 to cup holders Robin Hood on Saturday night when Shannon Burchall kept alive the Premier Division leaders’ hopes of a first league and FA Cup double by scoring a hat-trick at Goose Gosling Field.
X-Roads, the First Division leaders, gave Dandy Town a scare at Garrison Field when Tyquan Perinchief broke the deadlock midway through the first half, only for Town to lead at the break after goals from captain Angelo Simmons, a penalty, and Damon Ming.
“You have to respect every opponent and they already had my respect before we came into the game,” Kwame Steede, the Town coach, said. “You have to respect that they are top of the league and already promoted.”
With better finishing X-Roads could have beaten a second Premier Division side this season, having beaten Devonshire Colts in the first round.
“We were definitely confident that we could take this game,” Khomeini Talbot, the X-Roads assistant coach, said.
“Given how the game went, I think we played well in both halves.
“We had opportunities and a goal disallowed, but that happens. I’m proud of my guys, they worked hard, played well and gave a good account of themselves.
“We’re a Premier Division team now and this is the level we expect to be playing at.
“We were missing our coach, who has a bad back injury and is in hospital, our first-choice goalkeeper [Dashun Cooper], who had a bike accident this morning, and one of our star midfielders [Ahria Simons] has a shoulder injury. We have depth in the team.
“They don’t call us Warriors for nothing. Our finishing wasn’t there today.”
At PHC Field, home side PHC advanced after seeing off a gutsy St George’s Colts.
PHC took a deserved lead through Jaaivaid Warren-Smith who broke the deadlock from a set piece. But First Division side St George’s came storming back and equalised from the penalty spot through striker Allan Douglas.
PHC captain Cecoy Robinson finally settled this evenly fought cup tie with a neat finish on a quick break that caught St George’s off guard.
Scott Morton, the PHC coach, was not entirely happy with his players’ performance.
“I’m always thankful for the victory, especially in cup competitions,” Morton said. “The players showed some belief and fight but not enough in methodical play.”
Underdogs St George’s matched their opponents in every department but were ultimately undone by a mental lapse which Robinson capitalised upon.
“I think we put in a good effort today,” Philip Anderson, the St George’s captain, said.
“We tried to play ball with PHC and if we would have put away more of our chances it might have been a different game.”
North Village advanced to the last four with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Devonshire Cougars at Bernard Park.
The home side prevailed with goals from Lashun Dill, Demetre Daniels and a Shayne Hollis penalty.
“In our last league match [against Dandy Town)] we put in a good performance, but we didn’t get the result we were looking for,” Devarr Boyles, the Village coach, said.
“We have to do a much better job controlling the tempo of our matches.
“While we did a better job today controlling the tempo, I do have to give the Cougars credit as they made the game difficult for us.
“If we had taken some of our scoring chances later in the game, things may not have been as difficult for us. So moving forward in all competitions, we need to do a much better job managing and closing out games.”
Omar Butterfield, the Cougars coach, blamed his team’s demise on complacency.
“We have to get our focus and concentration back,” he said.
“We enjoyed a degree of success in the first half of the season, but since that time we have allowed complacency to creep into our game and we’ve lost our edge and focus as a result.”
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