Darrell makes mark after late transfer
A total of fifty-one players, including 30 from Premier Division clubs, obtained late transfers during the late release period from November 15 to 30.
Many have already played for their new clubs, including teenager Nathan Rego who scored three goals in his first two games for BAA, two of which came Thursday to help them beat Devonshire Cougars 6-3 in this season’s highest scoring Premier Division match. Rego, a product of Somerset Eagles, decided to switch to BAA, just promoted to the Premier Division.
Q’Shai Darrell also made an immediate impression with his new club X-Roads after his transfer from PHC, scoring on his debut in the 3-3 draw with Paget Lions last month. Darrell came on as a substitute at the start of the second half and netted five minutes later as X-Roads came from 3-1 down at half-time.
Goalkeeper Ricardo Brangman moved from Devonshire Cougars to Paget and made his first appearance for the Lions in their 4-0 loss to PHC in the Friendship Trophy preliminary match.
Michael Parsons had a memorable debut for new club Dandy Town last week, helping them inflict the first loss in the league on PHC when they defeated them 2-0.
Parsons transferred from Young Men’s Social Club to Boulevard in the regular transfer period this summer, but did not play for Boulevard.
Town, who were in the relegation zone before picking up a win and a draw in their last two games, also signed Mohamed Aden from Flanagan’s Onions and Kyle Wade from St David’s during the late period.
Another player moving twice in a few months was Henry Stevens-Carty, who is now on Vasco’s books after a summer move to BAA from Devonshire Cougars did not seem to work out.
Donavan Thompson, of X-Roads, is proving to be the best transfer signing of them all, netting in all nine league games since his summer move from St George’s. Thompson has 17 goals so far, including two goals in each of his first three matches before he notched a hat-trick against Boulevard in October.
Thompson also scored four goals in the 6-0 win over Town last month, a feat also accomplished by Cecoy Robinson, the PHC captain, who scored four times in the 7-1 victory over BAA in October.
Keishen Bean has been another solid signing, netting two hat-tricks against Boulevard and Devonshire Cougars, since his transfer from North Village to BAA at the start of the season.
Bean is the second highest scorer in the top flight with ten league goals while Angelo Simmons, of Town, has eight at the halfway stage of the league campaign.
Robinson and Dion Stovell both have seven league goals, though Robinson has six further goals in cup competitions, including a hat-trick against Paget in their recent Friendship Trophy win.
Friendship and Shield matches will dominate football in the next three weeks with quarter-final matches in both competitions scheduled for Sunday, holders PHC playing Somerset Trojans. The finals are scheduled for New Year’s Day, before league action resumes on January 5 and 6.