Robinson true to his word as Zebras romp
PHC 6 X-Roads 1
Captain Cecoy Robinson scored his first three goals of the season as PHC clinched the final Dudley Eve Trophy semi-final spot with a comfortable win at Goose Gosling Field.
X-Roads, needing a draw to advance after both teams lost heavily to Dandy Town in their other group matches, were holding their own in the first half before three goals by the Zebras in an eight-minute period either side of the break blew the game wide open.
PHC did have a scare only ten minutes in when Robinson was left groaning in pain on the pitch after a X-Roads defender stood on his right wrist. He went off for further treatment and returned a few minutes later with his wrist bandaged, then led from the front as PHC began to settle into their game.
“I’m still in some pain but I soldiered through it,” Robinson said afterwards. “I’m going to have to get it checked. He stood on my arm and then his other foot went on my hand.”
PHC struck a post soon after from a Zakiyah Lee shot before Donavan Thompson broke through at the other end and blasted a left-footed shot wide of the near post. The match remained close until PHC broke the deadlock three minutes before the break.
X-Roads were down to ten men with midfielder Victor Capitillo off the field injured and substitute Jorge Sanchez waiting to replace him, when Shakhai Trott got through into the box and drove a low shot past goalkeeper Dashun Cooper.
Robinson then had a shot turned around a post by Cooper right before the half after a long pass from midfield.
PHC struck for two more goals in the space of five minutes after the restart, first Marco Warren scoring from 25 yards with a well-placed shot into the top corner and then Robinson opening his account with a shot inside a flat-footed Cooper’s left-hand post.
The X-Roads goalkeeper made amends minutes later when he turned Tre Ming’s effort around a post after defender Chioke Hayward’s back-heel inside his own box was quickly pounced on by Ming, who shot first time.
X-Roads continued to play with plenty of determination and were rewarded with a goal three minutes later when a good move was finished by Thompson, who raced into the box on the left side and steered his shot into the far bottom corner.
A free kick was awarded to PHC after Cooper was called for a handball outside his box. Ming blasted his low shot through the wall and into the back of the net.
PHC sealed their biggest win of the season with two more goals, as Robinson completed his hat-trick with two well-taken goals. The first of the two was the best goal of the night, with Robinson moving quickly upfield on the right side after a X-Roads corner. He carried on into the box before chipping over Cooper and into the far corner from a narrow angle.
Robinson completed his treble when he capitalised on a bad clearance and drove his shot into the bottom corner.
“I haven’t been on the mark, so I told the guys if I get one, I’ll get three and it worked out for me tonight,” he said.
PHC: Shakhai Trott 42, Warren 46, Robinson 50, 78, 89; Ming 70
X-Roads: Thompson 66
PHC (4-3-3): Shaquille Trott — D Usher, D Dowling, R Richardson, D Smith-Lightbourne — T Ming, M Warren, A Hunter (sub: D Lodge, 75min) — C Robinson, Z Lee (sub: K Hypolite, 65), Shakhai Trott (sub: J Sealey, 82). Substitutes not used: T Place, M Lambe, M Wilson. Booked: Hunter, Ming.
X-Roads (4-5-1): D Cooper — C Hayward, K Wilkinson, J Furbert, T Daniels — P Richardson (sub: K Davis-Jones, 62), M Hill, V Capitillo (sub: J Sanchez, 42), A Burgess, T Burgess — D Thompson. Substitutes not used: J Burrows, C McDowall, A Heyliger, R Beek, D Woolridge.
Referee: M Wyer.
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