Boyles hails difference makers
It is often said that a team is only as strong as its bench.
This certainly proved to be the case for Dandy Town whose substitutes played a key factor in their Dudley Eve Trophy triumph over holders Robin Hood at Devonshire Recreation Club on Sunday. Town won the match 5-2.
Oneko Lowe and Clay Darrell both came on late in the second period and scored within a minute of each other to put the match beyond Hood’s reach.
Fellow substitute Lynn Emery also held his end of the bargain after replacing captain and goal scorer Angelo Simmons.
“The three substitutes that came on, that was the difference for me,” Devarr Boyles, the Town coach, said. “Lynn shored it up in midfield and gave us a bit more bite and we had two goalscorers Oneko and Clay so it was fantastic for us.
“It’s always three moments in a game. The game always starts even; a team has a moment and we had ours first. Then second half credit to Robin Hood, the first 15 minutes we were up against it.
“Hood had a chance to probably make it 3-3, so in order to win a final I think you need some luck, and I think we got some luck in that moment.”
The win was Town’s first in the competition, which honours the memory and legacy of late Bermuda Football Association founding member Dudley Eve, in five years and also ended a four-year trophy drought.
“It feels good to lift another cup again and I’m delighted with the team work,” Simmons, the Town captain, said. “We came with a game plan and stuck to it, and I’m just happy to get the job done.
“We knew it was going to be tight, but our team always creates chances so it was just about being comfortable in front of goal and finishing our chances.
“That’s what we did, we took five well-taken goals and I’m just delighted that we are back on the rise.”
John Barry Nusum, the Hood coach, admitted his team was unequal to the task, particularly in the attacking third where they wasted gilt-edged chances.
“We made it tough and kind of put ourselves in a hole by not coming out of the gates as good as we want to,” he said.
“First half, I don’t think we were aggressive enough. We knew Town were going to come out aggressively and I think they outworked us for the majority of the game.
“Second half we put a better foot forward as far as the effort goes and got the opportunities, but just couldn’t connect and they scored a fluke goal from the corner and that changes everything after that. We were in the game and getting the chances, but just couldn’t get it to 3-3 to tie it up and put the pressure back on them.
We were able to get back into it, but just couldn’t get over that line. ”
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