PHC move further clear of drop zone
PHC Zebras 2 Somerset Eagles 0
PHC Zebras picked up an important victory on the road, as they beat Somerset Eagles 2-0 at White Hill Filed yesterday.
Last year’s league winners came into the match sitting directly at mid-table, knowing that this result could be very significant to the trajectory of their season.
Captain Cecoy Robinson who scored the opener, was pleased with the result and the team’s effort on the day.
“We came into the match knowing that a win would put good distance between us and the teams that are in the relegation zone so this was a big three points for us,” he said.
“Getting the early goal helped to settle the nerves a bit and we did well to see out the victory.”
The home side had the first clear chance in the twelfth minute. Rayquan Smith ran onto a through ball but could not beat keeper Shaquille Trott.
PHC then had their best chance when Marco Warren was picked out by Robinson, but he could not get enough on his first time attempt.
The pair linked up moments later for the opener though, when Warren’s pullback from was met by Robinson, who’s low finish from 12 yards crept under keeper Jermaine Rumley.
On the stroke of half-time, PHC were gifted their second goal when Rumley was unable to hold on to a cross from the right.Keishon Bean was first on the scene to poke the ball into the net, giving his team a two-goal cushion going into the interval.
Eagles were the clear aggressors coming into the second half as they looked to get themselves back itno the match.
The early pressure produced a couple of good chances that may have turned the tide had they been converted.
Substitute Tahj Wade was through on a return pass from midfield but could not get the decisive touch before Trott was off his line smartly to collect.
Nathan Rego then had the best chance to pull one back on the hour mark, as he was played clean through with only the keeper to beat. However, Trott was again fast off his line to cut the angle and make the save.
The defeat leaves Eagles second from bottom but coach Jensen Rogers is encouraged by his team’s performances.
“I feel like we have been playing well and been a bit unfortunate,” he said.
“If we continue to show up and improve we will turn those good performances into good results.”
PHC Zebras: Robinson 22, K Bean 45
Somerset Bridge (4-3-3): J Rumley — S Lambert, G Smith, L Burch — C Smith (sub: R Ford, 82min), M Iris-Smith, T Eve — A Telford, R Woodley-Smith (sub: M Thomas, 62), N Rego, E Fubler (sub: T Wade, 57). Substitutes not used: C Medeiros. Booked: S Lambert 19, Telford 38.
PHC Zebras (4-3-3): S Trott — D Usher, N Griffith, M Lambe, D Smith-Lightboure — D Lodge, S Trott (sub: J Sealy, 82), M Warren, K Bean, T Ming (sub: J Joseph, 82), C Robinson. Substitutes not used: J Morrissey, K Hypolite, Z Weller, Z Lee, K Abraha.
Referee: L Christopher.
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