Village in seventh heaven
North Village 2 Boulevard 0
Premier Division leaders North Village thrashed eight-man Boulevard at Bernard Park yesterday to keep their title hopes firmly on track.
Pierre Smith and Rai Simons each netted braces to lead the home side’s charge while Jaizel Smith-DeShields, Jason Lee and Demetre Daniels also found the net.
Bottom club Boulevard were reduced to ten-men in the 26th minute when forward Aldonte Smith received straight red for a harsh tackle.
After trailing 2-0 at the half on goals from Smith-DeShields and Simons, the visiting side suffered a further setback in the 55th minute when defender Tarreko Wilson was sent off for picking up a second booking.
Village then ruthlessly exploited their numerical advantage as the floodgates opened with Simons grabbing a second before Smith and Daniels completed the rout.
Boulevard lost yet another man after Enyche Zuill left the field without permission in stoppage time.
“It was a real pleasing performance to score a lot of goals, get a shut out in doing so and picking up three points,” Kenny Thompson, the Village coach said. “We wanted to gain control of the tempo of the match from the start. Sometimes matches like this can be tricky if you don’t have the right mindset so I’m really pleased with the team for showing a really good mindset, especially when they went down to ten men.
“We had to reiterate to the players that we have to be extra disciplined, extra responsible to not lose any focus and make the game a little bit more challenging than it could have been, and the players responded well mentally with that in mind.
“After half-time, it was just a matter of managing the game well and we knew that if we managed the game with possession based on a 2-0 lead that we would be able to create more chances and hopefully get a few more goals.”
Village hold a four-point advantage over second-place Robin Hood who have a game in hand on the leaders.
The top two teams will go head-to-head in their next league outing at Bernard Park on Saturday.
Village took early control against struggling Boulevard and mounted waves of attacks but were unable to break down their opponent’s back four.
Smith-DeShields, Daniels and Smith all tested Azir Harvey, the Boulevard goalkeeper, who was kept busy between the sticks all afternoon.
The visiting side’s fortunes took a turn for the worst when Smith was shown straight red for a dangerous lounging tackle on Village defender Kyler Knights.
Village continued to dominate possession and bombard Harvey’s goal but nearly fell behind when Boulevard forward Zaire Burchall’s free kick from just outside of the box struck the near post.
The near miss was a wake-up call for Village who headed the warning and finally broke through when Smith-DeShields smashed in Daniels’s rebound from close range.
Simons doubled the home side’s advantage right on the half-time whistle when his shot from outside of the box took a deflection off of a defender.
Boulevard were forced to make an unscheduled substitution at the start of the second half as defender Antione Famous went off with a severe toothache and were then reduced to nine men when Wilson received his marching orders for picking up a second booking.
At this stage, it was no longer a question would Village win but rather by how many.
Simons netted his second and Village’s third when he controlled Lee’s pass in the box and calmly slotted past Harvey.
Lee then went from provider to scorer when he stabbed home Smith-DeShields’s rebound which Harvey spilt into his path standing right in front of goal.
Smith then redeemed himself for squandering a host of chances when he converted twice inside of four minutes before laying on the pass that led to Village’s seventh and final tally, which Daniels finished with aplomb.
Boulevard were then reduced to eight men when Zuill left the pitch without the referee’s consent and earned a booking for his actions.
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