Rangers end winless run
Devonshire Cougars 0 Southampton Rangers 2
Southampton Rangers snapped a four-game winless streak in the league and moved closer to safety after securing all of the spoils in a scrappy contest at Devonshire Recreation Club yesterday.
Penalties either side of the break from Kamali Davis and substitute Shayne Hollis earned the visiting side their second league win of the year and first since handing Somerset Eagles a 2-0 defeat at home on January 5.
The result catapulted Jomar Wilkinson’s team three places in the standings to fifth with five league matches remaining in the season.
Quadir Maynard, the Rangers captain, said: “We are very happy. This is our second win in the league for the second half of the season and we needed that. We have been struggling and unlucky so we needed these three points today.”
“These three points have moved us away a bit more from the bottom so we just have to keep working hard and fighting hard and hopefully we get the desired results.”
Wilkinson was pleased with his team’s effort and to have recorded a second straight shutout win, having beaten Dandy Town by the same scoreline in the FA Cup four days earlier.
“I was pleased with the effort they put in, but I still felt we made the game difficult by not simplifying it,” he said.
“I was pleased with our defensive work, to come away with a 2-0 victory shows a lot.
“This is the second time we have had a shutout consecutively, so I am very pleased where we are headed but we still have a long way to go.
“There are a lot of things that we need to go back to the drawing board and correct, and I’m looking for honest players.”
Cougars dominated possession during the early stages but were unable to penetrate a well organised Rangers defence.
After settling down the visiting side finally got a foothold in midfield and began causing problems in the attacking third with their crisp passing and movement off the ball.
Kieshon Wilson, the Rangers striker, should have done better after being picked out in the box twice while Jarazhino Bassett brought off a superb fingertip save from Ajai Daniels, the Cougars goalkeeper.
The visiting side were awarded a penalty after Zeko White, the Cougars captain, handled in the area. Davis made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Daniels the wrong way with an effort into the right bottom corner to put Rangers out front right on the stroke of half-time.
Cougars started the second half off on a promising note with striker Nyeem Simmons forcing Shaquille Bean, the Rangers goalkeeper, to make his first save of the match. Zari Simmons then curled a free kick from the edge of the box over as the home side kept chipping away at the deficit.
Rangers eventually regained control with Donte Brangman, the Bermuda international, having an angled shot inside the box saved while Bassett miskicked the former’s cross at the back post.
Bassett redeemed himself somewhat when he earned his team another penalty after being brought down by goalkeeper Daniels. Hollis, who came on as a 59th minute substitute, converted the penalty to all but make the points safe.
Cougars mounted a late rally and nearly pulled one back. Juma Mouchette struck the post with the rebound falling to fellow substitute Trey Tucker, whose effort was saved by Bean.
Tucker then raced into the box but had the ball cleared off his feet by defender McQuinn Burch, who timed his tackle superbly.
Southampton: Davis 45 pen, Hollis 78 pen
Devonshire Cougars (4-1-4-1): A Daniels — Zekiro White, A Samuels, Zeko White, D Williams — Z Simmons, C Caisey, J Fox, K Durrant (sub: K Mills -Wilson, 69min), S Pearman (sub: J Mouchette, 60) — N Simmons (sub: T Tucker, 60). Substitutes not used: K Trott, Young, J Wade, J Furbert-Wade. Booked: Daniels.
Southampton Rangers (4-4-2): S Bean — M Nisbett- Tankard, M Burch, K Harrison, K Astwood (sub: J Hill, 60) — Q Maynard (sub: S Hollis, 59), D Brangman, D Ming, J Bassett — K Davis, K Wilson (sub: C Henry, 60). Substitutes not used: R Wright, N Mello, T Wilkinson, R Simmons.
Referee: L Cann.
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