Family affair for Town’s Steede and Swan
Boulevard 0 Dandy Town 3
It proved a memorable family affair for Kwame Steede as Dandy Town overcame Boulevard in an eventful encounter at Goose Gosling Field yesterday.
With Town leading 1-0, courtesy of Jahkari Furbert’s first-half strike, 17-year-old Enrique Swan entered the field, with 15 minutes remaining, stepping into midfield alongside his 39-year-old father Steede.
Minutes later, father and son combined with Steede knocking the ball down for Swan to prod home in what proved a particularly memorable moment for the former. Furbert wrapped up the scoring late on in a match which also saw Town miss two penalties and Boulevard one.
“To see him score while I’m on the pitch before I retire is a really special moment for me,” Steede said. “The last time I set him up he missed so this time round he did it for me.
“I’m heading out the door soon and so it’s great to see him come through. This will more than likely be my last year and so to go out playing with my son in the same team is a good way to end it.
“When I was 16 and breaking into the team I never imagined playing in the same team as my own boy. Thankfully I managed to keep myself in shape and the chance has come about.
“It’s great for the club to be able to give the youth players a chance. This is a transitional time for the club with a number of older players heading out, it’s important to have those youngsters coming through.”
It was already relegated Boulevard who should have opened the scoring in the tenth minute. Town defender Neil Dante Smith was caught in possession on the edge of the area with the ball rolling into the path of Enyche Zuill, whose shot inside the area was well blocked by goalkeeper Julian Roser.
They were made to rue the miss just minutes later as Town took the lead in a disastrous moment for Boulevard goalkeeper Azir Harvey as he somehow allowed Furbert’s inswinging free kick from the right-hand side squirm into the bottom right corner despite getting a hand to the effort. Boulevard responded strongly to the setback with Khiry Easton being denied after good work down the left wing by Zaire Burchall, while they somehow failed to level moments before the interval as a ball across the Town goalmouth was sent goalwards a number of times before it was frantically cleared.
The home side started the second half just as they did the first with Town almost gifting them a goal. Once again a defender was caught in possession on the wedge of the area, with Roser again rescuing his team, racing off his line to smother the ball at Teron Butterfield’s feet.
At the other end, Tarreko Wilson prevented a certain goal, brilliantly throwing himself in front of Clay Darrell’s close-range effort, while Steede also had the ball in the net in the 53rd minute, only to be chalked off for offside.
Town should have doubled their advantage just after the hour mark when an incisive move saw Angelo Simmons release Furbert down the left-hand side. The winger perfectly picked out Darrell who somehow volleyed over when it appeared easier to hit the target.
Further chances came and went with Steede denied by the woodwork as his header from another pinpoint Furbert cross came crashing back off the crossbar, before Town were awarded their first penalty with Simmons upended inside the area in the 73rd minute.
The Town captain took responsibility himself but was brilliantly denied as Harvey dived to his left to divert the powerful effort over the bar.
However, the visiting side finally doubled their advantage five minutes later as Steede guided Furbert’s cross from the right into the path of Swan who prodded a low effort past Harvey.
In a frantic period, Town were awarded a second penalty after 81 minutes as substitute Matthew James Mello-Cann burst into the area before being brought down by Butterfield. Mello-Cann was handed the ball but the young winger could not capitalise with Harvey diving full stretch to his left to push the spot kick onto the underside of the bar and away.
Just two minutes later Boulevard were handed their own opportunity from the spot as Burchall was upended on the right-hand side of the area.
Defender Antoine Famous took responsibility but also failed from 12 yards with his powerful right-foot effort crashing back off the cross bar.
With four minutes remaining Furbert wrapped up proceedings, collecting a pass from Steede before drilling a low left-foot effort past Harvey.
Furbert 13, 86
Boulevard (4-3-3): A Harvey — A Famous, N Augustus, T Butterfield, T Wilson — N Smith, Z Stovell, K Easton (sub: Y Darrell 58) — E Zuill (sub: N Eversley 75), Z Burchall, T Walker. Booked: K Easton.
Dandy Town (4-3-3): J Roser — S Darrell, E Blankendal, J Bean-Lindo, Neil Dante Smith — J Chapman, K Steede, J Johnson (sub: L Emery 45) — J Furbert, A Simmons (sub: Mello-Cann 79, C Darrell (sub: E Swan 74). Substitutes not used: M Parsons, A Martin, T Gibbons.
Referee: T Simons.
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