Burchall strikes twice for Rangers
Shannon Burchall scored twice and Shaki Swan a third midway through the second half as Southampton Rangers beat neighbours PHC Zebras in the Player Development League Festive Tournament final yesterday.
PHC, who thrashed Dandy Town 4-1 in last year’s final, earned a spot in the final after the Bermuda Football Association ruled this week that Devonshire Colts fielded an ineligible player in their semi-final win over the Zebras last weekend.
However, PHC Zebras were no match for Rangers who broke the deadlock after just four minutes when Burchall opened his account with a well-taken goal.
Midfielder Jesse Seymour set up the move when he sent Burchall through into the box on the left side with a perfect pass from the centre circle, leaving Burchall with the task of beating goalkeeper Treaz Place with his low shot into the far bottom corner.
PHC had a couple of good chances to equalise as Shakir Smith drove his effort wide of the far post and then, late in the half, Khamasi Lightbourne put a first-time effort wide of the near post after he anticipated Jahkai Dyer’s back pass to his goalkeeper Corey Richardson but hurried his first time effort wide.
Rangers made Zebras pay for that miss as Burchall added a second in the 44th minute when he converted a cross at the near post to make it 2-0. Ryan Hassell kept the game close when he converted a penalty for PHC in the 57th minute after he was shoved inside the box.
However, Rangers restored their two-goal lead in the 72nd minute when Keedai Astwood crossed from the left and Swan side-footed into the roof of the net from close range.