Blazers bundled out in Cup shock
Prospect United 3 Prospect United: K Jennings, Q Robinson, N Woods, J Darrell, B Harris, D Evans, M Hall (A Jackson, 81), J Laws, S Wan, K Desilva (G Greaves, 61), J Belboda. Sub not used: R Bean. Booked Jennings, Robinson, Woods. Sent off Woods
Shaki Swan scored twice, Deforest Evans got another and ten-man Prospect produced the shock of the round as they dumped Boulevard out of the FA Cup yesterday.
Like any good cup shock the game had all the essential ingredients, heroic defending, red cards, some terrible luck in front of goal and the usual mistakes that are normally at the heart of any defeat such as this.
Struggling in the First Division, Prospect were given little chance of winning even against a Boulevard team who are having troubles of their own.
Such was the Premier Division team's confidence that they felt able to leave Michael Parsons, Niko Smith and Takeyhi Walker on the bench. However, by the time any of them eventually entered the fray, the game was as good as over.
The First Division club, though, fully deserved a victory that was built on the back of a heroic second half defensive effort, which was all the more impressive for being produced without central defender Najee Woods.
Woods was sent off in the dying moments of a dramatic first-half for picking up his second booking, although in truth he was probably lucky not to have been shown a straight red after he threw an elbow at Boulevard striker Temeiko Wilson 20 minutes earlier which earnt him his first yellow card.
By that time Prospect were already two goals to the good, both courtesy of Shaki Swan and both of which came from some horrendous defending.
Without the calming influence of Ajani Gibbons, Boulevard's back four struggled to do even the basics well and while Swan and strike partner Kenneth DeSilva aren't the most lethal combination on the Island, they were too good for the likes of Jahleel Crockwell, Arron Foggo, and Arron Nelson.
Swan's first came when a through ball caught the defence cold and the second was the result of a mix-up between Foggo and goalkeeper Devario Whitter, which saw Whitter fire the ball into Nelson's shins and straight to the unmarked Swan.
Blazers had plenty of chances to get back into the game and Wilson spurned two of them when he scuffed a shot when clean through, before heading over the bar from a corner.
The Premier Division side paid the price for those misses and another piece of awful defending saw them fall further behind. Crockwell's attempted clearance fell at the feet of Evans and the big defender ran unopposed into the area before firing the ball past Whitter.
Moments later Woods was sent off and Prospect were lucky to not then concede a penalty from the resulting free-kick when Max Hall appeared to upend Nelson Smith in the penalty area.
It was one-way traffic in the second half, but Blazers, who spent the break arguing amongst themselves, could find no way past Evans, Quennel Robinson, or the rest of the Prospect team.
After bringing on Niko Smith at half-time, Parsons and Walker followed with 30 minutes still to play but it did little to change the flow of the game. By that time Boulevard were too disjointed, too far behind, and didn't believe they could get back into the match.
While a penalty, which Reiko Trott converted, gave Boulevard some hope, the momentum was firmly with their opponents, and despite being dead on their feet, the blocks still kept coming. Kentoine Jennings wouldn't be beaten in goal and what little luck Boulevard had left finally deserted them when Parsons' header came back off the underside of the bar and was cleared.
Still the four minutes of injury time might have been more nerve-wracking had Wilson made the most of a chance in the final minute of normal time, but he was denied by a fine double-save from Jennings.
Goals: Swan 6, 15, Evans 39.
Boulevard: D Whitter, A Foggo, A Nelson, J Crockwell (T Walker, 61), R Trott, K Lathan (M Parsons, 62), J Davis, A Simmons, Nelson Smith, T Stovell (Niko Smith, 46), T Wilson. Subs not used: K Easton, D Simons, D Butler. Booked Niko Smith. Sent off Niko Smith.
Goal: Trott 67.
Referee: C Richardson
Man of the match: Evans