Saki's scissor-kick goal saves Town
North Village 1
Dandy Town 1
An acrobatic overhead kick by substitute Saki Tuzo rescued a draw for Dandy Town against North Village in the FA Cup first round at Bernard Park yesterday.
Earlier on in the second half, a defence-splitting pass from skipper Sammy DeGraff was confidently finished by striker Jason Lee to give Village the lead.
The hosts then had several chances to kill the game off before Tuzo's spectacular strike earned his side the reprieve.
His initial effort had been superbly saved by Village's substitute 'keeper Jason Williams but with the ball ballooning up the in air, Tuzo, with his back to goal, scissor-kicked the ball into the vacant net from an acute angle.
Had it not been for some poor finishing then Village could and should have won this game by more than one goal.
Lee and fellow striker Keishen Bean were the main culprits with both players squandering a number of chances.
In fairness, Bean did have the ball in the net midway through the second half but his goal was disallowed with referee Anthony Mouchette spotting a handball by Lee in the build-up to the goal.
The visitors had suffered a blow before kick-off when their 'keeper Treadwell Gibbons injured himself in the warm-up.
In a bizarre turn of events, they had to start the game with ten men because reserve 'keeper Chambers Deaz had not brought his kit to the game and had to go home to collect it. Deaz's aberration meant striker Kevin Hurdle had to go in goal while his team waited for Deaz's return.
Hornets, too, showed moments of attacking flair with Village Kofi Dill having to clear a Fabian Frankson shot off the line.
But Village still had chances to wrap the win up with Bean twice going close before the final whistle, first with a snap shot from the edge of the box before failing to pull the trigger in time after being released on goal by Lee.
Hornets coach Jomar Wilkinson praised his goalscorer Tuzo and said he was pleased with his team's resilient display.
“It was a great goal to equalise, games between Village and Hornets always seem to produce entertaining games,” said Wilkinson, whose side beat Village at Bernard Park in the league earlier this season.”
The replay between Village and Dandy Town will be tomorrow night at a yet to be confirmed venue.
P. Smith, T. Burgess, D. Tankard, J. Sousa, K. Dill, S. DeGraff, V. Tankard, T. Brown, K. Bean, J. Lee, R. Robinson (J. Williams, 45)
Substitutes not used: J. Boyles, M. Saunders, M. Swan, L. Alexander
Dandy Town: C. Deaz, T. Daniels, F. Frankson, A. Lowe, J. Peniston, J. Swan, W. Place, (S. Brown, 81) R. Wells (S. Tuzo, 43), D. Butterfield (H. Wolffe, 78), K. Hurdle, R. Beach
Substitutes not used: D. Johnson, J. Stowe, R. Saltus
Goals: Tuzo, 71
Yellow card: T. Daniels
Referee: A. Mouchette
Man of the match: J. Sousa (Village)