Super-sub Douglas inspires St George’s
St George’s Colts 5 Southampton Rangers 2
Substitute Allan Douglas Jr. came off the bench after 35 minutes to lay his authority in this Premier Division clash at Wellington Oval yesterday by scoring a hat-trick.
At a time when the home team were strugglnig to gain an initiative he was called on to replace the injured Ernest Signor _ and his presence added much-neded spark and tremendous dividends. Douglas latched onto a cross from David Signor from near the half-way line and hammered the ball home from close in on the right after 36 minutes to put Colts ahead.
Douglas’ presence added immediate impact up front for Colts and for the rest of the half the visitors had to rely on goalkeeper Jason Smith to pull off some dramatic saves from Douglas twice and Jahron Dickinson twice Dickinson’s second chance coming from point-blank range with Smith tipping it over the bar. Despite this dominance by the home side Rangers should have grabbed an equaliser a minute before the half but Jahma Charles headed a cross high over the bar from close range.
It wasn’t a surprise when Douglas made it 2-0 after 50 minutes when he slipped through the defence to stroke the ball home from close range.
But what surely must have frustrated the Colts’ bench came right after the goal when Rangers lost centre-back Ijahman Mallory when he shoved forward Clevon Hill.
Colts were unable to take any decisive edge in the game for the rest of the half with a man advantage, Rangers responding positively and often showing they were quite capable of getting behind the defence. After 60 minutes midfielder Jelani Carlington stormed home a 20-yard blast to put Colts 3-0 but the visitors remained competitive despite falling further behind.
Nine minutes later Rangers were rewarded for their fight with Khalil Symonds catching the defence in a daze allowing him to score from a Reggie Lowe corner unchallenged.
The game came alive during the last 15 minutes with Colts missing three easy scoring chances and Rangers one.
Chae Simmons made it 4-1 for Colts after 81 minutes while Vernon Perinchief pulled one back for Rangers four minutes later to make it 4-2.Rangers were to have a second ejection with goalkeeper Smith being sent off by referee Holmes for a second bookable offence, fouling Dickinson and Douglas made it 5-2 from the penalty spot.
St George’s: E Trott, E Signor (A Douglas, 35), J Simmons, A Dill, J Bassett, J Carlington, D Signor (M Hodsoll, 46), C Simmons, J Dickinson, C Darrell, C Hill (M Crane, 60)
Substitutes not used: Z Hendrickson, C Ottley, M Anderson
Southampton Rangers: J Smith, M Williams, I Mallory, J Hill, K Symonds (K Durrant, 81), M Burch, V Perinchief, K Simmons, R Lowe, A Burrows (Y Bean, 63), J Charles
Substitutes not used: J Caisey, R Lowe, D Curtis.
Referee: E Holmes
Man of the match: A Douglas
Red Cards: J Smith and I Mallory (Rangers).