Village put toothless Warriors to the sword
St David’s 0 North Village 4
North Village were average, St David’s were worse, and a game that was expected to be a stroll for the defending champions turned out to be exactly that at BAA Field last night.
Such was the confidence of Shaun Goater, the Village boss, beforehand that he felt able to give 16-year-old Rory Dublin his second start in goal and leave skipper Sammy DeGraff on the bench as an unused substitute.
That confidence wasn’t misplaced and three goals in eight minutes towards the end of the first half ended the game as a contest and the only surprise in the scoreline is that it wasn’t far higher.
Pierre Smith opened the scoring with little more than 20 minutes gone when he cut inside right back Ankoma Cannonier, drove into the St David’s area, and powered a shot past George O’Brien, the St David’s goalkeeper, at his near post.
O’Brien had already made several good saves to deny Village by that point, however, he could do nothing about the Rams’ second which came from a pile-driver from Tyrell Burgess, who crashed a shot into the top corner from all of 30-yards out.
Burgess had picked up the ball in midfield and the way that the Warriors’ defence backed off allowing him the room to stroll forward and shoot largely summed up their defensive effort as a whole.
Village are unlikely to be gifted as much space as St David’s allowed them on a regular basis, and in the first half they made the most of it. Two minutes after Burgess had scored, Jahquan Smith-Deshields got in on the act finishing off a flowing move that him sweep the ball past O’Brien after good work by Jason Lee down the right.
St David’s were ill-equipped to deal with the pace at which their opponents moved the ball around the field and spent most of the match watching it zip along the surface, and past, through, and around their statuesque defence. Upfront they were equally as impotent and the most trouble they caused Dublin was from O’Brien’s booming kicks out of his hands.
Assured of victory, Shaun Goater’s side got complacent in the second half and Lee’s strike seven minutes from time followed half an hour of keep ball and taking pot shots at George O’Brien, the St David’s goalkeeper, or trying to walk the ball in to the net.
Last night’s win takes Village to the top of the Digicel Premier Division, albeit briefly. Rams have a slender one point lead over PHC, Dandy Town and Devonshire Rec, all of whom play this weekend.
St David’s meanwhile are rooted to the bottom of the league and with one point from seven games show no signs of being anything other than the relegation favourites they were expected to be.
St David’s: G O’Brien, D Butterfield, A Cannonier, E Robinson, D Paynter (H Matthews, 73), A Burchall, F Crockwell (C Minors, 67), A Crockwell, D Lambert, OJ Pitcher, Z Keith (O Minors, 46). Subs not used: C Wellman. Booked: Paynter.
North Village: R Dublin, L Alexander, J Sousa, Kofi Dill, J Davis (J Washington, 76), T Burgess (T Wilson, 85), R Bean, P Smith (C Boyce, 64), J Jennings, J Smith-Deshields, J Lee. Subs not used: Kaiwan Dill, M Dill, S DeGraff.
Goals: Smith 25, Burgess 31, Smith-Deshields 33, Lee 83.