PHC hit for six by Hornets
Raymond Beach scored a hat-trick as Dandy Town kept their 'double' hopes of alive after thrashing PHC in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup at St John's Field yesterday.
The Digicel Premier Division leaders sent a clear message to those remaining in the competition, disposing of their nearest rivals in the league with minimal fuss.
Goals came thick and fast in both halves for the hosts with Angelo Simmons, Fabian Frankson, and Lyn Tucker finding the net for the winners, while Cecoy Robinson scored for the visitors, who also had skipper Antwan Russell sent off.
“We played well today under the conditions, we stuck to our game plan and it worked well today in seeing the result,” said winger Damon Ming. “We had to play the ball along the ground, that's our aim regardless of the conditions and it worked well for us today and we are pleased.”
“In keeping the ball moving, it tires the opposition and you have the chance to apply pressure in the attacking end and that was the difference today.”
Simmons opened his side's account in the fifth minute when he was found alone in the area with the simplest of chances to beat Troy Hall in goal for the Zebras.
Beach was in the act six minutes later, when he was found making one of his deadly runs, slotting home to make it 2-0.
Frankson then made it a three-goal deficit when he latched onto a through ball to get his name on the scoresheet.
The romp was on before the game was really into the meat of the action, and PHC striker Russell was sent to the showers by referee Ronue Cann when he was shown a red card for dissent in the 39th.
To their credit, Zebras grabbed a goal back through Robinson in the 53rd, and thoughts of an unexpected comeback were lingering in some fans' minds.
Those thoughts, however, were quickly extinguished in the 65th minute when Beach scored his second to restore their three goal lead after a partially cleared ball in the Zebras area fell to him three yards from goal.
Beach then rattled the crossbar with a rasping drive that had Hall beaten all ends up in goal moments later, although he would grab his third shortly after.
A clever interchanging exchange in the 75th between Antonio Lowe, Seion Darrell and Lyn Tucker saw Beach put through behind the PHC back four, which the lethal poacher dispatching his effort into the back of the net.
Tucker, for all his industrious work in the midfield for the Hornets, was rewarded in the 83rd when he broke up a Zebras move and was clear on goal, slotting home to seal the deal.
Substitute Hey Wolfe had a chance to compound the visitors' misery, but a last ditch tackle from Hall made sure the wounds weren't further opened.
Ming added: “This game was like any other game for us, we don't look too far forward and just want to get results and today we got one, it was convincing but we have to put it behind us now and look forward to the next one.
“Every team has a season changing game but for us we just want to work for one another, work on our team harmony and that's what helps teams when the games get rough and seemingly out of reach.
“The double is still on, but we have to do our job and let the results take care of themselves, but we are happy to be advancing and in the end we move on.”
Dandy Town: T Gibbons, A Lowe, K Tucker, G Dyer, A Rocker, S Darrell, L Tucker (W Place, 76), D Ming, F Frankson (T Manders, 72), A Simmons (H Wolfe, 86), R Beach
Substitutes not used: B Minors, D Chambers
Yellow cards: T Gibbons
Goals: Simmons, 5, Beach, 11, 65, 75, Tucker, 83
PHC: T Hall, R Richardson, K Griffith, R Deshields, K Lambe (C Castle, 63), J Sealy, S Smith, L Bascome (J Ball, 85), C Robinson, A Russell, A Smith (M Simmons, 85)
Substitutes not used: D Robinson, M Lambe
Red card: A Russell
Goals: Robinson, 53
Referee: R Cann
Man of the Match: L Tucker (Hornets)