Zebras and Blazers share the spoils
PHC 0Boulevard grabbed a vital point on the road to keep their survival hopes alive with a draw against PHC at Southampton Oval.
Blazers, who were bottom of the table heading into the match, could ill-afford to lose their encounter against high-flying Zebras.
And after holding PHC to a share of the spoils, Blazers are now just three points off Southampton Rangers and level with St David’s.
What makes the run-in all the more interesting is that Boulevard welcome St David’s to BAA Field this weekend, before returning to Southampton Oval to clash with Rangers in the final game of the season.
Blazers defender Ajani Gibbons said: “It was a hard-fought match that went to the end, we came looking for the maximum but in the end one point will help us in our quest for survival.
“One win and a draw in our last two matches will hopefully get us out of the drop, but we need to remain focused and take each game as a final, given our place in the league.
“It was good to see our goalkeeper come out and play well and it showed today in the saves he made.
“We have two games left against those fighting with us to stay in the top flight but we are looking to take six points from the last two games and set ourselves up for survival.”
It was a game of missed opportunities for both Blazers and PHC who could have scored a handful of goals if their attackers hadn’t been so wasteful.
PHC’s Antwan Russell missed the target completely after goalkeeper Randy Broadbelt hit a clearance straight at the striker.
The usually calm and collected Russell, a Bermuda international, sailed his effort wide of the mark, a sign of things to some for the rest of the game.
Blazers striker Temeiko Wilson was also a culprit of missing good chances for when he was put in behind the PHC defence, but he hit his shot directly at Zebras’ ‘keeper Troy Hall.
PHC winger Shakir Smith had the most significant miss of the afternoon after clever build up down the wing from Darren Usher saw the ball find Smith at the back post with the net at his mercy.
His inaccuracy defined the games finishing, missing the entire goal from six yards.
Blazers had a few forays at the Zebras goal in the final few minutes, with both Mel Gibbons and Aldonte Smith both having good looks at goal, but Hall was up to the task of keeping the visitors at bay.
PHC: T Hall, C Robinson, R Richardson, K Griffith, J Ball, D Robinson (D Usher, 78), R Deshields, M Piper, S Smith, A Russell, K Lambe (C Robinson, 67)
Substitutes not used: T Place, T Brown, S Boyles-Simmons, F Grant
Yellow cards: J Ball
Boulevard: R Broadbelt, A Foggo, R Wilson, A Gibbons, J Crockwell, R Burgess (D Taylor, 73), S Robinson, A Smith, M Gibbons, T Wilson (K Easton, 82), N Smith
Substitutes not used: A Famous, T Lowe, T Stovell, Clinton Hayward, S Fostin, D Butler
Yellow cards: S Robinson
Referee: R Cann
Man of the Match: R Broadbelt (Boulevard)
Robin Hood 0
St George’s 2
St George’s grabbed two first half goals to earn a win over Robin Hood at BAA Field.
The visitors got off to a fine start when Angelo Cannonier gave them the lead in the 21st minute.
Defender David Signor then doubled the advantage with a long range effort just before the break to seal the victory for Colts.
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