St. David’s down and out
St David’s were the first team to fall out of the Premier Division after their 2-0 loss to Boulevard on Saturday night a result that left them with no chance of getting out of the bottom two.
Heading into the weekend, all eyes were on the bottom of the league with both Boulevard and St David’s battling with Southampton Rangers to see who would survive the drop.
The two rivals entered Saturday’s match at BAA Field level on points and needing a positive result to apply pressure on Rangers who were three points clear of the drop zone.
Rangers lost to Devonshire Cougars 1-0 yesterday and now everything goes down to the final day next Sunday when Rangers host Boulevard.
Blazers need a win with a draw enough to ensure Rangers’ safety as the Southampton club have a better goal difference.
Goals from Niko Smith and Temiko Wilson gave Boulevard the win, setting up the winner-takes-all showdown .
“We feel deflated, we lost and only have ourselves to blame,” said St David’s defender Aaron Lugo. “Someone has to come second in sports and it is unfortunate that it was us on the losing end, we can only look at ourselves.
“The show must go on, we have been down before so it’s nothing new and we have to move forward with things as they are. It’s different when you have never been down but we will look at the positives of this and go on from there.
“The mood is sombre right now, obviously, and humbling. Losing is never a good thing but we have to look at our performances and say that it is our fault at the end of the day.
“I would like to thank the coach for the season . . . we can only look forward to next season.”
The relegation places would have need wrapped up had Rangers beaten Devonshire Cougars at home, but a Kijuan Franks penalty settled matters after Korvon Tucker was hauled down in the area.
The result mean that Boulevard and Rangers are tied on 11 points while St David’s are on eight points.
Elsewhere, North Village comfortably beat newly-crowned champions Dandy Town at Bernard Park, 5-2.
Tyrell Burgess gave Village the lead before Kaiwon Dill doubled their advantage.
Raymond Beach brought Town within one but Ralph Bean restored the two-goal lead when he scored directly from a corner.
Lashn Dill made it 4-1 before Fabian Frankson pulled a goal back for the Hornets but the points were wrapped up when Jason Lee scored his side’s fifth.
St George’s beat PHC 2-1 at Wellington Oval thanks to goals from Shea Pitcher and Jahron Dickinson.
Antwan Russell scored for Zebras who were lucky to get out with just a one-goal loss.
Somerset Trojans beat Robin Hood 3-2 on Friday night at Somerset Cricket Club thanks to a double strike from Jahmeiko Harvey-Outerbridge.
Drewonde Bascome put Hood ahead before Harvey-Outerbridge levelled matters for the hosts.
Marcelos Thomas put the visitors back ahead just before the break and the score stayed this way until youngster Tre Harvey netted midway through the second half.
It was left to Harvey-Outerbridge to win the match for the home team late in the game to seal all three points.
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