Cayman-bound Village beat Trojans
North Village 3North Village made final preparations for their Caribbean Football Union Club Championships with a hard fought win over Somerset Trojans at Bernard Park yesterday.
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Village will fly the flag for Bermuda at the championships in the Cayman Islands over the coming weekend after earning the right to play in the tournament by winning last season’s Premier Division.
Goals from Kaiwon Dill, Jason Lee and Ralph Bean jr paced the side to the win in a testy atmosphere.
The match threatened to boil over in the dying stages when Village striker Jason Lee and Trojans midfielder Keija Simmons had to be pulled away from each other, with referee Tracey Adams showing both men red cards for the fracas.
“We have been trying to build a little bit more chemistry in the team as we don’t know what to expect when we go down there. This game was a good test because we knew that Trojans would give us a good battle,” said skipper Sammy DeGraff.
“We could have put home a couple more of our chances but it is a good way to end the season at home, so everyone is in good spirits heading to the Caribbean.
“We have won our last three games, that gives us some confidence.”
Dill struck first for last year’s champions, who relinquished their coveted league title to city rivals Dandy Town this term, in the 24th minute after he capped off a good build-up, beating Shaquille Bean in goal for the visitors.
Lee then got his name on the scoresheet in the 43rd minute to deflate Trojans in what had been an evenly poised game.
Bean wrapped up all the points in the 77th to confirm that the Rams would end the season on a winning note at home, calmly slotting past Bean with minimal fuss.
Village still face an FA Cup semi-final against Robin Hood after their trip south where they are pitted in Group One against Georgetown Sports Club and Elite Sports Club.
The winner of the group will advance to the next stage where they will meet Puerto Rico Islanders and Trinidad’s Caledonia and Elite Sports Club. The best runner-up from Groups One, Two and Three will also progress the second round.
“There is a lot to play for us, we have the FA Cup to look forward to as well as the competition we are going to, so it’s not over for us,” added DeGraff.
“Hopefully we can return everyone healthy from our trip and focus on the FA Cup.
“Robin Hood should be ready for the task that lies ahead of them, so we just want to be prepared for everything and come back looking to end our season on a high.”
J Williams, L Alexander, D Tankard, D Grant, K Dill, J Davis (J Jennings, 75), R Bean jr, J Lee, J Boyles (P Smith, 63), S DeGraff, K Dill (V Tankard, 56)
Subs not used: K Knights, L Dill
Red: J Lee
Goals: K Dill, 24, J Lee, 43, R Bean, 77
Somerset Trojans: S Bean, J Rogers, J Harvey-Outerbridge 2, K Simmons12, T Ming, Geno Smith 13, J Simmons (L Burger, 57), T Harvey (J Tucker, 67) J Bean, M Jones, T Wade
Subs not used: R Simons, J Tucker, A Ebbin, J Swan, D Minors
Yellow: J Harvey-Outerbridge,
Red: K Simmons
Referee: T Adams
Man-of-the-Match: S DeGraff
Dandy Town 1Dandy Town’s title celebration were slightly spoiled after they lost to city rivals Devonshire Cougars at St John’s Field.
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Cougars went into the lead through a Moses Steede penalty but Town levelled via Tre Manders.
Two late goals from Jesse Seymour and Tre Dill stole the points for the visitors, although the result was the least of anyone’s concern in the Town camp.
St David’s 2Shea Pitcher scored a hat-trick to earn St George’s East End bragging rights with their win over St David’s.
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David Signor and Allan Douglas both scored a goal apiece to help Pitcher, while Zach Morris scored twice for the Islanders in the loss.
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