Village romp to easy victory
Wolves 2 North Village 5Life after former coach Shaun Goater started promisingly for North Village on Friday night as Wolves suffered a heavy defeat at Devonshire Rec.
Village were also missing new coach Ralph Bean who was serving a one-match ban while Randy Spence filled in as coach and was credited with the win. Even the experienced Dwayne (Streaker) Adams in goal was hardly missed with stand-in ‘keeper Pierre Smith seldom tested as Village did most of the attacking. Had striker Keishen Bean had better luck in front of goal, Village would have won by an even bigger margin.
They got the scoring underway in the 18th minute when captain Jemeiko Jennings got on the end of a through ball from Dakai Grant to slot his first time shot past the Wolves ‘keeper Jahhi Shakir. Jennings should have made it 2-0 four minutes later when a cross from the right saw Torry Davis fail to clear in front of goal before Jennings scooped his effort over the top from inside the six-yard box.
Village, fielding several youngsters, were running the show and finally scored two more goals through Lashun Dill in the closing minutes of the first half to take a comfortable lead into the break. Dill opened his account in the 37th minute when a pass through the defence set him up. However, his first effort was blocked by the keeper before he followed up to score from the rebound.
In the 44th minute Dill scored with a better finish when he started a move midway in the Wolves half, took a return pass to get into the box and then smashed his shot past Shakir who looked a dejected man as he came off at the half.
Keishen Bean, normally so clinical in front of goal, missed a good chance on the hour to make it 4-0, before substitute John Barry Nusum pulled one back for Wolves in the 70th minute when he drove in a far post effort following a corner by another sub, Shaki Pearman. Bean’s dreadful night in front of goal continued when he sidefooted over the top from six yards before Clay Smith smashed home a free kick from the edge of the box to restore Village’s three-goal lead in the 79th minute.
Jennings, whose long passes from midfield were impressive, started another move in the 86th minute with a pass to Clay Darrell wide on the right. He’s low cross across goal created the opening for Grant, the son of former Village and Devonshire Cougars defender Kevin Grant, to easily score at the far post.
Derrick Brangman pulled one back for Wolves in the 89th minute when he converted from a corner on the right .