Town get their reward with late goals
Dandy Town 3Two late goals within three minutes put paid to Southampton Rangers’ hopes of getting a positive result at St John’s Field yesterday as they fell to defending league champions Dandy Town.
Southampton Rangers 1
Kamen Tucker and skipper Damon Ming scored in the 83rd and 85th minutes respectively to put the game to bed after Dennis Rusell’s goal in the 56th cancelled out Ming’s goal in the 35th.
“After coming off of the last match in the Friendship final where we lost on penalties, the side came out and fought for what they wanted and this was a game we needed,” said Ming.
“We played well, the referee didn’t give us anything and we wanted to get the win for Lyn (Tucker) who went off injured in the first half.”
Rangers had enough chances in the opening 30 minutes to wrap the game up but wasteful finishing would be their own undoing.
Russell was the first culprit, missing from six yards after a deflection fell his way.
That chance was followed by another Russell miss. He chose to power his effort past Town’s Treadwell Gibbons in goal rather than picking a place and slotting home.
Fellow striker Keedai Astwood was just as guilty, spurning his side’s best chance of the game after a mix-up between Tucker and Gibbons allowed him the simple task of tapping home from close range. But rather than compose himself and put the visitors ahead, the pacy striker took his chance one time and peeled away to celebrate before realising his shot had hit the post and come back into play.
Rangers were made to pay for these missed opportunities with Ming slotting home from the penalty spot after defender Jahma Charles handled the ball in the area.
Russell would redeem himself in the second half, however, with one of his trademark screamers from a tight angle that gave Gibbons little hope of saving, although his defence could and should have done better.
Rangers midfielder Vernon Perinchief also had a gilt edged chance to put his side ahead but he chipped wide of the Town goal with only Gibbons to beat.
The match would be decided by former Rangers defender Tucker, who flicked a Ming free kick past keeper Jason Smith before Ming grabbed his second with a smart finish to Smith’s right.
The result leaves Town now in third place in the table level with PHC. Rangers now face a derby with PHC, who are in second, seven points adrift of the top of the table.
“Games like this are important, and they are above us so we wanted to come out and get the points,” added Ming. “Games like this really put the contenders and others into perspective in terms of your mindframe heading into your next fixture.
“Rangers are our jinx team so it was good to redeem our opening day loss to them.”
Dandy Town: T Gibbons, J Stowe, K Tucker, S Tuzo, A Lowe, D Ming, L Tucker(S Darrell, 41), D Butterfield, F Frankson (L Simmons, 72), R Beach (K Webb, 87), R Trott
Subs not used: K Webb, D Johnson
Goals: D Ming, 35 min and 85th min; Kamen Tucker 83rd min
Yellow: R Trott
Southampton Rangers: J Smith, M Burch, A Raynor (D Hill, 77), J Charles, K Simons, T Russell, J Tucker, V Perinchief, D Russell, K Astwood (S Perinchief, 64), E Stoneham (K Symonds, 56)
Sub not used: J Hill
Goals: D Russell, 56 min
Yellow: J Smith
Referee: A Francis
Man of the Match: S Tuzo