Ming leads Town into final
Dandy Town 2 PHC 0
Dandy Town advanced to the Dudley Eve final with a comfortable win over PHC at Somerset today as veteran Damon Ming laid on a goal in each half for the 2011 champions.
Town dominated the game and were deserved winners as PHC's early season problems continued.
With attacking players Cecoy Robinson and Shakir Smith injured, PHC lacked penetration up front. Town, on the other hand, created plenty of openings with midfielder Ming leading the way with a fine performance.
He put a shot against the post and set up goals for Daeshun Butterfield and substitute Zaire Burchall in injury time but collected a second-half booking for being involved in a shoving match with defender Robert Richardson which resulted in a red card for the PHC captain for a second caution.
Ming curled a free kick against the top of the near post in the eighth minute from left corner of the box. Another good chance minutes later saw the Town wizard create the opening as centre back Mikey Lambe was pulled out of position but Tomiko Goater lifted his shot over the bar.
Town were looking the more likely to score and they did so in the 29th minute when Ming created space on the left side of the box and supplied a low cross for Butterfield to tuck home at the far post.
PHC had two good chances to equalise before the break as Malachi Jones sidefooted his shot wide and Richardson turned his header past the post.
The Zebras made a double substitution in the 55th minute, bringing on Darren Usher and Dennis Russell for Jevone Sealy and Fabian Joseph but it was Town who went closest to scoring again early in the second half when Raymon Glasford turned an effort from Kyle Wade around the post.
The game started to become more lively midway through the second half as substitute Rico Wells was foiled by Glasford after he was put clear. Richardson's red card in the 76th minute for a second booking gave Town a numerical advantage, though they, too, were reduced to ten men in the 81st minute when Wells was shown a straight red card for a violent tackle on Glasford that left him on the ground in pain.
Town had a couple of good chances in injury time as Jahmel Swan shot straight at the ‘keeper who then made a diving save to deny Fabian Frankson.
Ming finally made certain of the win when he neatly chipped the ‘keeper and watched his effort head inside the far post before Burchall got the final touch to make certain.
Dandy Town: T. Gibbons; J. Stowe, B. Minors, K. Wade, A. Lowe, J. Swan, D. Butterfield (A. Rocker 83 min), F. Frankson, D. Ming, E. Trott (Z. Burchall 70 min), T. Goater (R. Wells 62 min).
Goals: D. Butterfield (29min), Z. Burchall (90min).
Yellow cards: T. Goater, D. Ming, J.Swan.
Red card: R. Wells
PHC: R. Glasford; R. Richardson, M. Lambe, J. Ball, J. Rogers, J. Sealey, (D. Usher 55 min), M. Waldron, K. Lambe (M. Piper 79 min), J. Raynor, F. Joseph (D. Russell 55 min), M. Jones.
Red card: R. Richardson
Referee: A. Francis
Man of the match: D. Ming (D. Town).