Hornets take over at top as rivals falter
Wolves 2 Dandy Town 5
Dandy Town survived a brief scare against Wolves to keep their title hopes firmly on track on a weekend that saw their main rivals slip up.
Hornets climbed to the top of the table, taking full advantage of Devonshire Cougars' surprise defeat against Somerset Trojans and North Village's disappointing draw at St David's.
Three goals up at the interval courtesy of strikes from Angelo Simmons, Damon Ming and Tomiko Goater, Hornets seemed to be cruising to their second victory of the season at Devonshire Rec.
Perhaps it was a case of overconfidence, but it was a lethargic looking Hornets who returned for the second stanza, with Wolves pegging them back with two early goals from Markez Laws and a Vincent Minors penalty.
Having their three-goal cushion punctured so soon after the restart seemed to shake Hornets back into life, with midfielder Jamal Swan stopping the rot with a low strike from the edge of the area to make it 4-2.
Fabian Frankson then struck the post with a close-range header before making amends for that miss by rounding goalkeeper Jahni Shakir and tapping home late on.
Hornets created numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game but failed to make the most of them — a worrying trait that still concerns their coach Jomar Wilkinson.
He admitted there had been a few “edgy moments” but praised his side's character after watching them pull through for what was ultimately a comfortable win.
“At half-time we were in control but started slowly in the second half,” he said.
“There were a few edgy moments after Wolves' goals but I always had confidence in our character and I knew we had the tools to be successful in this game.
“We could have made it easier for ourselves but we continue to miss too many chances.”
Wilkinson said it was imperative Hornets beat Wolves and made the most of Cougars' and Village's dropped points.
“It was vital we won today, especially after our main rivals slipped up.”
Livewire winger Simmons handed Hornets the lead after capitalising on a defensive error and stroking his effort past Shakir on seven minutes.
Ming doubled his side's advantage on the half-hour mark when he cut inside onto his weaker left-foot and rifled a shot into the top corner after being released down the right channel by Brendon Minors.
The goals continued for Hornets, with Tomiko Goater rewarded for his hard work up front when he lobbed the keeper after being afforded too much time and space by the Wolves defence.
Wolves fought back after the break, though, when Laws powered home header from a corner on 49 minutes, and skipper Vincent Minors further reducing the deficit when he converted a penalty following a handball.
Any hopes the hosts had of completing a revival were put to bed when Swan fizzed home a low shot from the edge of the area, before Frankson restored Hornets' three-goal cushion with a tidy finish in the dying minutes.
Dandy Town: T Gibbons, K Wade, J Stowe, B Minors, T Webb, D Ming, J Swan, R Trott (A Rocker, 67), F Frankson, T Goater (S Tuzo, 75), A Simmons
Substitutes not used: S Darrell, C Harvey, E Outerbridge, K Smith, Jahnaque Swan
Goals: Simmons, 7, Ming, 30, Goater, 40, Swan, 65, Frankson, 87
Wolves: J Shakir, A Brangman, M Williams, M Laws, L Evans, T Tucker, R Ford, M Iris (K Brangman, 70), T Tucker, S Pearman, V Minors
Substitutes not used: L Ming, S Davis
Yellow cards: M Iris
Goals: Laws, 49, Minors, 52
Referee: L Raynor
Man of the Match: D Ming (Town)
St. David's 3
North Village Rams 3
Allan Douglas Jr scored the equaliser for St David's as they shared the points with North Village at Lord's yesterday.
Douglas' goal in the 79th minute capped off a remarkable match in the east end that saw six goals shared equally between the two sides.
Keishen Bean gave the visitors the lead in the eighth minute but the opening strike of the game was cancelled out by Angelo Cannonier in the 16th.
Bean would grab his second of the day and put his side ahead again in the 32nd although again the lead wouldn't last long.
Detroy Smith stepped up and scored from the penalty spot just before the half-time whistle.
Jason Davis handed Rams their third lead of the game in the 60th minute.
In a fitting end to an enthralling game, Douglas scored in the latter stages of the game to leave the two sides sharing the spoils.
Somerset Trojans 4
Devonshire Cougars 2
Defending Premier Division champions Devonshire Cougars have it all to do if they are to successfully retain their title after their latest loss to Somerset Trojans at Somerset Cricket Club on Saturday night.
Trojans scorers were Trevin Ming, Sean Brangman, Deunte Darrell and Trae Harvey to seal the victory, while Drewonde Bascome and Domico Coddington scored for Cougars.
“It was a good result for us, two wins on the bounce now and we are pleased with how we are getting on after a slow start to the season,” said Ming.
It was Ming who put Trojans ahead inside of nine minutes, only for Bascome to pull his men level in the 20th minute.
Former Cougars midfielder Brangman put the home team back in front just before the interval, but again the equaliser would be found, this time through Coddington five minutes into the second half.
Harvey scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 63rd minute before Darrell capped off the scoring and iced the match in the 84th minute, leaving the Big Cats lingering in the lower half of the table for the first time this season.