Lambert gives St David’s survival boost
Wolves 1 St David's 2
A double salvo from Domonique Lambert, the St David's striker, threw the relegation battle wide open at Devonshire Recreation Club yesterday.
The menacing Lambert, who tormented Wolves throughout this fiercely contested match, converted twice inside a two-minute span with brilliantly taken goals to complete St David's impressive come from behind victory.
More importantly, the win, St David's third of the season, lifted them off the bottom of the Premier Division standings and enhanced their chances of retaining their top flight status.
Wolves, who again paid the price for some poor finishing, slipped from ninth to last in the table after suffering their ninth loss of the campaign.
The hosts demonstrated superb ball movement in the early going but were nearly stopped dead in their tracks when Shakil Robinson, the St David's midfielder, dragged a shot wide of the target with only Stephen Davis, the Wolves goalkeeper, to contend with.
Kiemo Bean, the St David's midfielder, then broke through Wolves' last line of the defence but blasted over the bar with only the exposed Davis standing between himself and goal while Lambert lost his balance just outside the box after Jared Peniston, the Wolves centre back, lost possession deep in his own half. St David's suffered a setback in the 26th minute when Sean Boddington, the full back, limped off hurt after injuring himself while clearing his lines.
Boddington's departure seemed to knock St David's off stride and Wolves took full advantage in the 31st minute when Tevaughn Tyrell, the striker and son of Wolves full back Hopte Burrows, stroked the ball past Corey Richardson, the St David's goalkeeper, from close range.
The goal was the culmination of some good build-up between Michael Williams, the overlapping full back, and Nigel Lee, the winger, who supplied the telling pass in the middle for the onrushing Tyrell who never broke stride.
Whatever words Otis Minors, the St David's player/coach, uttered to his players at the half did not take long to sink in as the visitors shifted gears when play resumed and turned the game on its head.
Lambert added parity to the scoreline when he converted at the near post in the 57th minute. Davis advanced off his line to gather a high ball in the box but failed to collect under pressure, leaving Lambert to roll the ball into the empty net.
The goal clearly stunned Wolves and before they knew what had hit them Lambert belted in the game winner and arguably the goal of the season to send his team's fans into raptures around the ground.
A ball from midfield was played wide on the right flank to Angelo Cannonier, the striker, who took a few touches before crossing in the middle where strike partner Lambert beat Davis with a spectacular bicycle kick with his right boot from above the penalty spot.
Robinson had a chance to extend lead for the visitors but fired wide of the upright when scoring seemed easier.
Wolves dominated possession during the latter stages but could not find a way through as St David's put up the shutters and held firm to the end of a match they thoroughly deserved to win.