Stovell wide of mark as St George’s blow chance
Wesley Stovell, of St George's, went from hero to villain when his 75th-minute penalty miss against Robin Hood at Wellington Oval denied St George's victory that would have lifted them to the top of the First Division promotion race.
Instead the 0-0 draw leaves St George's in second place and now just three points ahead of third-placed Devonshire Colts going into the last two matches of the season.
Stovell was the hero for St George's in their previous match when his two goals against X-Roads in a 3-1 win eliminated them from the promotion race.
Yesterday he had the chance to take St George's to within a win of an immediate return to the top flight when they were awarded a penalty late in the second half for a handball that Hood players furiously protested.
Stovell put his spot-kick wide with goalkeeper Jason Simons going the wrong way, leaving Hood players to breathe a sigh of relief and feel that justice was served. St George's had the better of the second-half chances, although Hood went closest in the first period when Gary Adams turned a header against the crossbar in the 35th minute.
Early in the second half, Richard Basden had a shot from eight yards blocked by Simons and minutes later Basden side-footed a close-range effort just wide. At the other end, Charles Marshall made a good save to deny Kenneth Brown. St George's were looking to avenge two defeats by Hood already this season in the league and, most recently at home in the FA Cup quarter-final.
“When next week comes we just have to put our chances away, we've had that problem for most of the season,” said Kameron Fox, the St George's coach. “We'll take the point here happily and go forward.”
St George's meet Young Men's Social Club next weekend before playing Colts in the season finale that could be the decider for the second promotion spot.
“Colts don't have an easy road, either,” Fox said. “They have Somerset Bridge, who already beat them in the [Shield] final. I don't think they will come and lie down; they aren't that kind of team, like X-Roads, where every game they are up and ready to go.
“Our players will be enthused to come training and work hard for our goal.”
Devonshire Colts capitalised on the draw by the top two with a comfortable 4-1 win over Young Men's Social Club at Bernard Park to move to within three points of the second promotion spot.
Kyle Jones scored a brace for Colts, opening his account in the opening exchanges before doubling the lead just before the break. Lozendro Symonds, the Colts captain, made the points safe 15 minutes into the second half, before the home side replied through Callan Burns.
Midfielder Eli Smith ended the scoring in the dying stages of the match to balloon the scoreline.
Visiting Ireland Island Rangers had things their own way in a 3-0 win over an uninspired Boulevard Blazers at Police Field. Rangers cruised to a comfortable victory, their fifth of the season, thanks to goals from Earl Phillips, Jonathan Bean and Tahj Wade.
With sharper finishing, the visiting side might have won by a wider margin against a Boulevard side that was simply outplayed on the day.
Despite slumping to a ninth league loss of the season, though, seventh-place Boulevard remain ahead of Rangers by a solitary point in the standings. Phillips, the Rangers winger, scored what proved to be the game winner when he tapped in a cross from the right in the 26th minute.
Striker Bean doubled the lead when he fired past Delgardo Pinto, the Boulevard goalkeeper, from close range in the 71st minute.
Bean's strike partner Wade then put the match farther beyond Blazers' reach two minutes later when he rounded Pinto on a breakaway and slotted home from an angle.
Somerset Eagles came away with a tightly contested 2-1 win over Paget Lions at Southampton Oval.
Heys Wolfe and Marcus Simmons gave Eagles a two-goal cushion heading into the break.
Paget, who have been showing real fight in the dying stages of the season, scored through Jahniya Richardson early in the second half.