Hood plant one foot in top tier
Robin Hood are all but promoted to the Premier Division after drawing 0-0 with BAA Wanderers on Saturday night.
Second-placed St George's Colts and Devonshire Colts, third, both won their matches to close the gap on Hood, but with the two teams playing each other in their final match, it would take a defeat by double digits by Ireland Island Rangers and a narrow victory for Devonshire Colts over St George's for Hood to be denied.
“This was our goal at the beginning of the season, and it feels good to get the required result,” Kyle Lightbourne, the Hood coach, said. Hood can now focus on the FA Cup semi-final with Premier Division Dandy Town in a fortnight's time.
St George's cruised to a 6-2 victory over Young Men's Social Club at Bernard Park, to move level with Hood. The visitiong side dominated and led 4-0 at the interval thanks to first-half goals from Macai Simmons, who bagged a brace, Mitchell Tucker and Keshun Smith. Raymond Burgess pulled one back for the home side in the 60th minute with a cheeky back-heel.
Kodi Carlington restored Colts' four-goal cushion when he converted from close range. St George's substitute Remiko Smith made it 6-1 when he scored with his first touch. Burgess grabbed his second goal in the 80th minute.
Devonshire Colts beat Somerset Eagles 1-0 at White Hill Field, to pull them within three points of Hood and St George's. Teniko Eve scored the only goal of the game after five minutes to set up a promotion showdown next weekend at Wellington Oval.
A brace from Norris Wilkinson earned Paget Lions their second point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Boulevard Blazers at Police Field.
Goals from Aaron Williams and Dunn-ya Taylor gave Blazers a 2-0 lead but Wilkinson pulled two goals back for Paget before the interval.
Tristan Daniels scored a hat-trick as X-Roads romped to a 5-1 win over Ireland Island Rangers at Garrison Field.
After Jamin Furbert scored in the eighteenth minute, Daniels added further strikes in the 45th, 52nd and 80th minutes before Muhammad Boukhloufi netted a fifth in the 82nd minute. Wayne Hill a scored goal for Ireland Island Rangers in the 55th minute.
Dennis Musson of X-Roads was sent off in the 90th minute for using foul language.