Richardson-Martin leads the rout for Hornets
Dandy Town 6
St George's 0
Dandy Town dispatched St George's Colts for six at St John's Field yesterday to storm into the semi-finals of the Friendship Trophy.
Led by Jahtino Richardson-Martin's maiden hat-trick, Town dominated from start to finish in a lopsided affair to avenge an away defeat to St George's earlier this season.
Angelo Simmons, Temiko Wilson and Reiko Trott completed the rout that brought a huge smile to the face of Jomar Wilkinson, the Town coach.
“I'm definitely pleased with the victory but more pleased with the performance of the team,” Wilkinson said.
“We actually played it the Dandy Town way and had some success with it.”
As for the clinical finishing of Richardson-Martin, a 16-year-old Berkeley Institute student, Wilkinson added: “For the past three games he has been very consistent. He is definitely becoming a leader in this team and is pretty to watch.”
Underlining Town's dominance was the fact that St George's managed just one effort on target, a tame header by Jarazinho Bassett that was comfortably gathered by Ajai Daniels, the Town goalkeeper, who probably never had it so easy between the posts.
Town beat the visiting side to the first and second ball at nearly every chance, bossed every department and exploited St George's' poor defending with lethal effect.
The home side pressed from the start and should have taken an early lead after Simmons played the ball behind the defence into the box. But with only goalkeeper Charles Marshall Jr to beat, Town forward Clay Darrell scooped the ball over the bar from an angle.
St George's would not be as fortunate in the 24th minute, though, as Richardson-Martin pounced at the back post to score the game winner after the visiting side failed to clear their lines.
Simmons doubled Town's lead in the 35th minute with a volley from inside the area as once again St George's paid the price for some sloppy defending.
Town threatened again just before the interval but Marshall was equal to the task on this occasion, making a spectacular save to deny Richardson-Martin at the far post.
St George's made two substitutions at half-time. It mattered very little, however, as Town picked up where they had left off when play resumed, Richardson-Martin grabbing his second and Town's third in the 51st minute with a firm volley at the back post after Wilson's initial attempt was deflected into the midfielder's path.
Wilson also had a hand in Town's fourth goal as he was floored in the box as he raced towards goal in the 62nd minute.
With a swagger belying his tender years, Richardson-Martin, the brother of Town midfielder Seion Darrell, confidently strolled up to take the penalty kick spot and sent Marshall the wrong way to complete his hat-trick and claim the game ball.
By now St George's probably wished for the ground to open up and swallow them in. But Town were not done just yet.
Shortly after Bassett produced St George's only effort on target for the entire match, Wilson was finally rewarded for putting in a busy shift.
The powerful striker slotted past the onrushing Marshall from an angle to cap off a sweeping move down the left channel.
However, the best was yet to come as substitute Trott completed the rout with what will certainly go down as one of the best goals of the season.
With the St George's defence retreating, the midfielder unleashed a thunderous right-footed blast from 25-yards that clipped the underside of the bar.