Pace delight at change of fortune
Boulevard demolished ten-man Southampton Rangers with a ruthless display of finishing in a lopsided Premier Division match at Police Field yesterday.
The tide turned firmly in the home side's favour after the sending off of Anthony Rocker, the Rangers midfielder, moments before half-time for two bookable offences.
Boulevard, who were leading 1-0 at that point through a Aldontae Smith strike, proceeded to punish Rangers in clinical fashion with the visiting side showing a worrying absence of intestinal fortitude.
Dunya Taylor doubled his side's advantage early in the second half before Smith added his second. Sergio Robinson and Mark Smith also cashed in on some woeful Rangers defending before the inspirational Coke completed the rout.
McRae Pace, the Boulevard coach, admitted that Rocker's dismissal completely changed the complexion of the game.
“We needed a little luck to start running our way for a change,” Pace said. “Rangers receiving a red card changed our luck a little bit today.
“I'm very happy for my players. We are still missing seven players because of injuries but when we get everyone back healthy, hopefully we can sneak into the top four.”
Coke praised the performance of the side's less experienced players.
“This team is about more than me and Douglas [TiaeVince],” said Coke, who has recently returned from injury.
“We got a well-deserved win with our youngsters playing a great game. This was a whole team effort.”
Dandy Town Hornets, the league leaders, continued their assault on the title with a hard-fought win over North Village at Bernard Park.
Substitute Jahtino Richardson-Martin grabbed the winner in the 76th minute after pouncing on a rebound to fire past Jason Williams, the Village goalkeeper.
Jomar Wilkinson, the Town coach, said: “It was a very difficult game but we were able to stick to our game plan and we got the three points we needed.
“It was a good game and I'm sure it was an entertaining game for the fans.”
Wilkinson also hailed the contribution of Richardson-Martin who has returned to the Island from his overseas studies for the festive period.
“Jahtino is definitely a special player and he came on and did a good job for the team,” Wilkinson said. “I'm very pleased having him back, which is a bonus for us.”
PHC Zebras proved too strong for Robin Hood at PHC Field thanks to two sublime finishes from Casey Castle and Marco Warren.
Castle, the PHC striker, opened the scoring in the 25th minute steering a bouncing ball beyond the outstretched fingertips of Jason Simons, the Hood goalkeeper.
Warren, a second-half substitute, showed his quality on the ball with a mazy dribble and one-two with Tristan Hall before finding the net in the 81st minute.
Mark Wade,the PHC coach, said: “I thought they were two well-taken goals, the second was a bit of a team effort.
“I was pleased we kept a clean sheet. I'm always telling the players they should take pride in that, but then again, I was a defender!
“We talked about being humble because this season we've often lost the very next game after getting a good result.”
Hamilton Parish beat fellow basement dwellers Devonshire Cougars 2-0 at Wellington Oval to climb off the bottom of the table.
Parish prevailed with goals from Donavan Thompson and former Cougars player Chris Casiey.