Thomason treble keeps Onions in race
Flanagan's Onions moved back level on points with Somerset Eagles at the top of the First Division after a hat-trick by striker Gavin Thomason secured a 3-0 win over Paget Lions at Goose Gosling Field yesterday.
It was a good weekend for the top two as Young Men's Social Club and St George's Colts drew 1-1 at PHC Field to fall further behind in the promotion race.
Thomason struck in the eleventh, 66th and 86th minutes as Onions collected their tenth league win of the season.
He opened his account early in the match when a ball by Michael Lindsay-Bayley landed perfectly for him at the far post and he calmly slotted past Tariq Smith in the Paget goal.
Lindsay-Bayley was taken to hospital midway through the first half when he had a clash of heads with Paget's McKario Burch inside the Onions penalty area.
The match was held up for several minutes as both players received treatment before being taken to hospital with head wounds.
When play resumed Onions went close to adding to their lead when defender Sam Butler's effort from 25 yards was tipped against the bar by Smith.
The Paget goalkeeper was busy in the Paget goal, then turning aside an effort from Treshun Smith late in the half.
Callon Burns should have made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time when a series of touches by Onions set him up at the far post but he steered his free header across goal and wide of the post.
Paget started to threaten more early in the second half as Onions tried to cushion their lead.
Corey Davies wasted a couple of good chances down the left flank before he made amends, supplying the cross into the box for Thomason to net his second midway through the half and seal the points for the home side.
Smith dived at the feet of Thomason to deny him a hat-trick late in the game after Onions broke upfield after a Paget corner.
However, Thomason was not to be denied four minutes from the end when he got on the end of Treshun Smith's cross from the right and scored with a left-footed shot from close range.
Young Men's Social Club and St George's Colts both fell behind in the promotion race after battling to a stalemate at PHC Field yesterday.
Saki Tuzo put the home side ahead in the second minute with a goal from a set piece while St George's hit back through David Signor's 56th-minute equaliser also from a set piece which earned the visiting side a share of the spoils.
Both teams had further chances to claim the lion's share of the spoils but ultimately had to settle for a point each which was probably a fair outcome given neither managed to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Social Club came charging out of the blocks and took the lead before St George's could even muster a shot on goal. Tuzo, the former Dandy Town player, turned in Clay Darrell's corner kick at the near post as St George's paid the price for some loose defending.
Social Club dominated most of the opening stanza but only had Tuzo's goal to show for their efforts. Reid Trott, the Social Club goalkeeper, had a quiet first half with his only call to duty arriving moments before the break when he saved Kyle Denbrook's free kick.
St George's started the second half with more purpose and were spreading the ball around the park fluently.
With the pendulum swinging firmly in their favour, it came as no real surprise when the unmarked Signor headed in Denbrook's corner kick.
Social Club's afternoon continued to unravel as defender Quincy Jones limped off with an ankle injury while St George's Wayne Broadley, their right back, escaped what looked a certain booking for a foul on Darrell.
Social Club were forced to defend for long spells as the visiting side went in search of the go-ahead goal but nearly caught their opponents twice on the counterattack, with Tuzo miskicking Darrell's ball into the box and then just failing to get a boot to Darrell's cross.
St David's leapfrogged St George's and BAA Wanderers and into third place after a 5-0 win over bottom team Ireland Island Rangers. Allan Douglas scored a goal in each half after Andrew Paynter put St David's in front in the ninth minute.
Douglas made it 2-0 at the half with his first goal in the 43rd minute before Shea Pitcher scored the third in the 47th minute. Douglas netted his second in the 77th minute and Otis Minors closed out the scoring in the 90th minute.
X-Roads picked up their third win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Wolves, Sam McKittrick netting the winning in the 90th minute at Garrison Field.
Jermaine Furbert put X-Roads ahead in the 20th minute before Steven Bremar equalised for Wolves in the 69th. Lionel Evans of Wolves was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second booking.