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Donavan Thompson, of St George’s, left, and Jahkai Hill of Southampton battled for a high ball at Southampton Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Young Men’s Social Club extended their lead at the top of the First Division after beating Wolves 2-0 at PHC Field to record their sixth straight victory.

Other results went their way as St David’s and Southampton Rangers — second and third in the standings before the weekend — both suffered losses.

St David’s went down 2-1 to X-Roads at home where both teams scored own goals, including one by Keijon Butterfield in the first half, which gave X-Roads the lead. Jorge Sanchez scored their winner early in the second half. X-Roads climbed two places up to second in the standings.

Southampton Rangers fell to their second league defeat in the First Division after twice blowing a two-goal at home to St George’s, who came away with a 5-4 victory.

Rangers, third in the standings going into the weekend’s games, had an excellent start when Jahkai Dyer scored in the second and 23rd minutes. Jahron Dickinson pulled a goal back for the visiting side in the 33rd minute before Jarazinho Bassett levelled the score at 2-2 just two minutes later.

However, Rangers struck against through Ezekiel Stoneham in the 36th minute to take a 3-2 lead into the break.

And when Stoneham made it 4-2 from the penalty spot just a minute into the second half, it seemed St George’s were heading for a fourth loss in six league matches. However, the momentum started to swing in St George’s favour after Donavan Thompson scored a good goal on the hour mark — dribbling inside the box before planting a low shot past the Rangers goalkeeper, Roland Rhodes.

Thompson then laid on a simple tap-in for Macai Simmons to make it 4-4 after a short pass inside the box. Thompson scored the winner in the 75th minute from close range.

St George’s hung on for only their second league win, despite Dickinson having a last-minute penalty saved by Rhodes.

BAA and Paget played to a 3-3 draw on Saturday night at Goose Gosling Field.

Joshua DeSilva opened the scoring for BAA in the 21st minute before DeMarlo Curtis equalised in the 31st. Jahkari Furbert put the home team up 3-1 with goals in the 45th and 59th minutes before Dion Stovell pulled one back for Paget in the 63rd minute.

Tahjae Welch snatched a point for Paget with a goal three minutes from time.

Tyrell Burgess, of BAA, was sent off for foul and abusive language in the 90th minute.

In the other match yesterday, Hamilton Parish beat bottom team Ireland Island Rangers 2-0 for their first league win. Goals came in the second half through Tariq Webb and an own goal.

Donavan Thompson, of St George’s, and Southampton’s Jahkai Hill battle for a loose ball on the edge of the Rangers penalty box (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Mitchell Tucker is fouled by Jahkai Hill, of Southampton Rangers, to earn St George’s a 90th-minute penalty. Jahron Dickinson had his spot kick saved (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)