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Two goals in two minutes late in the game gave First Division leaders Young Men's Social Club a 3-2 win over X-Roads in a top-of-the-table clash at Garrison Field.

The win was Social Club's tenth in 12 league games as they maintained their unbeaten run.

However, Social Club looked to have had their wings clipped when substitute Tyquan Perinchief restored the X-Roads lead in the 71st minute.

The match then had a dramatic late twist as Social Club struck twice — in the 80th and 82nd minutes — to turn things around.

X-Roads looked the better team up to that point, taking the lead in the sixteenth minute and twice hitting the framework in the first half.

Daniel Baker broke the deadlock when he side-footed home inside the six-yard box after a cross from the right penetrated the Social Club defence.

However, the lead was short-lived with the league leaders equalising three minutes later through an own goal by captain Thaaqib Talbot after a free kick on the right side of the penalty box.

X-Roads hit the post through a Tymon Daniels effort in the 25th minute and then saw Jarye Bean smash his shot against the crossbar in the 42nd.

The match remained deadlocked midway through the second half but a double-substitution on the hour proved decisive for them as Perinchief and Jorge Sanchez replaced Aaron Spencer Jr and Antinori Butterfield.

Eleven minutes later Perinchief scored a second go-ahead goal for X-Roads with a low effort inside the far post. Reid Trott, the Social Club goalkeeper, made a crucial double save moments later to deny, first, Paul Simons and then Baker from the rebound as X-Roads sought to make the win safe.

However, things turned around spectacularly when substitute Nique Armstrong converted Clay Darrell's cross with a good finish from a sharp angle at the far post. And before the reality had sunk in for the home team, the visiting side struck the winner two minutes later when a long ball into the X-Roads box saw goalkeeper Dashun Cooper challenge Saki Tuzo who quickly pounced on the loose ball and steered it into an empty net.

“The guys worked hard all week, we had a number of players injured today who had to play through those injuries,” said Quincy Paynter, the Social Club coach. “The harmony of the team is what's getting us over, with the injuries and the number of games we've had in the last few weeks.

“But kudos to the boys, I'm really excited for them. They showed a lot of character today.”

Social Club opened a gap on two other chasing teams, St George's and Southampton Rangers, after their losses and now promotion after 37 years is about to be achieved in the next few games.

“Before today it was three victories but I think we just need two to secure it,” Paynter estimates.

“The boys mentioned to me that they wanted to be undefeated this season and that's the new goal on top of promotion.”

St David's climbed to third place ahead of St George's after beating their neighbours 1-0 at home with a goal from Kontaicf Burton after 79 minutes.

They are eight points behind X-Roads and with a game in hand while St George's are ten points off second.

Southampton Rangers also slipped up, going down 6-1 to Paget Lions at Southampton Oval where their tenants scored five times in the second half to secure their fifth win in the league.

Paget led 1-0 at the half with a goal from Kyhon Smith before the floodgates opened after the break when Tahjae Welch doubled the Lions lead. By the time Koshun Durrant made it 3-0 the game had long ended as a contest.

Rangers eventually pulled one back but Paget struck three more unanswered goals through Dion Stovell, DeMarlo Curtis and Y-Ron Astwood to put Rangers out of their misery.

BAA climbed above Rangers after a 3-0 win over Ireland Rangers as midfielder Tyrell Burgess scored two and Josh DeSilva the other.

Clincher: Saki Tuzo celebrates his 82nd minute winner at Garrison Field which takes Young Men's Social Club a step nearer to a return to the top flight (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published February 06, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 06, 2017 at 1:04 am)

Social club leave it late

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