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Blazers snatch victory in stoppage time

Boulevard Blazers 3 Dandy Town Hornets 2

Kamali Davis scored the winner eight minutes into stoppage time as Boulevard Blazers beat Dandy Town Hornets after throwing away a two-goal lead at Lord's yesterday.

Jahzardae Samuels scored both goals as Boulevard took a 2-0 advantage, but Town came back, only to see their hopes dashed right at the end.

From the opening whistle, Blazers blazed their way into the Town half with some nifty passing. Samuels, perched in perfect position, latched on to a pass and rifled off a shot that thundered past Troy Hall, the Town goalkeeper, and into the back of the net.

The game would play out for the remainder of the half with both teams trading frequent attacks. Both teams were denied, often due to stellar play by Hall and Blazers counterpart Jahni Shakir.

The Hornets came close on numerous occasions, but near misses by Damon Ming, whose shot ricocheted of the crossbar, and misses by Dennis Russell and Reiko Trott in close succession in the dying minutes of the first period, had the Hornets a goal down at half-time.

Samuels struck again just two minutes after the break, when he beat a defender along the byline, swooped in on goal and rocketed a shot that Hall did well to get a hand to.

The strike seemed to awaken the Hornets from their slumbers as they started penetrating an organised Blazers defense. Town often threatened, but their efforts would go begging.

The Hornets were rewarded for their perseverance when they scored their first goal in the 58th minute after Kwame Steede sent in a searching cross that found Trott standing unmarked at the back post. Trott placed his header in the back of the net, leaving Shakir no chance.

With a change of momentum clearly in favour of the Hornets, they started swarming and overwhelming the Blazers defence with frequent raids on goal.

Town willed themselves back into contention in the 83rd minute when substitute Oneko Lowe whipped in a low cross to dangerman Angelo Simmons. Simmons slipped around a defender and planted his low, hard drive past the stretched keeper to level the scores.

Simmons came close again five minutes later, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Shakir, who dived full length to parry Simmons' shot harmlessly away from goal. It was an opportunity that Town would rue.

Davis provided the telling strike in the eighth minute of added time to see off a pesky Town side. Davis received a pass down the middle of the pitch that split the defence, allowing him to run in one on one with Hall, the keeper, rapidly advancing off his line. Davis squeezed of his shot that Hall got a hand to but could not keep from bouncing over the goal line to put the game on ice for the Blazers.



Samuels 1, 47, Davis 98

Dandy Town

Trott 58, Simmons 83

Boulevard Blazers: J Shakir – Z Stovell, J Williams, A Foggo, D Taylor, A Smith (sub: K Davis, 70min), A Famous, K Smith, J Samuels, K Easton (sub: R Tyrell, 70), T Douglas. Substitutes not used: T Butterfield, Y Darrell, S Fostin. Booked: A Smith, T Douglas.

Dandy Town Hornets: T Hall – E Blankendal, K Simons, K Lathan, D Ming, K Steede, L Tucker, R Trott, D Walker (sub: O Lowe, 68), A Simmons, D Russell (sub: J Talbot, 68). Substitutes not used: J Manders, J Shrubb, S Campbell, G Liburd, J Richardson.

Referee: A Bailey

Close but no cigar: Angelo Simmons's equaliser with seven minutes of normal time left was not enough for Town (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published November 06, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated November 06, 2017 at 9:51 am)

Blazers snatch victory in stoppage time

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