Town cruise past Social Club
Young Men's Social Club 0 Dandy Town 4
Two goals apiece by strikers Angelo Simmons and Ian Coke in the first half enabled Dandy Town to make easy work of Young Men's Social Club in the preliminary round of the Friendship Trophy at Police Field yesterday.
The match was over as a contest when Simmons and Coke added to their goals in the first six minutes with further strikes in the 41st and 45th minutes.
And while Social Club responded to the half-time talk when coach Kameron Fox tore into his players for sloppy defending, Town still had enough opportunities for both Coke and Simmons to complete their hat-tricks.
"They should have got hat-tricks, you saw them get chances but they weren't clinical," Kwame Steede, the Town coach, said.
"That was because we took our foot off the gas and we have to learn that when we get teams like that, we have to punish them. We've been playing within ourselves; we come out, give teams pressure and score but then we don't move into the next gear".
"When we play stronger teams we're going to have to find that next gear and right now we're not finding it. We're just doing enough to win."
Simmons and Coke, last season's top scorers, had no problem penetrating the Social Club defence after goalkeeper Reid Trott needed treatment for an injury in the first couple of minutes. Soon after a free kick just inside the Social Club half by Lynn Tucker was flighted towards the far post where Coke rose unchallenged to head across goal and into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later the lead was doubled when more slack defending enabled a ball forward by Coke to reach Simmons who drove a well-placed shot past goalkeeper Trott.
Social Club created a couple of chances after that, including an effort from Clay Darrell when he was put clear of the Town defence but a weak intended lob did not trouble goalkeeper Troy Hall Jr.
Midway through the half Mike Smith, the Social Club defender, failed to deal with a bouncing ball inside the box but Coke stabbed his effort wide with just the goalkeeper to beat.
A second header from Coke and a well-struck free kick by Simmons closed out the scoring for Town in the first half. However, that promise of more goals did not materialise.
Trott made an outstanding save from a Simmons's shot, turning the ball around the post for a corner.
Midfielder Jason Shrubb when he went close after pouncing on a loose ball just inside the box and smashed a shot against the base of the post with Trott again left exposed.
Town did grab a fourth goal right on half-time when Smith was booked for a foul just outside the box. Simmons curled his free kick perfectly into the top corner.
Koshun Lightbourne replaced Trott in goal for the start of the second half, and although he managed to keep a clean sheet the damage was already done.
Lightbourne was called upon to deny substitute Doreiko Walker when he blocked his shot a few minutes later. Then Damon Ming blasted a left-footed effort just over the bar as the chances kept coming late in the game.
The only blemish for Town was the straight red card shown to substitute Cleon Tear for fouling Psalm Darrell on the edge of the box.
Town, four-times winners of the competition, will play North Village in the quarter-finals on December 17.
Coke 4, 41, Simmons 6, 45
Social Club (4-3-3): R Trott (sub: K Lightbourne, 46 min) — G Saltus, C Woolridge, M Smith, J Simmons — P Darrell, J Lewis-Trott, A Samuels — C Darrell, C Burgess (sub: K Butterfield, 82), N Armstrong. Substitutes not used: T Fubler. Booked: M Smith.
Dandy Town (4-3-3): T Hall — E Blankendal, K Simmons (sub: C Tear, 78), G Liburd, J Thomas — E Trott (sub: D Walker, 71), L Tucker (sub: D Russell 71), J Shrubb — A Simmons, I Coke, D Ming. Substitutes not used: J Manders, K Steede, S Campbell. Sent off: Tear.
Referee: A Francis.