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Parish finally win as title race stays tight

Places remain unchanged in the three-team promotion race after BAA, Paget Lions and Southampton Rangers all won, while at the other end of the table Hamilton Parish claimed their first victory of the season, 3-1 over St David's.

BAA beat St George's 5-1 at Goose Gosling Field, where Kane Critchlow scored a hat-trick, netting in the 32nd, 40th and 47th minutes. David Signor levelled it up at 1-1 for St George's with a goal two minutes after Critchlow's opener.

BAA added a fourth goal through Antonio Carvelho in the 67th minute before Donavan Thompson replied for the EastEnders in the 74th.

Morrico Iris netted an 84th minute penalty for BAA after Jarreau Hayward fouled Shane Simmons which earned him a booking.

Paget and Rangers, who will meet on Saturday, both won 4-0, with Rangers defeating Ireland Rangers and Paget taking the points against Wolves at St David's where all their goals came in the first half. A Travis Wilkinson header from a corner gave Paget the lead after about ten minutes before Tahj Welch doubled the lead a few minutes later in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Tahj Wade scored a good goal from 30 yards out after spotting the goalkeeper off his line, before defender McQuinn Burch scored with a perfectly-placed free-kick from 25 yards.

Somerset Eagles climbed up to fourth after beating Devonshire Colts 4-0 at Police Field.

Hamilton Parish ended 13 losses on the trot this season when they beat St David's 3-1 at Wellington Oval where Nigel Burgess, their goalkeeper-turned-striker, broke the deadlock in the 14th minute before John Hunt-Tucker made it 2-0 in the 21st minute.

Stanton Swan pulled one back for St David's in the 58th minute before Pedro Madeiros restored Parish's two-goal advantage in the 79th minute.

Coach Sanford Seepersad praised his team for their determination yesterday

“I'm very proud of them, they hung in there going all season without a win,” he said. “We only had one sub, Anthony Smith, and he was injured.

“He was willing to come on and play if we needed him but we ended up playing with just 11 players.”

Parish, a Premier Division side before being relegated in 2016 with Rangers, have been finding the going tough this season, giving up 58 goals in 13 league games and scoring just 12.

“Our goalkeeper Shawn Burgess had an excellent game. After we saw our guys getting tired we went to a 5-4-1 formation, pretty much parked the bus,” Seepersad added. “We had players abandon us this season, but if you're not a quitter then they will feed off your energy of not quitting. That's the attitude I saw today.”

With matches against Devonshire Colts, Ireland Rangers and Wolves — three teams directly above them — in three of their last four matches, the Parish coach is hoping the team can finish the season with a couple more wins.

“We're going to stay positive,” he promised.

On the spot: Jarreau Hayward spins BAA forward Shane Simmons off balance to concede a late penalty at Goose Gosling Field which Morricko Iris converted. BAA won 5-2 to retain first place (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published February 26, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated February 25, 2018 at 10:37 pm)

Parish finally win as title race stays tight

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