Five-star Iris on fire as BAA crush Wolves
Morricko Iris netted five times in a 7-0 rout of Wolves as BAA took advantage of dropped points by Paget Lions and Southampton Rangers to open a three-point lead at the top of the table with three games remaining.
BAA led 5-0 at the interval before completing a twelfth win of the season as Tyrell Burgess and Marcus Brangman added to the scoring. BAA now lead Paget by three points and Southampton Rangers by five after those two teams drew 0-0 draw on Saturday.
BAA still have to play Rangers in their final match, although they will be hoping promotion is already sealed by then.
“It [result] is good for us, we have put ourselves in a great position and now it is up to us to see it out,” said Kenny Thompson, the BAA director of football, who praised the team's coach Andrew Bascome for the job he has been doing.
“We don't have to depend on anybody, we just have to stay focused. Andrew has been working amazingly with the team day to day, keeping everybody focused and the group has responded tremendously well.
“We're not getting complacent, we've been working hard and are prepared to do so right to the end. We're just taking it one match at a time. That [Rangers] match is a long way off at the moment. We have some other business to take care of before that match and that's what we're focused on.”
Thompson is pleased that BAA have maintained their push for promotion despite losing top striker Willie Clemons to a professional contract in Sweden.
“We're always supportive of Willie. When he left to go to the trials it was always the hope that he doesn't come back, which means he was successful,” Thompson said.
“We have a great squad and haven't missed a beat, despite not having a player of Willie's quality.”
In yesterday's other results, St George's hammered neighbours St David's 9-1 to move into fourth place on goal difference ahead of St David's and Somerset Eagles, who went down 2-1 to Ireland Rangers at Malabar Field.
Devonshire Colts picked up their first league win since January 21 when they beat Hamilton Parish 3-0 at Police Field. Parish were reduced to ten men late in the first half when Bryon Correia was sent off for violent conduct.
After a goalless first half, Colts took the lead in the 54th minute through Cameron Coffey before Brandon O'Connor scored the second in the 75th minute.
Full back Mike Williams closed out the scoring in the 89th minute with a spectacular strike from 40 yards that smashed into the roof of the net.