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Strugglers’ fates finally sealed

Victory for Boulevard over Somerset Trojans was enough to secure their spot in the Premier Division next season and condemn Paget and Somerset Trojans to relegation into the First Division.

Boulevard beat Trojans 2-1 at St David's where Ernest Trott gave them the lead midway through the first half and Clay Darrell added a second four minutes into the second half.

The Trojans kept it close when D'Andre Wainwright netted on the hour mark, but Boulevard held on for the win after Somerset had a goal courtesy of Jaellan Greaves disallowed for offside in the 81st minute.

“Boulevard gave a good fight and survived the battle,” said Troy Smith, the Boulevard coach. “The most important thing today was to get a point and survive.”

Even a draw would have relegated Somerset as it would have left them five points behind Boulevard in eighth place.

Paget were also relegated after they were thrashed 6-1 by X-Roads who picked up their first win in the league since November.

Paul Simons and top scorer Donavan Thompson both netted twice as Paget seemed to accept their fate long before the final whistle.

Relegation for Somerset did not come as a surprise either, after sitting in the bottom two all season after failing to pick up their first league win until February 10, when they beat North Village.

They kept their hopes alive last weekend with a shock win over league leaders PHC, but yesterday their fate was confirmed.

Despite the setback, assistant coach Danvers Seymour Jr is confident the team will bounce right back next season.

“The disallowed goal was crucial,” he said. “I am not pleased with the outcome but it was the referee's call in the end.

“We have to accept the result. We will take this opportunity to regroup.

“Hopefully, we will stay together. If so, we should be rejoining the Premier League sooner than later.”

PHC, crowned champions last weekend after North Village held Robin Hood to a draw, did not give their fans anything to cheer about on home soil as Dandy Town completed the double over the Zebras with another 2-0 win over them courtesy of goals from Oneko Lowe and Jahnazae Swan.

The result matched the scoreline from the reverse fixture in December when PHC suffered their first loss in the league.

Robin Hood scored the season's biggest victory when they thrashed BAA — their FA Cup semi-final opponents — 10-2 on Saturday night.

In a ruthless performance from Hood, a memorable five-goal haul from Shakir Smith, was added to with a hat-trick from Aaron Nelson and a goal apiece from Jaylon Bather and the lively Tamiko Goater.

Keishen Bean, who had previously levelled the scores at 1-1, grabbed both goals for BAA.

The result guaranteed a fourth straight top-two finish for Hood, while despite the defeat, BAA have clinched the remaining Dudley Eve Trophy spot for next season.

They dropped to sixth place with the loss, although level on points with Devonshire Cougars whose win over North Village leaves the Rams five points out of sixth place and with only a game remaining.

PHC, Hood and Dandy Town have secured the top-three places, while X-Roads have qualified for the competition for the first time.

With one match remaining this season, X-Roads, who have improved on their eighth-place finish last season, in their first season in the top flight, sit in fourth place, two points ahead of Cougars and BAA.

Pivotal strike:Clay Darrell, centre, scored the crucial winning goal for Boulevard in their 2-1 success, as they beat the drop, condemning opposition Somerset Trojans and Paget Lions to the drop in the process

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Published March 18, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated March 18, 2019 at 1:24 am)

Strugglers’ fates finally sealed

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