Eagles extend unbeaten streak
Promoted teams Southampton Rangers and Somerset Eagles set up their end-of-season showdown after victories yesterday.
Rangers ended their home campaign with a 2-0 win over Wolves at Southampton Oval where the division’s top scorer Jarazinho Bassett netted in each half to reach the 20-goal mark. At White Hill Field, Eagles extended their unbeaten league run to 19 games after beating Young Men’s Social Club 3-0 to remain a point behind Rangers in the battle for the top spot.
Rangers hit the crossbar through Bassett before Kieshon Wilson struck the post in the first half as they penetrated the Wolves defence but could not find the net. Bassett had a shot from close range turned around the post for a corner by the Wolves goalkeeper.
Rangers, missing captain Donte Brangman, Ezekiel Stoneham, Keedai Astwood, finally broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Bassett converted from close-range following a cross on the left by defender Darius Cox.
Bassett put the issue beyond doubt in the 80th minute.
Eagles picked up their fifteenth win of the season after Tahj Wade broke the deadlock in the seventh minute.
The former Somerset Trojans and Ireland Rangers player then turned provider when he supplied the cross in the 50th minute for Ethan Fubler to steer his left-footed shot past goalkeeper Donovan Adams from close range.
Leo Burgess, the Eagles top scorer, notched his seventeenth goal of the season from the penalty spot three minutes later after Wade was fouled by Che Woolridge.
Social club had two players sent off after that, Anthony Purnell getting a red card in the 70th minute for threatening language towards referee Lloyd Christopher.
The visiting side were reduced to nine men in the 78th minute when Che Woolridge was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Burgess.
In the first game of a double header at Wellington Oval, Ireland Rangers overcame a two-goal deficit to edge St David’s 3-2. Ireland Rangers played the entire match with ten men.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, St David’s took a 2-0 lead at the half through goals from Kamali Davis and Justin Pitcher. Davis opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute when he scored from a corner.
The St David’s celebrations had barely subsided when Pitcher doubled their lead a minute later with another goal from a corner.
The visiting side regrouped after the break and pulled a goal back in the 64th minute through Chris Kawaley, who got on the end of a cross and buried his shot from inside of the box. Sakai Proctor brought the teams level six minutes later when he linked up well with Duante Woods and smashed his half volley into the net. Raquan Smith then completed Ireland Rangers’s impressive comeback when he controlled a cross in the box and slotted home.
“This was a much needed victory for us,” Duane DeRoza, the Ireland Rangers coach, said.
“We made it difficult for ourselves but, at the end of the day, the result is what matters most.”
Substitute Zeko Burgess scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give St George’s a 1-0 win over Devonshire Colts at Police Field.