Thompson puts Boulevard to the sword
X-Roads 10 Boulevard 1
Donavan Thompson helped X-Roads take their survival matters into their own hands with a four-goal performance to lead them to a slaughter over doomed but spirited Boulevard at Garrison Field yesterday.
The win takes them to 19 points, five points off the drop zone.
“I feel good and I owe it to the team,” Thompson said. “I couldn't do it without them. We are just focusing on staying up. We needed to take this match seriously because we're in a relegation battle and we don't want to go down with them.
“Also, we want to win the FA Cup as we lost in the finals last year, so we will be trying to get back there.”
X-Roads scored as early as the fourth minute when Tyrell Burgess was on the end of a Thompson dribble to slot the ball past Boulevard goalkeeper Jahhi Shakir.
Thompson opened his account when he ran onto a long ball and beat Shakir with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Thompson then set up Kahmori Brangman for a side-footed tap in after a dribble from the touch line.
Boulevard were playing with spirit and scored a deserved goal when player-coach Ian Coke sent in a low cross that Khiry Easton beat his marker to with a sliding tap in from close ranger.
The scoreline looked respectable as X-Roads took a 3-1 lead into the break.
After the break the floodgates opened, with Paul Simons playing a precision pass to put Thompson one-on-one with Shakir whom he poked the ball past.
Jamin Furbert then met Burgess's cross at the near post to head strongly past Shakir before Thompson completed his hat-trick when he outpaced the defence to slip the ball under the advancing goalkeeper.
Thompson scored his fourth from a Burgess ball over the top followed closely by Brangman who shot through the keeper's legs to score his second.
Burgess turned provider to scorer with his second, when he volleyed in a Mauriq Hill miscue in at the near post.
X-Roads closed out the scoring with Thompson providing an inch-perfect pass for Paul Simons to plant his shot home.
X-Roads: Thompson 4, 54, 60, 64, Burgess 4, 68, Brangman 22, 66, Furbert 58, Simons 88
Boulevard: Easton 40
X-Roads (4-2-3-1): D Cooper — J Furbert, K Wilkinson, M Hill, C Hayward — T Daniels, T Burgess – P Simons, R Beek (sub: S Cannonier, 60), K Brangman (sub: K Talbot, 86) — D Thompson. Substitutes not used: J Burrows, O Williams.
Boulevard (4-4-2): J Shakir — Z Stovell, T Stovell, A Famous, E Zuill — T Walker, I Coke, D Taylor, N Smith — K Easton, Z Burchall. Substitutes not used: Booked: E Zuill.
Referee: L Cann.