Ming bags brace for in-form Zebras
Robin Hood 1 PHC Zebras 2
PHC Zebras continued their good run of form after beating home side Robin Hood at Goose Gosling field yesterday.
Tre Ming's first half brace proved to be enough to secure the result, although they were pushed to the final whistle after Jaylon Bather pulled one back early in the second half.
With the league having been already decided and both teams in the top half of the table, pride and bragging rights were the only things on the line.
Although there was nothing to gain tangibly, the match was played at a high tempo and an intensity typical of both outfits.
Hood looked the most likely to score in the early stages as they put pressure on a fairly young PHC backline.
Casey Castle was the main catalyst for Hood causing real problems with his pace down the right flank, delivering some dangerous crosses into the box.
The winger had a chance himself getting on the end of a diagonal ball from Shakir Smith, but his first time effort went just wide hitting the side netting.
At the other end, Cecoy Robinson was keeping the Hood defence busy. He was unlucky in the fifteenth minute when he struck the upright with a low drive from the edge of the box after some fancy footwork.
Moments later the pacy forward was at it again, taking advantage of a defensive mix up, but was unable to put his left-footed effort on target with only the goalkeeper to beat.
On the half-hour mark, Ming would get his first with a hard low drive from distance that should have been a routine save, but went under the foot of stand in goalkeeper Antwan Russell.
Hood would then have a couple of chances off from set pieces but Bather and Aaron Nelson were both off target with their headers. The misses proved costly as Ming would get his second five minutes later, with an impressive first time volley off of a punched clearance that left Russell stranded.
After the half, Hood continued to be a threat from set pieces and were finally able to convert from a corner when Bather rose high to head home from close range.
The home side then made a double substitution midway through the half bringing on Tomiko Goater and Chae Brangman as they searched for an equaliser, but PHC would end up having the next clear-cut chance. After some good combination play down the left, Marco Warren squared a perfect ball across the face of the goal, but Kadeem Abraham blazed over the bar from six yards.
Hood Bather 48
Zebras: Ming 32, 37.
Robin Hood: (3-4-3) A Russell, J Pereira, J Bather, L Evans, C Castle, L Steede, P Parsons, S Smith (sub: C Brangman, 67min), E Outerbridge (sub: T Goater, 67), J Corday, A Nelson. Substitutes not used: C Ricca, N Outerbridge, A Lee.
PHC Zebras: (4-3-3) S Trott, D Usher, E King-Mills, S Simmons (sub: M Lambe, 76), D Smith-Lightbourne, T Ming, J Hassell, M Warren, K Bean (sub: J Joseph, 73), K Abraham, C Robinson. Substitutes not used: C Fubler, M Wilson, S Trott, K Hypolite, J Sealy. Booked: Trott 74, Ming 78, Usher 83.
Referee: A Francis.