Lowe blow keeps X-Roads pointless
Dandy Town 1 X-Roads 0
Dandy Town are now two for two in league action after a second-half strike from Oneko Lowe saw off X-Roads on Saturday night.
Coach Kwame Steede was delighted to see his team hold on to claim all three points.
“I am pleased with the way the players executed on the game plan tonight,” he said. “We set up to make it difficult for them to play through us and we were sharp on the counter, particularly after we scored.
“We did have a few opportunities to extend the lead later in the match, but it shows good character to protect a one-goal lead.”
Dandy Town enjoyed the bulk of the possession in the early stages of the match, but were up against an equally organised X-Roads team, so chances were at a premium.
Paul Simons had the first real chance of the game, receiving a square pass at the edge of the box, but could not keep his shot from going over the bar. At the other end, Town’s new signing, Cecoy Robinson, found himself in front of goal after combining well inside the box but was also off target with a hasty finish.
Treshun Smith was then played through in the 35th minute, but Dashun Cooper was able to parry his effort around the post for corner to keep things level going into the half.
Town picked up where they left off after the interval and, in the 50th minute, Smith found Robinson on the penalty spot with a square pass, but Cooper was equal to the challenge, pushing the forward’s effort over the bar.
The X-Roads goalkeeper would not be as fortunate ten minutes later, when Lowe was on the end of a through-ball. His first attempt was saved by Cooper on the edge of the box, but the young forward made no mistake with the rebound. There was some controversy surrounding the goal initially, with claims of offside, but after deliberation the match officials concluded that the goal would stand.
X-Roads then brought on new signing Ian Coke to join Donovan Thompson in the attack as they went in search of an equaliser. The visiting side applied pressure, putting in crosses and threatening on set-pieces, but never found the breakthrough they were looking for.
The loss leaves them rooted at the bottom of the table with no points and no goals after three matches.
Dandy Town: Lowe 62
Dandy Town (3-4-3): J Manders — E Trott, J Bean-Lindo, T Webb — E Blankendal, A Furbert, J Richardson-Martin, T Smith — O Lowe, D Butterfield (sub: D Blankendal, 50min), C Robinson (sub: L Emery, 78). Substitutes not used: M Perott, M Mello-Cann, N Smith, E Swan, S Darrell.
X-Roads (4-3-3): D Cooper — J Bean, T Burgess, C Minors, C McDowall — K Hill-Tuzo (sub: I Coke, 65), D Woolridge, P Simons — T Daniels (sub: T Perinchief, 72), D Woolridge (sub: K Brangman, 58), D Thompson. Substitutes not used: R Beek, A Heyliger, J Sanchez, Q Darrell. Booked: Hill-Tuzo, Turnbull.
Referee: A Francis.