Late BAA goal ends Parish’s perfect record
Hamilton Parish’s proud winning streak came to a disappointing end yesterday at Goose Gosling Field as BAA earned a 2-2 draw with a dramatic equaliser four minutes into stoppage time.
One goalkeeper, BAA’s Peter Silvester, was the hero while Parish ‘keeper Sean Burgess was at fault after failing to catch a high ball into his box from a free kick taken on the edge of the centre circle in the BAA half.
Silvester’s kick was perfect, leaving the advancing Burgess no chance despite his height, as the ball dropped beyond everyone in a crowded box and into an empty goal from the last kick of the game. The goal denied Parish, the First Division leaders, an eighth straight victory as their lead was cut to six points over Young Men’s Social Club, who won on New Year’s Day.
Parish were cruising with a 2-0 lead with just 15 minutes to go, before a penalty to BAA in the 79th minute and a red card for Parish’s Quinn Outerbridge in the 81st changed the game.
“We knew going into this game that we had to be organised because we respect the talent they have,” said Andrew Bascome, the BAA coach.
BAA, third in the promotion race, looked headed for their second loss after Jordan Outerbridge’s 32nd minute goal was followed up by a second from captain Mauriq Hill in the 75th, when his header off an Outerbridge cross from a corner, hit the underside of the crossbar.
Referee Tashun Simons ruled that the ball dropped over the line.
Three minutes later BAA were back in contention when substitute Callum Maule was fouled inside the box to earn a penalty, which Riley Robinson converted with his kick low to the keeper’s right.
Parish suffered another setback in the 80th minute when Quinn Outerbridge was shown a straight red card for serious foul play for an offense on Jalen Commissiong.
It took BAA another ten minutes to capitalise. The game was well into stoppage time when the home side earned a free kick near the halfway line.
They piled players into the box and when Silvester’s high ball went in, Burgess came off his line to try to catch it, misjudged the height and the Parish players’s hearts stopped as the ball dropped and then bounced over the line.
“The boy I threw on in the second half is really a centre back, but I just wanted to occupy their two big centre backs and give it a different look,” Bascome said of Maule’s inclusion.
“Once they had the man sent off I went to 3-3-4 so we could put more pressure on their back four. Once the ball was floated in, you had at least ten, 12 players collapsing back on the goalkeeper as he’s coming forward.
“To me, the mistake was made in that he should have punched it instead of trying to catch it. People may say it was luck but we work hard for our luck and if something should drop for us, then we should be in a position to take it.”
In an emotionally charged match, referee Simons booked nine players in total, six from Parish and three from BAA.
In Saturday’s other key match, Young Men’s Social Club defeated third-placed Boulevard 3-2 at Police Field to strengthen their grip on second place.
Boulevard took the lead in the seventeenth minute through Tarreko Wilson and held it until the opening minutes of the second half when Social Club scored twice in a minute to turn the match around.
Jomeko Mallory equalised in the 50th minute before Social Club took the lead a minute later when Mackai Young netted. They then made certain of the points with a third goal in the 85th minute through Nigel Williams before Enyche Zuill reduced the deficit with a penalty a minute into stoppage time.
In yesterday’s other match, Wolves edged St David’s 2-1 to leapfrog their opponents in mid-table.
Kyle Brangman gave Wolves the lead late in the first half before Atinori Butterfield doubled the lead early in the second half.
Veteran Otis Minors pulled a goal back for St David’s about 15 minutes from the end.
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