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Rai Simons hits hat-trick as rampant Village thrash X-Roads

Clinical display: Rai Simons, the North Village striker, netted a hat-trick against X-Roads at Garrison Field yesterday. (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

X Roads Warriors 0 North Village 8

Rai Simons continued his good form of late to inspire North Village to an emphatic win over X-Roads Warriors in a lopsided Premier Division contest at Garrison Field yesterday.

The powerful Village striker netted a superb hat-trick to lead the charge in a game the visitors dominated throughout with some attractive possessive football.

Pierre Smith chipped in with a brace while fellow forwards Tahmi Williams and Demetre Daniels and left-back Kyler Knights also got in on the scoring act to complete the rout.

Midfield ace Justin Bell also put in a solid shift as he had three assists, won a penalty and went agonisingly close with a fierce drive that rattled the woodwork.

Village goalkeepers Detre Bell and Omari DeShields were also both equal to the task as they dealt with the rare threats that came their way to maintain to complete the shut out win on the road.

“Even though the result was put to bed kind of early, we played some really good football, which was very pleasing to watch,” Kenny Thompson, the Village coach, told The Royal Gazette. “The ball speed was good, we retained possession very well and the main thing was to try to break the ice as early as possible.”

The visitors made the early breakthrough when Smith converted Justin Bell’s short pass inside the six-yard box.

Bell was in the thick of it again shortly after when he was hauled down in the area wriggling his way to goal to earn Village a penalty. Williams made no mistake from 12-yards to double his team’s advantage.

Simons, then put the game beyond X-Roads’ reach when he lashed in Bell’s pass in the area.

The floodgates opened thereafter as Daniels collected Bell’s short pass from the left side of the box and scored from close range.

Simons then grabbed his second and Village’s fifth after turning his marker in the box and drilling in a low shot that clipped the far post on the way into the back of the net.

Smith notched his second goal after being picked out by midfielder Vernon Perinchief’s pass to give Village a commanding 6-0 lead at the break.

The visitors created ample chances after the restart but only managed to add two further goals to their tally.

Simons completed his fine treble when he controlled Smith’s pass and curled in a shot from 25-yards with the inside of his right-boot that caught X-Roads’ goalkeeper Q’Shai Darrell slightly off his line.

Full-back Knights then rounded off the scoring after latching onto substitute Ian Simmons’s pass and firing past Darrell.

Jaman Lottimore, the X-Roads forward, went closest to scoring for the hosts with a second half free-kick that struck the crossbar before being cleared away by a well-organised Village defence.


North Village: Simons 16, 22, 61; Smith 4, 39; Williams 10 (pen), Daniels 18, Knights 85


X-Roads (4-2-3-1): Q Darrell 5 – K Hill-Tuzo 5 (sub: R Hare, 34), N Richardson 5, J Furbert 5, D Scott-Woolridge 5 – A Daniels 5 (sub: R Beck 80), M Thomas 5 (sub: D Simons 46 5) – J Costa 5, J Morgan 5 (sub: D Thompson 46 7), J Lottimore 7 – M Johnson 7 (sub: A Wilson 68 6). Substitutes not used: J Minks, Z McCarter. Booked: Hill-Tuzo, Costa.

North Village (4-1-4-1): D Bell 8 (sub: O DeShields 68 8) – J Harvey 7, T Fray 7, Q Lema 7, K Knights 8 – V Perinchief 7 (sub: S Somner 73) – T Williams 8 (sub: I Simmons 73), J Bell 8 (sub: J Smith- DeShields 68 7), D Daniels 8, P Smith 8 (sub: K Carrington 68 7) – R Simmons 8.

Referee: A Francis.

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Published February 07, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated February 07, 2022 at 7:57 am)

Rai Simons hits hat-trick as rampant Village thrash X-Roads

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