Parish clinch promotion with win over St David’s
Hamilton Parish clinched promotion yesterday with a 4-1 win over St David’s at Wellington Oval, but the team will save the celebrating for when they clinch the First Division title, possibly on Wednesday night when they meet second-place Boulevard, the only team that can now catch them.
Boulevard reclaimed second place on Saturday night with a 1-0 win over Wolves, with a 90th-minute goal by top-scorer Ian Coke easing their nerves in the battle for the second promotion spot.
Yesterday, Parish held a comfortable 3-0 lead at the half as Macquille Walker opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and then added a second goal in the 33rd. Kneiko Richardson made it 3-0 in the 38th minute.
The St David’s goalkeeper Shomari Fox suffered a hip injury in an aerial challenge from Walker for a high ball inside the box in the 50th minute and had to be replaced.
Walker then turned provider when he laid on a goal for Jarye Bean in the 60th minute with his cross from the right, which saw Bean slide the ball home from close range to make it 4-0.
Diego McCallan pulled one back for St David’s in the 67th minute with a low shot into the bottom corner, but Parish were able to hang on for the victory, which secured their return to the Premier Division for the first time since they were relegated in 2015-16.
BAA, the third team in the promotion race, play Paget tonight at Goose Gosling Field (9pm) before Parish meet Boulevard on Wednesday night at the same venue (9pm) in a match that could decide the title for Parish.
“We still have the Shield to play for and still have first place to play for, but as far as achieving what I came here for, I finally got it,” said coach Sergio Goater, who is in his second season as the Parish coach.
“To be honest, it is still not over, as mathematically it is still possible to not come first. We just got promoted but we want to also come first.
“Overall we got the job done, today was about getting the three points to get past the line. The second half we tired and made the game very difficult.
“We still have the Shield to play for, and the pride of the crest as well.”
In yesterday’s other match, Young Men’s Social Club, early promotion contenders themselves, needed a late goal to be sure of the three points against Ireland Rangers at Police Field.
Social Club led 1-0 at the half through a Nigel Williams goal in the 36th minute. Makai Young made certain of the points with a second goal in the 89th minute before Jonathan Bean made it a close finish with a consolation goal for Ireland Rangers a minute later.