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Azende Furbert of Dandy Town and Nzari Paynter of St George's battle for possession at Wellington Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

St George’s 0 Dandy Town 3

Dandy Town moved closer to a ninth Premier Division title and first since the 2015-16 season when they left Wellington Oval with three more points from their sixteenth win in 18 matches.

The result keeps them two points ahead of PHC with two matches remaining, with Town set to play Devonshire Colts on Saturday while their nearest rivals meet North Village before the two teams meet the following Saturday night to decide the title.

Eusebio Blankendal, who is wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Angelo Simmons, played a significant role in Town’s victory, setting up the second goal before scoring the third himself early in the second half as the visitors reached the 50-goal mark in the league.

It took them a while to break down a stubborn St George’s side who fought hard to make things difficult. But once the deadlock was broken in the 29th minute, Town quickly made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later.

Kamali Davis of Dandy Town extends a leg to steer the ball past the advancing goalkeeper Freddy Hall as Town take the lead against St George's yesterday at Wellington Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

A ball over the defence by Cecoy Robinson caught the St George’s defence flat as Kamali Davis ran through the middle and beat the advancing Freddy Hall to the ball before extending a boot and steering it past the goalkeeper with his first touch.

An overlap produced another good finish for Town, with Blankendal getting through down the right side before crossing into the box where Tomiko Goater beat Hall from close range.

Dandy Town players (l-r) Cecoy Robinson, Eusebio Blankendal and Jomei Bean-Lindo celebrate with goalscorer Tomiko Goater (right) after he doubled the Dandy Town lead against St George's at Wellington Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

“Most importantly the team won, it was a team effort,” Blankendal said. “Overall we had control of the game.

“We were able to understand our strengths and their weaknesses and that’s what helped us to manage the game better than the last game that we played.

“For the first 29 minutes, we were playing too narrow and once we started going to the wide players they started to open up and we were able to pick pockets in the end and that’s how we were able to get the goals.”

Kamali Davis battles with Freddy Hall as the St George's goalkeeper tries to keep the ball in play at Wellington Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Blankendal added to the tally in the 53rd minute when he blasted home from the right side of the penalty box after St George’s failed to deal with another Town threat.

At the other end, full back Nzari Paynter went close to scoring for the home team when his shot from the edge of the penalty was kept out by goalkeeper Jaiden Manders diving to his left.

St George’s substitute Jahkai Brangman had a good chance to prevent the shut-out in the dying minutes when Lashon Dill, in a one-on-one chance, squared the ball to Brangman who miskicked with the goal at his mercy.

Macai Simmons, of St George’s, was dismissed just seconds before the final whistle when he was shown a second yellow by referee Anthony Francis for a bad foul on Jhazii Johnson, having been already been booked in the first half.

SCORERS

Dandy Town: Davis 29, Goater 31, Blankendal 53

TEAMS

St George’s (4-3-3): F Hall 6 – A Francis 6, P Anderson 6, E Signor 6, N Paynter 6 – C Ottley 6 (sub: C King 83min), J Carlington 6 (sub: J Darrell, 68 6), M Simmons 6 – S Blair-Paynter 6 (sub: Brangman 83), L Dill 6, K Ottley 5 (sub: J Dickinson, 50 6). Substitutes not used: C Burns, L Wales. Booked: Blair-Paynter, Simmons, Carlington. Sent off: Simmons.

Dandy Town (4-3-3): J Manders 6 – E Blankendal 7, T Webb 7, T Manders 7, J Bean-Lindo 7 – A Furbert 7, N Spence 7 (sub: M Parsons, 75), E Swan 6 (sub: J Johnson 68, 6) – C Robinson 6 (sub: M Mello-Cann, 83), K Davis 6 (sub: S Tatem, 83) T Goater 6 (sub: J Samuels, 75). Substitutes not used: J Roser, S Darrell. Booked: T Manders.

Referee: A Francis

St George's and Dandy Town players come together with match officials for the new 'One Team' initiative recently introduced by the BFA to tackle anti-social behaviour in the community and at football matches (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published March 28, 2022 at 7:58 am (Updated March 29, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Town maintain slim advantage in title race

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