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Town aim to take next step in Triple Crown bid

Dandy Town captain Eusebio Blankendal (left). (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Premier Division champions Dandy Town will be looking to make further inroads in their bid for the coveted Triple Crown.

Aaron Denkins’s team clinched a ninth league title and first in six seasons with a game to spare after cruising to convincing 3-0 win over relegated Devonshire Colts at Goose Gosling Field on April 5.

Now their attention shifts to an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Devonshire Cougars at PHC Field today, the next hurdle they are attempting to clear to remain on course for the elusive treble.

“To advance to the final will be another step to our objective,” Eusebio Blankendal, the Town captain, told The Royal Gazette. “We are all excited for this game and can’t wait to play.”

Defender Blankendal says he and his team-mates are bracing themselves for what they anticipate will be a tough outing against their opponents, who coincidentally were the last team to achieve the Triple Crown during the 2013-14 season under coach Dennis Brown.

“We know Cougars have a strong team and it’s going to be tough match,” he added.

“We are approaching the game the same way as any other game, and that is to win.”

Town’s last triumph in the competition was during the 2014-15 season after beating Flanagan’s Onions 3-1 in the final.

Town and Cougars will also meet in the Friendship Trophy final on April 20 at the Flora Duffy Stadium.

Meanwhile, FA Cup-semi-final action continues tomorrow at Wellington Oval where eleven-times champions PHC Zebras do battle with North Village in the second meeting between the two sides in three games.

Village all but ended PHC’s league hopes after coming from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Bernard Park on April 4 during the penultimate round of the 2021-22 league campaign.

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Published April 16, 2022 at 7:36 am (Updated April 16, 2022 at 7:36 am)

Town aim to take next step in Triple Crown bid

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