Dandy Town put trophy loss to bed with easy win over Boulevard
Dandy Town Hornets 3 Boulevard Blazers 0
Dandy Town Hornets bounced back from a disappointing midweek loss in the Dudley Eve Trophy quarter-finals with a comfortable win at Goose Gosling Field last night.
Three unanswered goals were sufficient to earn the three points to keep the Hornets with maximum points after two rounds of play but coach Jay Bean still has plenty to work on with his player.
“This is still a work in progress,”, stated a humble Bean.
“A lot of chances went begging today, which would have put the game out of reach early. Luckily, they didn’t trouble us but just by keeping a team in the game when you should be out front makes your players edgy and mistakes start to happen. Overall, it was a comfortable win but I still think there is work to be done on the training field.”
The Hornets started the match in attacking mode with Nizigh Spence producing a thunderous header which rattled the crossbar as early as the third minute.
Spence had another golden opportunity to score but side-footed wide when well-placed just before his side broke the deadlock.
A good build-up from the back was played wide to Cecoy Robinson who cut inside to unleash a low drive which Blazers goalkeeper Azir Harvey fumbled, leaving Azendae Furbert the easy task of tapping in from six yards.
Boulevard mounted an attack of their own when Akeem Johnson played wide to Clay Darrell whose cross was headed over the top by a rising Sergio Woolridge but Town goalkeeper Daniel Johnson appeared to have had it covered.
Just before the half, Furbert toe-poked a pass to Robinson who hit a hard and low drive to send Town into the dressing room with a two-goal lead.
Town continued their momentum into the second half but Blazers’ centre half Anthony Williams-Smith was working hard to keep Town at bay with his speed and some timely tackles.
Blazers enjoyed a short period of possession themselves and Jahzardae Samuels led the charge with some forceful runs forward but they couldn’t break the Town defence held firmly by stand-in captain Terrence Webb.
Tomiko Goater rounded of the scoring late in the game when his drilled shot sailed through a maze of players to nest in the bottom corner of Harvey’s net.
Town won the match but may have lost Webb for a few games as he landed awkwardly on his right shoulder and the game was held up for a few minutes for him to receive medical attention but he was able to walk off the field to the applause of the sparse crowd.
Dandy Town Hornets
A Furbert 33, C Robinson 44, T Goater 84
Dandy Town Hornets (4-2-3-1): D Johnson 6 --- K Sharrieff-Hayward 6, T Webb 7 (sub: T Sharrieff, 87min), E Moore 7, M Parsons 6 --- J Bean-Lindo 7, A Furbert 8 --- N Spence 7, T Goater 8 (sub: D Scraders, 87), C Henry 6 (sub: A Simmons, 76 min) ---C Robinson 8 (sub: S Tatem, 87). Substitutes not used: J Wilson-Butterfield, T Smith, K Lathan. Booked: K Sharrieff-Hayward.
Boulevard Blazers (4-2-3-1): A Harvey 7 --- A Johnson 7, A Famous 6, A Williams-Smith 8, Z Stovell 7 --- N Smith 5 (sub: N Augustus, 46 5), J Samuels 8 --- Q Maynard 7, T Taylor 6, S Woolridge 7 --- C Darrell 6 (sub: R Murphy, 71). Substitutes not used: K McQueen. Booked: S Woolridge, K McQueen, N Augustus.
Referee: A Francis