Marco Warren believes PHC Zebras are title contenders after easy win over Dandy Town
PHC Zebras 3 Dandy Town Hornets 0
PHC Zebras kept in touch with the Premier Division leaders as they recorded a comfortable win over Dandy Town Hornets at Goose Gosling Field on Saturday night.
Captain Marco Warren led from the front with two goals sandwiched between a fine solo effort from Kadeem Abraham, who scored his fourth goal in two games to secure the points.
The Zebras were hot to trot as they ran at their opponents from the opening whistle with Warren slamming a shot over the top from just inside the box to sound a warning in the third minute.
Moments later, the Zebras mounted an attack down the left channel as De’Andre Smith-Lightbourne combined well with T’ysi Showers before passing to Warren who controlled and drilled his shot into the left corner of Town goalkeeper Seion Darrell’s net from 18 yards.
Abraham nearly gifted Town an equalizer when his defensive pass was intercepted to allow Chemari Henry through on goal but Zebras goalkeeper Coleridge Fubler advanced and blocked the shot with his body.
Midway through the half, a Town corner was knocked back into the centre but Azendae Furbert’s header was easily collected by Fubler who was well positioned.
Zebras enjoyed a period of possession as they dominated the midfield again led by captain Warren with his dangerous runs forward and his dribbling skills were a menace to the opposition throughout the match. It was no real surprise when they doubled their lead as Paul Simons made an inch-perfect pass for Abraham to run on to and he hit a low drive into the bottom-left corner of Darrell’s net without breaking stride just before half time.
The second half was evenly contested as both defensive units buckled down. Jaylon Bather and Na’eem Griffith proved a pillar of strength to keep Zebras’ clean sheet intact while Edry Moore and Terrance Webb were forced into some timely tackles to deny the Zebras’ speedy forwards.
PHC’s persistence paid off when Darrell was put under pressure forcing a weak clearance which was collected by the diminutive Warren, who dribbled around the goalkeeper to slot the ball home and PHC’s captain was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We are very happy to continue the momentum,” Warren said. “I believe that we are title contenders and we are glad to be back in the hunt to take us into the second half of the season.’
M Warren 5, 89, K Abraham 27
Dandy Town Hornets (4-2-3-1): S Darrell 6 --- A Furbert 5, E Moore 6 (sub: J Richardson-Martin 80), T Webb 6, M Parsons 5 --- J Bean-Lindo 6, A Simmons 5 --- N Spence 6, T Goater 5 (sub: Z Hart 68 5), C Henry 5 (sub: D Scraders 83) --- C Robinson 5. Substitutes not used: J Johnson, H Butterfield. Booked: E Moore.
PHC Zebras (4-1-4-1): C Fubler 7 --- D Smith-Lightbourne 6, J Bather 6, N Griffith 6, D Usher 6 --- D Dowling 6 --- T Showers 6 (sub: J Sealey 75), M Warren 8, K Abraham 7, K Bean 6 (sub: S Trott 87) --- P Simons 6. Substitutes not used: W S Trott, S Nisbett, M Lambe, D Joell, K Lewis. Booked: M Warren.
Referee: R Petrescu (Romania)