Michael Tyler-Emery hits hat-trick as Eagles fight back
Michael Tyler-Emery was the toast of the dressing room after firing a hat-trick to propel ten-man Somerset Eagles to a hard-fought 3-2 win over St David’s in an exciting First Division contest at Lord’s on Sunday.
The Eagles forward netted in the 22nd, 73rd and 83rd minutes as Eagles came from behind twice before prevailing in a see-saw battle.
“It was definitely relieving to get my first hat-trick of the season after coming close in back-to-back fixtures,” Tyler-Emery told The Royal Gazette.
“Hopefully there’s a few more hat-tricks in the rest of the season.”
Experienced striker Keishen Bean gave St David’s the lead from the penalty spot in the 8th minute before Tyler-Emery opened his account to bring the teams level.
Bean restored the home side’s lead in the 31st minute with his second of the match and St David’s gained a numerical advantage when Eagles’ substitute Tarik Smith, who came on at half time, received a straight red card for a poor tackle in the 58th minute.
Eagles battled on and were rewarded when Tyler-Emery equalised with just over a quarter of an hour remaining and he then popped up with the winner ten minutes later to complete his team’s impressive fightback.
“It was a resilient win. We went there needing to leave with three points and we did,” Tyler-Emery added.
“We were down 2-1 for a good majority of the game but we were able keep digging and keep the pressure on the St David’s goal and get two late goals to seal off the match.”
Taking some of the shine off of Eagles’ impressive win was the sending off of coach Jomar Wilkinson in second-half stoppage time for foul and abusive language.
Elsewhere on Sunday, unbeaten leaders Devonshire Colts thumped Boulevard 4-0 at Police Field.
Daniel Ball led the home team’s charge with a brace while Jorj Dublin and Chemarl Henry also got on the scoresheet.
In the remaining games, Southampton Rangers edged Vasco 4-3 at Goose Gosling Field and Wolves prevailed 3-0 over Ireland Rangers at Somerset Cricket Club on Saturday night.
Southampton Rangers player-coach Keith Jennings and captain Donte Brangman both led by example as they each netted twice to fire their side to victory over Vasco, who replied through goals from player-coach Leo Burgess, Rychus Symonds and Matthew Amaral.
On target for Wolves in their convincing shutout win over Ireland Rangers were Stefan Ackah Simons, Antinori Butterfield and James Hayeem.