Nathan Rego scores a brace as Trojans cruise past X-Roads
Somerset Trojans 5 X-Road Warriors 0
Somerset Trojans rebounded from last week’s disappointing draw with a resounding win over X-Road Warriors in a one-sided Premier Division contest at Somerset yesterday.
After scoring two early goals through Trevahn Tyrell and Jeze Butterfield, skipper Justin Corday and a brace from sub Nathan Rego added three goals after the break to earn all three points for the home team.
“We played a much better game. I was really pleased with our performance today,” Jomar Wilkinson, the Trojans’ coach stated.
“We executed the game plan and showed some maturity today. I like the direction we are heading in.”
The Trojans couldn’t have asked for a better start as the opening goal came within two minutes of play.
Jaz Ratteray-Smith knocked a long ball forward for Tyrell to hit a snap shot into the corner of X-Roads’ goalkeeper, Q’Shai Darrell’s net despite his diving effort.
X-Roads almost scored immediately from the restart when Maqual Nisbett-Tankard miscued his clearance with the ball rolling to Jaman Lottimore, who beat Trojan’s goalkeeper Nkenge Durham with his shot only to have Ratteray-Smith clear the ball off the goal line.
The Trojans would double their lead four minutes later when Jaden Ratteray-Smith played a defence-splitting pass for Jeze Butterfield, who volleyed past the stranded custodian.
X-Roads were finally able to settle down and kept the Trojans at bay but each team managed one golden chance just before the break.
Tymon Daniels’ free kick brought of a diving save from young Durham as he pushed the ball around the post for a corner. Not to be outdone, Darrell pulled off an acrobatic save to tip Jahkari Furbert’s curling free kick over the top.
X-Roads dominated the opening fifteen minutes of the second half with some quality short passes through the middle of the park but they couldn’t penetrate a disciplined Trojans’ backline.
Skipper Corday would get on the scoresheet when his low drive from a free kick beat the wall to rest in the corner of the net.
Substitute Nathan Rego would round off the scoring with a brace.
The first came from a solo effort which saw him beating two players before placing his shot to the left of Darrell. He was then on the receiving end of some good work down the right flank by Jaden Ratteray-Smith, who squared the ball back for Rego to tap in.
Young Durham helped to keep his clean sheet when he rose bravely to take a ball out of the air from an on rushing Zikomo McCarter just before the final whistle.
Somerset Trojans 5
T Tyrell 2, J Butterfield 6, J Corday 66, N Rego 70, 85
Somerset Trojans (4-1-4-1) – N Durham 7 —- M Joell 5 (sub: N Rego 67, 7), Jaz Ratteray-Smith 6, M Nisbett-Tankard 5, K Sharrieff-Hayward 6 —- J Corday 6 (sub: K Brangman 74) —-, J Butterfield 6 (sub: R Burrows 79), D Brangman 5, Jaden Ratteray-Smith 6, J Furbert 6 (sub: D Swan 79) —- T Tyrell 6 (sub: C Durham 74). Substitutes not used: A Douglas. Booked: Nil
X-Roads Warriors (4-2-3-1) – Q Darrell 6 —- R Beek 5, J Furbert 6, R Hare 5, N Richardson —- T Daniels 6, A Burgess 5 (sub: Z McCarter 75)—- J Morgan 5 (sub: M Thomas 60, 5), K Hill-Tuzo 5 (sub: J Costa 37, 6), J Lottimore 5 —- T Perinchief 5 (sub: D Woolridge 60, 5). Substitutes not used: N Carmichael, J Minks, D Simons. Booked: A Burgess.
Referee: G Swainson