Rangers bury Urlings deeper in the mire
In a game that mattered most to Urlings’ survival at the top flight of the ABFA Premier League, the round-south team succumbed to the unstoppable force of Ottos Rangers.
Returning from abroad, left full-back/winger Kelly Roberts made his way forcefully down the flank to assist William Lewis with the first goal of the match,1-0.
Junior “Eto’o” Benjamin added a double in the 24th and 40th minute to give Rangers an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Quinton Griffith restored some pride when he converted a penalty kick in added time, 3-1.
Benjamin displayed his best performance the tournament when he picked up his hat-trick in the 51st minute of play, 4-1.
A deflated Urlings found it difficult to stop Benjamin’s incisive runs that lead to what seemed like his 4th goal of the match. However, this was signalled by the official as an own goal by the Urlings defender, 5-1.
Happy to be winning by such a huge margin Rangers’ goalkeeper (GK) apparently wanted some of the spotlights. He came to out to the edge of the box only to give the ball away. Griffith received the ball at his feet and curled it into the back of the net, 5-2.
Urlings remains buried at the bottom of the deck with 7 points and the most defeats of any team with 11.
Next Up: Hoppers Vs Fort Road
Hoppers taste first defeat of the season
This match started out with Fort Road looking quite good defensively, locking down all of the incoming attacks. The first half ended without a goal on the score sheet, but that is also when the action emphatically began.
Whatever instruction was given in the Fort Road dressing room was inspirational as the “BIG TEAM” came out with guns blazing. First it was Zakeem Michael in the 53 minute as the underdogs went ahead after the 1-0 and the crowd was behind them.
Then Fort Road started playing like they were the dominant team. Out of nowhere they came out blazing with another wave of attack and stuck it in the back of the net, 2-0. With that goal, Michael was on his hat-trick.
Hoppers remained composed and kept on attacking with full numbers that may be allowed Fort Road to counter with ease as Alren Lewis made it 3-0 in the 65th.
Two minutes later Kareem Wilson had Hoppers’ first successful strike of the day, 3-1 but Adrian Baron added one more for his team making it 4-1.In the 89 minute, Michael got his hat-trick as Fort Road recorded a fifth goal. The underdogs had prevailed 5-1.
In the first game of Sunday’s Triple Header:
Parham hands Five Islands 5, “One for each Island I suppose.”
Parham took an early lead in the 10 minute with Orlando Mitchum paving the way for on onslaught. Two minutes later Randolph “Etty” Burton doubled the lead for his team with Five Island hardly getting a touch of the ball.
In the second half, Zacheous Polius making it 3-0 in the 60th minute. Captain Tevaughn Harriette got on the score sheet after slotting home the 4th one that was expected with the brand of football that his team was playing.
Five Islands added some excitement in the latter stages when Deigo Silva chipped the ball over the goalkeeper Molvin James but. Unfortunately, the defender saved it off the line.
Donald Francis released a powerful shot only to see it ricochet off the post. Then Parham caught the Five Islands custodian off his line with a well-measured long free kick, but this too would be saved brilliantly by the defender.
However, they would suffer further humiliation as Harriette got his second of the match in added time. Final scores Parham 5, Five Islands 0.
In our second match of the day:
One goal, Three Points
In the 4th minute of play, Okeskie Ledette put Bassa ahead with a curling free kick that beat Miguel Baez at the near post.
SAP pressed hard in search on an equalizer with Okeem Soda Challenger attempting one down at the other end but pulling it wide. Minutes later Peter Byers shook the upright with a powerful shot from outside the box, he would instead have preferred to see it pinging off into the back of the net. Then Rasheem Williamson working his way through traffic and forcing GK Prince Walters to parry to his left.
At the half, the score was 1-0 and at full time it remained the same. Bassa held on to the slim lead for the entire match. Currently, they are on 12 points but still in danger of ending up in the playoffs.
SAP remain in third place behind Parham on 38 and Hoppers on 31.
In addition, Finally In the Main event:
Lime Old Road too hot for Grenades to handle
In recent times, the teamwork of striker Erskim Williams and his captain Stephan Smith has proven to be a hazardous combination to many of their opponents. This includes Jennings Grenades who saw their Old Road rivals leading the game 1-0 after 22 minutes on the clock.
Steven Roberts missed a beautiful opportunity to get the equaliser in the 34th minute as Jennings kept on knocking at the door. Eventually, his center-forward teammate Oalex Anderson came through for them five minutes later, 1-1.
Old Road took back the lead through Donavan Pert, who converted twice in the 42nd and 44th minutes. At half time, the score was 3-1 in favour of the Old Road squad.
The former back to back champions kept up the momentum after the break with a bombardment of shots as they looked ever more dangerous as the game went on.
Their fans joined in to support them with a number of gospel songs and chants coming from the upper deck and echoing throughout the stadium. It was an awesome, exhilarating experience that could be compared to the barking mad crowd support that the English Premier League fans are accustom to hearing from the stands.
The entire Old Road stand was buzzing with gospels. However, as noisy and excited as they were, they got even more jubilant when Smith released a rocket of a shot in the 56 minute…it was sheer beauty, 4-1.
Jennings was rather unfortunate at the other end and a bit too hasty with a couple of offside decisions going against them.
The Old Road team was proving too hot for Grenades to handle with the captain again releasing a wicked shot from way out that ripped its way into the back of the net rocking the entire stadium, 5-1. Even if you were not an Old Road fan you had to give him credit for that goal….it was a real beauty.
Old Road rewarded the fans for their unfailing support for a great performance and bringing down the curtains on an unforgettable weekend at the ARG.
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