PHC are the new Premier Division champions after they hammered Boulevard 9-0 in front of a joyous home crowd at PHC Stadium on Sunday.
Needing only a draw from the final league match of the season, Zebras went out in style, with the match little moe than a celebratory goal procession, led by fleet-footed striker Paul Simons.
Simons scored a first-half hat-trick to end all drama of PHC being miraculously caught by Devonshire Cougars – the only team entering the day with a mathematical chance of equalling PHC’s point total.
PHC took just three minutes to score the first goal and by the half-hour mark they were ahead by three, with Simons responsible for all. At the interval the score was 4-0, after captain Marco Warren registered the first of his two goals.
Four more shots and one unfortunate deflection ended up in the back of the net in the second half, with Warren netting hs second, along with single strikes from Jenico Sealey, Jaylon Bather, Keishon Bean and a Reiko Trott own goal. Boulevard had little to fight for on the day, having already been confirmed for relegation last week.
Meanwhile, PHC stayed on course for a triple crown season in adding the league title to the Friendship Trophy won over the Christmas/New Years holiday period, with the FA Cup the final sought after piece, for which they will contest North Village on April 2.
Devonshire Cougars 4 Robin Hood 1
Devonshire Cougars defeated Robin Hood to send the men of fairy-tales and fables back to the Sherwood Forest with 17 defeats and one draw, amounting to a single point for the season.
Cougars still had a slim chance of catching PHC heading into the day, but needed a major miracle of a massive PHC loss to Boulevard, combined with a high-scoring win themselves against Hood.
With word reaching The Den of PHC’s early plundering of Boulevard it became a useless exercise and the match quickly turned into one of fun and games.
Domico Coddington and Chris Caisey each scored twice for the victors, while Barry Gooden notched a lone reply in a sad season for Robin Hood, that may very well be their last as a participatory club among the BFA’s competitive senior divisions.
Robin Hood has struggled to field full compliments of players for matches throughout the season and have a real chance of folding.
St George’s 1 North Village 3
North Village returned to form ahead of next month’s FA Cup final with a 3-1 triumph over St George’s at Wellington Oval. Pierre Smith opened the scoring for the visitors in the 35th minute and captain Tahmi Williams doubled the advantage early in the second half.
Tre Ming made it a three-goal advantage moments later, before St George’s finally responded with a consolation strike from Tyrell Burgess. It was a bitter end to the campaign for St George’s, but the east enders could take solace in having produced the club’s best effort in decades, remaining in real contention for league honours for a large portion of the season and ended up third overall.
Dandy Town 1 Hamilton Parish 1
The curtain officially came down on Dandy Town’s defence of the league championship, with a 1-1 draw against Hamilton Parish at Goose Gosling Field.
Sixth placed Town took an early lead through Cecoy Robinson, who beat the Hot Peppers’ defence and goalkeeper Nigel Burgess with a 19th minute score from inside the penalty area.
Parish, who entered in fifth place – two points ahead of Town – and were obviously determined not to allow Town to overtake them in the standings, battled back to claim the equaliser at the 30th minute mark through tall striker and the team’s leading goalscorer Macquille Walker.
Somerset 1 X-Roads 3
X-Roads capped a season of mixed fortunes with a 3-1 win over a jaded Somerset outfit at the west end.
With the win Warriors secured seventh place in the standings, while Somerset, who won the Dudley Eve Trophy at the beginning of the season, wound up a disappointing eighth at the end of the day.
42 Devonshire Cougars
37 St. George’s
37 North Village
25 Hamilton Parish
23 Dandy Town
*01 Robin Hood
Key: ** Division winners; * Relegated
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