Watford produced a stirring second-half display to score twice after being reduced to ten men with 25 minutes to play to beat Nahki Wells and his Huddersfield Town teammates 4-2 on a dramatic afternoon at Vicarage Road.
Gabriel Tamas was sent off for the home side 65 minutes in but after that Keith Andrews and Almen Abdi (his second) put Huddersfield to bed.
Prior to that, Troy Deeney and Abdi had seen goals cancelled out by Harry Bunn and Murray Wallace.
Wells who started the match on the bench entered the game in the 73rd minute.
It was a little harsh on Huddersfield who started relatively brightly as James Vaughan headed a long throw over the top, but it did not take their opponents long to start posing questions.
Ikechi Anya fired across goal and wide following a Hornets counter-attack, before an unmarked Deeney headed a deep Daniel Tozser free-kick narrowly the wrong side of Alex Smithies' far post.
Deeney came into the game having scored 11 goals in his last 11 appearances at Vicarage Road and after signing a new four-year deal in the build-up to the match to end speculation about his future, there was a sense of inevitability that the striker would continue his home hot streak.
He duly did, putting Watford into a 15th-minute lead when he calmly beat Smithies after being put through by a pin-point Tozser pass that bisected the Terriers defense.
Deeney almost added a second, clipping a shot into the side netting after a powerful run into the penalty area, before Huddersfield thought they had equalized when goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was unable to hold a long-range shot from Conor Coady and Vaughan converted the rebound, only for it to be ruled out for an offside flag.
Watford should have doubled their lead shortly before half-time, though, when a fine deep cross from Tamas picked out the unmarked Fernando Forestieri but he headed over the bar.
Within three minutes of the restart though, Huddersfield were level when Gomes failed to deal convincingly with a Sean Scannell cross from his right and Bunn capitalized on the keeper's loose parry, sweeping the rebound in to make it 1-1.
That goal raised question marks about the Hornets' defending, but six minutes later the finger pointing was directed at the Town backline when, after the ball had broke Watford's way following a challenge, Abdi strode through a big hole in the defense to net his first of the season.
Town were in no mood to lie down though, and in the 64th minute they levelled for a second time when Wallace rose well to head in a corner from the right.
The game appeared to have swung further in the Terriers' direction a minute later when Tamas, who had already been booked for a foul on Bunn, committed another illegal challenge on the same player and could have no complaints about his red card fate.
But the rollercoaster nature of the match was summed up in the 68th minute when, after Smithies had produced a fine save to tip an Abdi free-kick behind, the Town keeper was helpless when the resulting corner was headed in by substitute Andrews.
Huddersfield tried their best to equalize for a third time but they were caught on the counter deep into injury-time as Tozser worked the ball to Abdi, who cut back on his right foot before curling home a superb fourth.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Wilkinson & Lightbourne are Coaches of the Year
Tristan Daniels - X'Road's
The Bermuda Football Association’s 2013-2014 Prize Presentation which was held at the Devonshire Recreation Club.
Damon Ming from the Dandy Town Hornets was named the Premier Division’s MVP, while Jesse Kirkland from Robin Hood won the First Division MVP Award.
Kyle Lightbourne from Robin Hood was named the First Division Coach of the Year, while Jomar Wilkinson from the Dandy Town Hornets won the Premier Division Coach of the Year Award.
The Bermuda Football Association’s First Vice President and Chairman of Leagues and Competition Calvin Blankendal, announced the start of the 2014/15 Season with the Charity Cup match featuring the Dandy Town Hornets and the Somerset Trojans.
The match is scheduled to take place on Sunday August 31st at the BAA Field with a kick off at 7pm.
The following day September 1st the Dudley Eve competition will kick off at the Bernard Park, the North Village Rams will face Hamilton Parish at 3pm and then at 5pm the Flanagan’s Onion’s will tackle the Devonshire Cougars.
Blankendal also released the Bermuda Football Association’s 2014/2015 Football Schedule that also includes the Premier, First, Premier Development League and Masters Divisions.
The Bermuda Football Association announced the Finalist for their Awards Presentation which will take place on Friday, August 29th at the Devonshire Recreation Club.
On the final day of the 2012/13 Premier Division Season the Dandy Town Hornets made no mistake in insuring that the Premier Division title was heading to St. John’s Road with a 7 – 2 come from behind win over the defending champions Devonshire Cougars.
Damon Ming – Dandy Town Hornets Jason Davis – North Village Rams Keston Lewis – Flanagan’s Onion’s Sean Brangman – Somerset Trojans Christopher Caisey – Devonshire Cougars Shane Hollis – Hamilton Parish Jahnai Raynor – PHC Zebras
Jah-Quille Stowe - Dandy Town Hornets Tyrell Burgess – North Village Rams Greg Muir - Flanagan's Onion's Trevin Ming – Somerset Trojans Darius Cox – Devonshire Cougars Calvin Hensey – Hamilton Parish Robert Richardson – PHC Zebras McQuinn Burch – Southampton Rangers
Terrance Webb Jr. – Dandy Town Hornets Jaquan Smith-Deshields – North Village Rams Jake Fox - Flanagan's Onion's Leo Burgess – Somerset Trojans Alonzo Parsons - Devonshire Cougars Donovan Thompson – Hamilton Parish Rakeem Deshields – PHC Zebras Jahkai Dyer - Southampton Rangers
Treadwell Gibbons – Dandy Town Hornets Troy Hall Jr. – North Village Rams Stephen Gould – Flanagan’s Onion’s Shaquille Bean – Somerset Trojans Daniel Johnson – Devonshire Cougars Nigel Burgess – Hamilton Parish
COACH OF THE YEAR Jomar Wilkinson – Dandy Town Hornets Mick Ward – Flanagan’s Onion’s Danvers Seymour Jr. – Somerset Trojans
Jessie Kirkland – Robin Hood Jelani Carlington – St. George’s Colts Enrique Wilkin – Devonshire Colts Tristan Daniels - X'Road's Kanhai Fray – Somerset Eagles Calon Minors - BAA Dunn-Ya Taylor – Boulevard Blazers Taj-Rae Outerbridge – Ireland Rangers Reid Trott – Young Men Social Club Jamie Raynor – Paget Lions
DEFENSIVE PLAYER Alex Martin – Robin Hood Philip Anderson Jr. – St. George’s Colts Vernal Lambe – Devonshire Colts Kijuan Wilkinson – X’Road’s Lorenzo Burch – Somerset Eagles Ashton Bell - BAA Terrence Stovell – Boulevard Blazers Regeno Gomes – Ireland Rangers Michael Smith – Young Men Social Club Jahniya Richardson – Paget Lions
Liam Evans – Robin Hood Charles Marshall III – St. George’s Colts Eli Smith – Devonshire Colts Tristan Daniels – X’Road’s Marcus Simmons – Somerset Eagles Calon Minors - BAA Niko Smith – Boulevard Blazers Tahj Wade – Ireland Rangers Dant’e Wellman – Paget Lions
Jason Simons – Robin Hood Charles Marshall III – St. George’s Colts Greg Rose – Devonshire Colts Tarik Smith – X’Road’s Karl Brown – Somerset Eagles Phillip Couto - BAA Deshaun Chin – Ireland Rangers Reid Trott – Young Men Social Club Ajani Albouy-Lovell – Paget Lions
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kyle Lightbourne – Robin Hood Kameron Fox – St. George’s Colts Gerald Bean – Devonshire Colts Roger Lee – Somerset Eagles Aaron Williams – Boulevard Blazers Shawn Knights – Ireland Rangers Don S. Vickers – Paget Lions
Monday, August 25, 2014
Hall & Chester Go Down
Freddy Hall and his Chester FC teammates endured another tough outing at home to league leaders Halifax Town. The visitors took the lead through Richard Peniket in the first half before goals from Scot Boden and Matty Pearson sealed a comfortable victory for the Shaymen.
Steve Burr made just one change from the side that started the game against Braintree Town a week ago, with Michael Kay taking over the right back position and John Disney not even on the bench. It also meant that Kingsley James and John Rooney had been deemed fit to play after injury knocks picked up against Braintree.
The visitors nearly got off to the perfect start as Chester's defense was slow to react to a cross and Richard Peniket fired an effort over the bar from 12 yards out.
Moments later and Halifax got in again after Chester failed to deal with another ball into the box and Paul Marshall forced Hall into making a good save.
Chester were able to get themselves back in the game and John Rooney fired wide from 35 yards before Sean McConville's cross was just too far ahead of Iwelumo.
The impressive Jamie Jackson forced Hall into action again though, firing low from the edge of the area and the Bermuda International got down well to make the save.
After a quiet period in the middle of the first half the visitors took the lead. Chester again failed to clear a low cross into the area and the ball broke to Richard Peniket who turned home past Hall from eight yards out.
Peter Winn nearly got Chester level at the end of the first half as Peter Winn's effort was deflected just wide, from the resulting corner John Rooney fired an effort just over the bar.
Halifax Town nearly doubled their lead a minute later as Boden once again got through the Chester defense but this time Matty Brown got back and made a super challenge to put it out for a corner.
Chester were forced into a change early into the second half as Craig Mahon went off injured, leaving him in doubt for Monday's match against Kidderminster.
Just after the hour Chester had their best chance of the afternoon as Sean McConville got some space in the penalty area and fired just wide.
Halifax finally did double their lead in the 70th minute as Scot Boden managed to get some separation between himself and Matty Brown and flicked a perfectly placed header into the top corner pass Hall.
Substitute Ross Dyer nearly added a third as he flicked a corner just wide of the far post.
Halifax Town did eventually add a third as Matty Pearson raced through on goal as Michael Kay appeared to give up on the chase and Pearson slotted the ball under Hall with the goal at his mercy to complete a fairly comfortable victory for the league leaders.