Rai Simons scores a hat-trick as Village thrash X-Roads – The Royal Gazette

Creation: 07 Feb. 2022 07:59

Clinical display: North Village forward Rai Simons scored a hat-trick against X-Roads at Garrison Field yesterday. (File photo by Lawrence Trott)

X Warriors Routes 0 North Village 8

Rai Simons continued his good form of late to inspire North Village to an emphatic victory over X-Roads Warriors in a lopsided Premier Division contest at Garrison Field yesterday.

The mighty Village striker netted a stunning hat-trick to lead the charge in a game the visitors dominated throughout with attractive possessive football.

Pierre Smith added a brace while fellow forwards Tahmi Williams and Demetre Daniels and left-back Kyler Knights also got in on the scoring act to complete the rout.

Midfield ace Justin Bell also made a solid change as he had three assists, won a penalty and went excruciatingly close with a fierce drive that shook the woodwork.

Village goalies Detre Bell and Omari DeShields were also up to the task as they faced the few threats that came their way to complete the road shutout victory.

“Although the result was put to bed quite early, we played some really good football which was great to watch,” said Kenny Thompson, the village coach. The Royal Gazette. “The ball speed was good, we kept the ball very well and the main thing was to try and break the ice as soon as possible.”

The visitors made the first breakthrough when Smith converted Justin Bell’s short pass inside the penalty area.

Bell was in the thick of it again soon after when he was dragged into the area squirming towards goal to earn a penalty for Village. Williams made no mistakes on 12 yards to double his team’s advantage.

Simons then put the play out of reach for X-Roads when he attacked Bell’s pass into the area.

The floodgates opened afterwards when Daniels picked up Bell’s short pass from the left side of the box and scored from close range.

Simons then grabbed his second and Village’s fifth after spinning his marker in the box and drilling a low shot that clipped the far post on the way to the back of the net.

Smith scored his second goal after being spotted by midfielder Vernon Perinchief’s pass to give Village a 6-0 lead at the break.

The visitors created plenty of chances after the restart but only managed to add two more goals to their tally.

Simons completed his beautiful hat-trick when he controlled Smith’s pass and curled a 25-yard shot with the inside of his right boot that caught X-Roads Q’Shai Darrell goalkeeper slightly off his line.

The Knights full-back then completed the scoring after hanging on to substitute Ian Simmons’ pass and getting past Darrell.

Jaman Lottimore, the X-Roads striker, came closest to scoring for the hosts with a second-half free kick that hit the crossbar before being cleared away by a well-organised Village defence.


North Village: Simons 16, 22, 61; Blacksmith 4, 39; Williams 10 (pen), Daniels 18, Knights 85


X-Roads (4-2-3-1): Q Darrell 5 – K Hill-Tuzo 5 (under: R Hare, 34), N Richardson 5, J Furbert 5, D Scott-Woolridge 5 – A Daniels 5 (under: R Beck 80), M Thomas 5 (under: D Simons 46 5) – J Costa 5, J Morgan 5 (sub: D Thompson 46 7), J Lottimore 7 – M Johnson 7 (sub: A Wilson 68 6). Subs not used: J Minks, Z McCarter. Reserved: Hill-Tuzo, Costa.

North Village (4-1-4-1): D Bell 8 (under: O DeShields 68 8) – J Harvey 7, T Fray 7, Q Lema 7, K Knights 8 – V Perinchief 7 (under: S Somner 73) – T Williams 8 (under: I Simmons 73) , J Bell 8 (sub: J Smith-DeShields 68 7), D Daniels 8, P Smith 8 (sub: K Carrington 68 7) – R Simmons 8.

Arbitrator: A Frenchman.

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