Debutant LTI win ‘Screw’ Richmond Schools Football title
-Mackenzie High defeat New Silvercity for third place
Debutant Linden Technical Institute (LTI) led by a brace from the
tournament’s Highest Goalscorer Colwin David, who netted in the 23rd and 43rd minutes defeated four-time finalist Christianburg / Wismar 2-1 to capture this year’s Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond Memorial Schools Football Competition which ended last Thursday, at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.
Kwesi Quintin made the lone response for Christianburg / Wismar in the 85h minute.
After a delayed start which was caused by obstacles left on the ground from an event hosted the previous evening, the two teams seized up each other early with no clear chance created, but more of a mid-field battle ensued.
However, LTI looked the more constructive, especially with David orchestrating all the plays in the centre of the field and it was a clinical pass that provided the opportunity for them to take the lead.
It came from a foul that was committed which resulted in a free kick being awarded just outside the penalty area and David strode up to take the shot, a powerfully struck one which ricocheted off the goalkeeper’s partial save and into the path of the tournament’s most potent striker who gleefully accepted the gift, before hammering another fierce effort past the defence and goalkeeper.
LTI had another chance to stretch their advantage, but the shot hit the left upright and rebounded harmlessly back into play.
Shortly after, Christianburg / Wismar came close to leveling the contest, but the powerful header was spectacularly saved by the LTI custodian falling to his left.
However, two minutes before the break, David got onto the end of a give and go between himself and a teammate, before unleashing his trademark power that saw the ball fly swiftly past a transfixed Christianburg / Wismar keeper.
LTI went to the half enjoying a 2-0 lead and most of all a good enough cushion with enough confidence to take them over the line.
The resumption saw a more spirited challenge from Christianburg / Wismar side, but solid defending kept LTI in the ascendancy.
However, a lapse in concentration by LTI allowed Christianburg / Wismar some respite and almost kept them in the game when Quintin outran his markers following a long pass from the back, before beating the retreating goalkeeper with a well placed shot into the far corner.
In the third place playoff, Alando Lewis’ 1st minute strike gave Mackenzie High some consolation after they defeated the New Silvercity 1-0.
The presentation ceremony followed shortly after and a number of players were rewarded for their outstanding performances during the course of the competition.
Those awarded were:
Kwesi Quintin (CWSS) – Most Valuable Player
Colwyn David (LTI) – Best Forward (finals) & Most Tournament Goals (16 Total)
Trenton Lashley (LTI) – Best Midfielder (finals)
Andrew Breedy (LTI) – Best Defender (finals)
Keon Boston (LTI) – Best Goalkeeper (finals)
Dwaylon Farrell (NSSS) – Best Coach (tournament)
Among the sponsors was Guyana Youth Development Association (GUYDA) out of the United States, Edward Richmond Memorial Foundation, Comfort Zone Taxi Service, James ‘Gads’ Dennis of Canada and Compton London of the United States.
The Foundation extended thanks to all its supporters and well wishers for their continued support of youth football.
The aim now according to a release is to undertake tournaments involving the primary school boys and girls of grades 5 and 6, and the females of the secondary schools in Linden in the very near future.