West Demerara Sec. eliminate LTI on penalty kicks
New Silver City, St. Cuthbert’s, GETC, GITC also win
The West Demerara Secondary School ground has now become synonymous with exciting matches and yesterday’s clash between the hosts and Leonora Technical Institute (LTI) provided another brilliant example.
This year’s Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition have already proved to be entertaining with some enthralling matches and fans over on the West Demerara had a double dose over two days and yesterday’s encounter had to be decided on penalty kicks with the hosts winning 5-4 after regulation time ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
West Demerara took the lead through a thunderous free kick taken by Akeem Hector, who beat goalkeeper, Travin July to his left. That goal came in the 18th minute of play.
They should have stretched their advantage shortly after, but the powerful header from a corner delivered by Oswin Boyce produced a fine save from July, jumping high in the air to make the stop two-handed.
The half came with no addition to the scoreline and West Demerara holding a slim 1-0 lead.
In the second period, LTI attacked with menace, but competent defending nullified their offensive forays until a scrimmage inside the box found Andre Anthony unmarked and he slotted home from close range in the 56th minute.
Bouyed by their success, LTI looked even more menacing pushing forward and should have gained the lead, but a spectacular save from West Demerara’s goalkeeper Winston Manjet, who turned a cracking shot into touch for a corner.
A constant bother on the West Demerara defensive line finally paid dividend when Bruce Anthony was given a perfectly weighed pass down the middle and he sprinted past two markers, before rounding Manjet and nonchalantly tucked the ball into the back of the net.
That goal was scored in the 67th minute and that silenced the large and partisan crowd for some time.
However, with time running out, West Demerara won a free kick just outside the 25 yard-box and none other than star player Omari Haynes stepped up to take it and his effort was so powerfully struck that keeper July could not hold on to it and his fumble allowed a lurking Selwyn Sinclair to pounce and squeeze the ball past him on the near post. That brought massive celebrations from teachers, students and supporters within the community.
It happened in the 71st minute of play and the scores remained that way until the final whistle, sending the game into penalty kicks.
The first four kicks for either side were successful until, West Demerara scored on the fifth and LTI’s final kicker sprayed his attempt wide of the far post to cause wild celebrations among the hosts fans.
In other results: Guyana Education Trust College (GETC) beat St. Joseph’s High 4-1 with Joshua Williams netting in the 74th and 80th minutes and Joshua Britton adding two more in the 50thand 70th minutes.
Kristoff Sauns 34th minute strike was the lone response for St. Joseph High.
GITC then beat Kingston 4-3 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 1-1.
Keuleviu Joseph netted in the 39th minute for GITC, while Simon Emanuel had given Kingston the lead in the 26th minute.
St. Cuthbert’s defeated Supply Secondary 12 -0.
Ronnie Simon led all scorers with five goals coming in the 32nd, 33rd, 40th, 44th and 50th minutes, while Shaquell Dundas added four goals in the 2nd, 21st, 26th and 59th minutes.
Ratin Dundas added two goals in the 49th and 70th minutes and Odel Schuman 14th.
New Silver City beat Wisburg 4-0.