Ann’s Grove visit BV and beat them
- Charity win Region 2 crown
By Rawle Welch
Visitors Ann’s Grove led by goals off the boots of Steve Francis (37th), Paul Collins (45th) and Levin Thomas (84th) defeated hosts Beterverwagting (BV) 3-2 when play in this year’s Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition continued, at the BV Community Centre ground yesterday.
Scoring for the hosts was Paul Kingston, who netted in the 62nd and 68th minutes of play.
In what could best be described as a game of high quality, both teams displayed admirable competence in the mid-field and created many chances for their strikers, but BV was the main culprit as they squandered most of theirs in the opening half.
They paid a dear price for their miserable finishing and fell behind in the 37th minute when Francis took full advantage of a fumble by the goalkeeper off a cross from the left flank and easily tucked the ball into the back of the net.
Collins on the stroke of the half time whistle sent a cracking shot past a transfixed BV goalkeeper to take them to a 2-0 lead at the break.
On the resumption, urged on by the fair-sized crowd, BV went on a relentless assault in search of a goal and got their reward when a long ball from the back was sent to the player on the left wing and he then sent a cross into the Ann’s Grove penalty area where the goalkeeper committed the same mistake of counterpart, bungling the cross which left Kingston, who had sprinted into the box and he nonchalantly booted in the ball. That goal came in the 62nd minute.
Six minutes later, another ball from the left side initiated an ill-advised advancement from the goalkeeper, who failed to intercept in time and the first time cross saw the lanky Kingston reach it before the defender and steer it into the goal off the near post.
However, not daunted by the two lapses, Ann’s Grove always looked menacing in attack and got the winner through a magnificent piece of dribbling skills displayed by Thomas, who collected the ball from in his half and waved past a horde of defenders, before hammering a fierce pile-driver past the goalkeeper.
That was the sealer and it handed them victory and a place in the next round.
Meanwhile, Charity Secondary School is the Region #2 champions after they retained their title with a win over rival New Opportunity Corps (NOC), at the Walton Hall Ground.
Charity opened their account in the 6th min with a runaway goal from the half-line by Carlos Henry and stretched their advantage with another goal five minutes later.
NOC counterattacked and opened their account in the 16th min with Dave Williams scoring and he was once again in the fray when he netted four minutes later.
They then took the lead with another goal in the 27th minute, before Charity responded once again through Henry that leveled the scores at 3-3.
In the second half which was a bit slippery due to a heavy downpour, NOC looked the more menacing, but failed to capitalize on their chances and paid the price when Devin Correia sealed the deal in the 81st minute through a free kick.
At Carifesta Avenue, Ascension who had protested their loss to Freeburg on Saturday won the appeal, but lost in their encounter against Campbellville by a 3-0 margin.
On target for the winners were Kareem Knights, who scored a double in the 68th and 86th minutes, while Daniel Ross had opened their account with a goal of his own in the 62nd minute.
The competition continues today.