The newly formed under-21 male hockey team chalked up its first ever victory as a team when they trounced the Airbenders 4-0 on Monday afternoon, at the GCC ground.
Midfielder Leon Bacchus was the primary marksman for the under-21, scoring the first two goals of the match in the 9th and 19th minutes.
After a swift counterattack down the left wing, the ball was swung to unmarked striker Mortimer Stewart in the circle who easily laid the ball in the path of Bacchus for the strike. Bacchus’ second goal also came from the left as he produced a brilliant solo effort along the baseline, before cutting across the goalmouth to slip his shot past goalkeeper Jonelle Webster’s outstretched legs.
Despite the two-goal deficit, the Airbenders still seemed in contention and enjoyed more possession than the score suggested, but their inability to transfer deep build-ups in the attacking third made them vulnerable to the counterattack of the swift under-21 boys. Stewart added a goal to his earlier assist when he latched onto a through pass to blast home his shot ten minutes into the second half. Already with a comfortable 3-goal lead in the closing minutes, team leader Shaquille Assanah added his name to the score sheet with a powerful penalty corner strike to take the final score to 4-0 in favour of the under-21s.
The tournament is scheduled to continue with matches on the Banks Ground, Thirst Park as the under-21 take on the Allstars at 14:30hrs and Old Fort meet the Airbenders at 16:00hrs.
Action also continues in the Farfan & Mendes First Division League with GCC playing Hikers this Friday from 16:30hrs at Bourda.
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