By Rawle Welch
Clearly the hungrier of the two teams, Charity Secondary School silenced the vociferous New Opportunity Corp fans with an inspired performance to claim the title of champions after inflicting a comfortable 3-0 win in the final of the Region 2 segment of the Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Tournament which continued, at the New Opportunity Corp Ground in Essequibo yesterday. The visitors unmistakably the more aggressive of the two teams marched into the quarter-finals in confident fashion.
They took the lead on the stroke of halftime through Carlos Henry, who disposed one of the opposition defenders, before outrunning his markers and lashing a powerful strike past the advancing Jermaine McLeod stationed between the uprights.
That goal came shortly after captain Fazal Williams had missed a penalty which was awarded when teammate Troy Fraser was brought down in the penalty area from a wild tackle by Andrew Newton. They, however, enjoyed a1-0 lead at the break.
Two minutes after the resumption, they gleefully accepted the chance to stretch their advantage when Sevorn David playing on the right flank evaded two defenders, before hammering a fierce shot past a transfixed McLeod in goal to make it a 2-0 lead.
By this time, the hosts looked a beaten force and were punished for not working hard enough when a squared pass across the goalmouth eluded a horde of defenders and the goalkeeper to land at the feet of David lurking on the back post and he happily received the gift and punched the ball into the back of the nets.
New Opportunity Corp tried desperately to fight back, but their energy seemed to coma a bit too late as the Charity unit defended stubbornly to nullify all the imminent threats.
Meanwhile, Digicel’s Corporate Sales Executive Trevor Williams, who distributed the prizes to the winners and runner-up, urged the fans to give a round of applause to the two teams that entertained them, before wishing the winning team all the best for their future engagements in the competition.
Co-ordinator of Region 2 Lawrence Kellman in his remarks joined with Digicel in congratulating the two teams for a good game and cautioned the winning team not to go back and rest on their laurels since the further they progress into the competition the tougher the opponent will be.
“I want to call on you here today to go back to your school and put in the same level of dedication and commitment to training because I am hoping that you go on to represent the Region and win the competition,” Kellman urged.
Charity moves on to play the winner of the playoff between Regions 5 or 7.
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