By Rawle Welch
Just as was predicted, the two semi-finals in the Digicel-sponsored Nationwide Schools Football Competition lived up to all expectations with the four teams producing a riveting spectacle for spectators yesterday, at the GCC ground, Bourda.
In the opening encounter that featured Christianburg / Wismar and the much loved Waramadong unit from Region 7, the lads from the mining town duly confirmed their sobriquet as the ‘giant killers’ for teams coming from the rural communities after they came from behind to win 3-2 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended in a 3-3 stalemate.
The second semi-final that involved GTI and Berbice’s New Amsterdam Technical Institute, the latter’s fairy tale run came to a screeching halt after they lost 3-2 which set up a mouth watering final between Christianburg / Wismar and GTI tomorrow, at the same venue, starting from 16:00 hrs.
The first game which was always touted as the headliner produced a classic that the scouts within the venue must have been thrilled with as both teams showed enough skills to convince all that if it is properly harnessed then Guyana’s football has a bright future.
Christianburg / Wismar were the first to enter the scoresheet when the fleet-footed Clarence Huggins, who has shown repeatedly sublime skills dribbled past one defender deep in the opposition goal area, before hammering a shot past goalkeeper Gerald Isaacs.
That goal came in the 12th minute of play and it completely silenced the large support group that has followed the Waramadong team since their arrival in Georgetown.
However, Christianburg / Wismar which has missed a bunch of chances to stretch their advantage was made to rue those misses when the effervescent Tyson McNaughton, perhaps, the most valuable player in the team gained the equaliser in the 31st minute when he finished the good work started by Derwin Percy, who dribbled a host of defenders, before delivering a pass to McNaughton and he cleverly hooked it past goalkeeper Yannick Simmons in goal.
They then took the lead for the first time through a curling free kick from Seon Ambrose that sailed past a transfixed Simmons nine minutes later.
That lead was stretched even further two minutes later much to the delight of the Waramadong fans when Alwin Francis found himself all alone inside the penalty area and he nonchalantly fired a shot past Simmons.
That made it 3-1 at the half and Christianburg / Wismar in disarray.
However, the hope was still there since they looked technically the better team, but selfish play had cost them up to that point.
Coming into the second period, Christianburg / Wismar attacked with vigour, mounting numerous raids on the composed Waramadong defence, but once again poor finishing was the order of the day.
A near defensive error that sailed just wide of the right upright and a powerful shot that ricocheted off the crossbar were instances that seemed to condemn the mining town team, but they some how stayed positive.
They eventually got their reward through a Huggins header that rocked into the back of the nets in the 80th minute.
Just as it looked like time was not on their side, the imposing defender Omeion Wills came from the back looking for a goal and received a long pass that bounced favourably for him and he trapped it neatly. Before hitting a well placed shot past Isaacs to send the game into penalty kicks.
Waramadong it would seem had not prepared for such an occurrence and when their first kicker’s shot sailed high over the bar it became evident.
Christianburg / Wismar also had a few errant attempts, but somehow survived and made it to the final.
In the second game, GTI were made to fight for their win against a determined NATI, but technically superiority prevailed in this encounter. Captain Eon Alleyne netted twice in the 25th and 56th minutes, while Jermine Junor, who it was reported has now scored 21 goals in the competition scored the other in the 76th.
The prolific Devon James netted a brace in the 73rd and 79th minutes, but his efforts came a bit too late. They will now face Waramadong for the third place in the first game tomorrow.
Mar 30, 2020A fine all-round performance from Marlon Dindyal guided G Square Cavaliers to a six-wicket victory over Good Success/Sans Souci/Jaguars combined when the Wakenaam Cricket Committee U19 40-over...
Mar 30, 2020
Mar 29, 2020
Mar 29, 2020
Mar 28, 2020
Mar 28, 2020
I will suggest to persons reading about Guyana’s future and the current election depravities to digest the AFC column... more
By Sir Ronald Sanders On 20 March 2020, a reckless and irresponsible General Assembly (GA) was held by the Organization... more
Editor’s Note, If your sent letter was not published and you felt its contents were valid and devoid of libel or personal attacks, please contact us by phone or email.
Feel free to send us your comments and/or criticisms.
Contact: 624-6456; 225-8452; 225-8458; 225-8463; 225-8465; 225-8473 or 225-8491.
Or by Email: [email protected] / [email protected]