Dec 28, 2012 Sports
Action continues tomorrow at Buxton after switching from GFC today
The score was nil all with the game perched to proceed into extra time when Buxton United player, Michael Phyll pulled the proverbial ‘rabbit out of the hat’ with a powerful right foot shot from mid field that miraculously sped past Western Tiger’s custodian, Derrick Carter, and handed the Buxtonians a deserving 1-0 victory when those two teams clashed in
their quarterfinal encounter in the 23rd edition of the K&S football extravaganza at the Buxton Community Center Ground, Wednesday evening last.
The Buxtonians came out in their numbers to cheer their team on but the ‘Tigers,’ with a galaxy of stars in their lineup, the likes of Devon Millington, Shawn ‘Bubbly’ Beveney and guest player, the ever dependable Walter Moore among others, looked firmly in control from the onset when they started at a terrific pace. The ‘Tigers’ all distribution tactics was highly commendable as they weaved their way to the opposition’s goal. The Buxtonians were up to the task and their defenders proved their worth, averting any dangers.
It was also clear that Millington was not at his best and his timings were off after he made several enterprising runs but could not polish off. In the meantime Beveney acted as point man, invading the oppositions’ ‘quarters’ with impunity, albeit unsuccessfully.
The Buxtonians demonstrated grit and determination and were certainly not impressed by their opponent’s star studded lineup. Their determination also came to the fore when the likes of Denzil Phillips, Les Charles Critchlow and Dwayne Jacobs combined to wade into the ‘Tigers’ area. However, the latter team defended with gusto. The nil all scenario at the half was indicative of the competitiveness of the game.
Millington’s woes continued into the second session when he received a yellow card after an especially dangerous tackle. He desperately battled to find his rhythm but the oppositions’ defenders kept him in check. Beveney and Dwayne Rowley worked feverishly to take up the slack but they never bargained for the staunch display of determination of the Buxton United players. As the game wound down the players battled ferociously for the edge and in his attempts, Jerome Richardson incurred the wrath of the referee who promptly issued a yellow card after a dangerous tackle.
With the game heading to extra time Buxton United’s custodian, Jason Cromwell, averted sure disaster when he pushed a ‘stinger’ out of the goal. With the time ticking away, the battle became more intense with neither of the sides, though battling intensely, being able to break the deadlock. Regulation time was exhausted and the referees ruled on extra time. Phyll will forever remember those 180 seconds for it was then that he performed his magical act.
Earlier, Amelia’s Ward and Den Amstel also played to a nil all stalemate at the end of regulation and extra time necessitating a penalty shootout. Even then, the battle continued and eventually progressed into a sudden death scenario. Just when it seemed as though neither side wanted to concede defeat, the Amelia Ward’s custodian plunged to his left and punched out a crucial attempt by the opposition. The fans and players started the victory celebrations long before the ball touched the ground.
Meanwhile, activities progress into the semi-finals stages and the action promises to be just as sizzling. The organizers were forced to shift these games from the Georgetown
Football Club (GFC) Ground to the Buxton Community Center Ground. Further, the games would be held on Saturday December 29, 2012 (tomorrow). In the first encounter, Pele will face Amelia’s Ward United of Linden while the feature attraction brings together Buxton United and Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United.
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