Mar 22, 2013 Sports
Tournament favourites Tucville will not have the opportunity to challenge for the title after they were booted out of contention by South Ruimveldt, who defeated them 4-2 on penalty kicks in their semi-final matchup on Wednesday, at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.
Playing in the Milo/ Petra Organisation Under-20 Schools Football Competition, the heavily favoured Tucville unit succumbed to the eventual finalist after regulation and extra time failed to separate the two teams deadlocked at 4-4 in a pulsating contest that had the respective supporters on their feet.
The opening game produced a similar scenario with favourites Carmel joining Tucville in the playoff for third place after they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a resilient St. George’s unit, who once again proved that they are the most difficult team to beat in the tournament.
Moses Gritten opened the account for Carmel as early as the 11th minute when he took full advantage of a poor clearance from a crooss from the left flank that bounced right in front of him and he lashed the ball into the back of the net.
That strike brought loud cheers and celebrations from the Carmel band of supporters and even though St. George’s came close on at least two occasions to find the equaliser including a penalty kick which was fired high over the crossbar, the half came with no addition to the scoreline.
On the resumption, the St. George’s side raised the tempo and created some good chances to gain the equaliser, but stout defending supported by alert goalkeeping erased their opportunities.
They, however, was able to level the proceedings through Azuma Small, who pounced on a silly back pass to the keeper, who instead of hitting the ball out of the danger zone attempted to dribble the oncoming player, but only succeeded in being dispossesed causing the centre forward to gain control of the ball and stab it into an empty goal. That made it 1-1 in the 56th minute of play.
With both teams searching for the ascendancy and the fans were treated to a fine exhibition of skills as the mid-fielders produced an enchanting display.
All this time though, the prolific Marlon Nedd was effectively marked out of the game through an intelligent strategy directed by the St. George’s Coach.
It emphatically read if St. George’s were to be beaten it would not be through the goal scoring porwess of Nedd, who was a non factor for the duration of the game.
Jameel Wilson became the hero for St. George’s when he netted in the 70th minute and thereafter dogged defending and the occasional sweeping counter attacks kept Carmel at bay until the final whistle sounded.
It was another trademark result for St. George’s who has shown that the end result is what matters and is not bothered by how victory is achieved.
The feature clash was definitely a crowd pleasing slugfest that fans must have enjoyed.
Tucville started out in attacking mode and Kevin Andrews gave them the lead in the 6th minute, before Martin Adams responded 14 minutes later to level things.
The red hot Dorwin Filter regained the lead for Tucville in the 44th minute and they held that advantage until the half time whistle sounded.
The final period was entertaining at best as the two teams seemed to stand toe to toe with attacks and counter attacks the order of the day, before Steffon Enoch levelled the contest in the 56th minute of play.
They took the lead for the first time in the game through Levi Canterbury in the 63rd, but that was followed by a leveller from Ryan Blackman 10 minutes later for a 3-3 deadlock.
Filter added his second in the 84th, before Keith Caines brought it back on par two minutes later which reamined that way until the final whistle came to extend the drama into extra time which too failed to declare a winner until penalty kicks did so.
The final and third place playoffs is set for tomorrow, at the same venue, starting from 16:00 hrs.
In the day’s full results:
St George’s High School 2 v/s Carmel Secondary School 1
St George’s High School
Asumah Small 56th min
Jameel Wilson 70th min
Moses Gritten 11th min
South Ruimveldt Secondary 4 v/s Tucville Secondary School 4
South Ruimveldt on 4-2 on penalty kicks.
South Ruimveldt Secondary
Martin Adams 20th min
Steffon Enoch 56th min
Levi Canterbury 63rd min
Keith Caines 86th min
Tucville Secondary School
Kevin Andrews 6th min
Dorwin Filter 44th & 84th min
Ryan Blackman 73rd min
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