Mar 28, 2013 Sports
When Camptown FC faced Grove FC last week Wednesday in the Mayor’s Cup football tournament, the former team was placed under tremendous pressure and was headed for a 1 nil defeat as the game neared culmination.
Telson McLennon then netted the equalizer moments before the end of regulation time and Devon Forde sealed the deal with a magical strike during the early exchanges of extra time handing Camptown a 2-1 victory.
Camptown returned to play Slingertz FC Tuesday evening last in a semi final encounter and despite the presence of their two heroes and other competent players, were unable to replicate the feat and were booted out of the competition 4-0, by a rampaging Slingertz squad.
Dwayne Jacobs continued his good showing when he netted the first two goals for the winners in the 44th and 63rd minute with support from Deon Alfred and Quasey McAulay in the 78th and 89th minute respectively.
Several players were given marching orders after especially aggressive defensive tactics in a game that at times descended into physical warfare. The game was very competitive but Slingertz, clearly the fitter, more composed unit, was getting the better of the exchanges compliments of clever and accurate passes.
The situation, however, reached an ugly climax as the game wound down and after an especially ferocious exchange near the Camptown goal mouth, the Referee decided to eject Camptown’s Lennox Charles for extremely dangerous play.
The player did not take the sanction gracefully and hurled several threats at the Referee. Several officials ran to the aid of their colleague thus averting a nasty conclusion whereupon the erring player was upbraided by the Manager of the Camptown FC.
When told to apologize, he bluntly refused. Reports are that he will face internal sanctions from the Camptown Executive Committee.
Otherwise, despite the game being competitive it was clear from the inception that the night belonged to Slingertz. The two teams spent the greater part of the first session grappling for possession and searching for openings.
Dwayne Jacobs served as the lynchpin of the Slingertz team and effected several raids which were thwarted by the opposition. Undaunted, Jacobs tried again and sprinted down the left flank only to be inappropriately checked by Jermaine Blue who received a yellow card for his indiscretion.
Jacobs used up all of 5 minutes to recuperate and when he re-entered the fray and continued to apply the pressure. His efforts bore fruit when he collected a dolly of an offering from one of his team mates and drove flatly along the ground and past Camptown’s custodian just before the halftime whistle.
Camptown came out fighting at the beginning of the second half but the opposition also upped the ante and the game developed into one of wits. T. Joseph almost leveled the score for Camptown with a fierce strike that passed agonizingly close to the opposition’s berth.
In the meantime Jacob continued to ply his trade but despite courageous efforts, failed to replicate his earlier feat. His perseverance was finally rewarded after he outmaneuvered Camptown’s defense and struck from a near impossible angle to widen the advantage.
The third goal came off a scooped kick from Deon Alfred while the fourth occurred after a wonderful combination of passes, the last to Quasey McAulay who swiveled and shot with such force that the ball eluded Camptown custodian’s grasp. It was around here that the fight started before the shrill sound of the whistle ended Camptown’s misery.
Meanwhile, Alpha United continued to establish its dominance as the best unit locally with a resounding 9-0 victory over GFC. Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams netted a helmet trick in the 3rd, 32nd, 39th and 76th minute while Manessah Primo contributed a brace one minute apart in the 83rd and 84th minute.
Dwight Peters scored in the 17th minute while the winners benefited from a goal by default from Gregory Denny in the 67th minute.
Activities continue tonight at the same venue when two other quarter final matches will be contested. Santos will tackle Seawall at 18:30hrs while Fruta Conquerors will play the GDF in the feature match.
The winner of the competition receives one million dollars while the runners’ up cart off half that amount. The third and fourth place finishers win $300,000 and $200,000 respectively.
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