Jul 12, 2013 Sports
New Amsterdam Multilateral (NAMS) sounded an ominous warning to rivals after playing their best brand of football so far to upstage giant killers Orealla Secondary 4-0 and advance to the final of the Region 6 leg of the 2013 Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Championship which continued yesterday with semi-final action, at the All Saints ground.
Playing against opponents who have proven to be upset minded, NAMS made sure that there were no more surprises as they poured in four goals against a team that had created waves in the competition.
The game began on an even kneel as both teams started cautiously in front of a fair-sized crowd that had quite a few supporters from the visitors camp.
However, NAMS looked more purposeful and utilised their speed and skill, managing to string together some passes against the more stocky and robust Orealla lads.
It was one such run down that Travette Grimmond in the 45th minute managed to latch on to a pass to send the ball into the back of the net to break the nil-all deadlock. It was soon 2-0 in the 4th minute of extra time (49th minute) as Shakeel Grant collected a pass from the right side to hammer home a one-time shot to send his team to the half time break enjoying a handy 2-0 lead.
After the interval, both teams came out fighting and the game took a see saw pattern for some time, but it was NAMS who stretched their after Grant headed home a beauty from a right cross in the 54th minute for his second goal.
The speedy and persistent Jamal Butts, who was a thorn in the Orealla defence, then crowned things off as he weaved his way through a host of defenders to slam home from close range in the 90th minute.
However, before that goal Orealla had an excellent opportunity to reduce the deficit, but they failed to convert a penalty.
The visiting Orealla team, which played all of their previous games at Skeldon, some 60 miles from home, travelled more than 100, miles to participate in the game. They owed much to their keeper Cleon Henry who did a splendid job between the uprights.
NAM S keeper Leon Loo was also outstanding in goal.
Both teams missed a penalty each in the second half.
The competition continues today with two top teams set to square off.
Favourites Berbice High School (BHS) goes up against New Amsterdam Technical Institute in what is expected to be a ding dong affair, at the Skeldon ground.
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