Jul 22, 2013 Sports
Before a large crowd that rivaled that of an international football match, Waramadong Secondary School hammered their counterparts from Santa Rosa Secondary 4-0 to seal a berth in the semi-finals when action in the Digicel U-18 Schools Football Championships continued at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Ground, Carifesta Avenue, yesterday afternoon.
Wazir Bascom took matters into his own hands and breached the opposition’s goal in the 62nd, 66th, 71st and 82nd minutes, but owes his fortunes to several of his teammates whose precise passes set up the onslaught.
The duel started at a fast clip as the players from both sides demonstrated staunch determination, each team intent on winning. Indeed there were fierce exchanges and both sides were just as determined to surge ahead. The first half ended in a nil all stalemate but the exciting exchanges had the crowd on its feet for most of that period.
Waramadong were touted as the favourites after inflicting a 13 nil drubbing to Charity Wednesday evening last, but Santa Rosa Secondary could not be ruled out after their 4-1 triumph over Mahdia Secondary at the Mabaruma Community Centre ground, also on Wednesday evening.
The players were forced to compete in muddy conditions due to overnight and early morning showers but it appeared as though they were least affected by those conditions. The Waramadong players sliced through the mud and were equally matched by their opponents even as they both botched chances to surge ahead. The two teams went in at the half on a nil all stalemate.
It seemed as though the Waramadong players saved the best for last; Brendon Phillips tested their defence shortly after resumption with a solo effort that left three players kicking at thin air and elicited screams of admiration from his supporters. His effort was thwarted after one of the opposition’s defenders brought him down.
It was then that Bascom emerged from several bundled players to weave his way to Santa Rosa’s goal with several of their defence players attempting to stop him. A fierce left foot strike put paid to their efforts as the ball settled aback the nets.
Santa Rosa would rue the ill luck that caused the second goal; Bascom starred once again when he slammed in a vicious kick but the Santa Rosa custodian was prepared for it. He flung himself to the right and averted the goal but failed to grasp the ball which bounced back into play for Bascom to retrieve and clean up his error.
The third success came after the quintessential Bascom collected a pass just outside the 50 yard box from one of his midfield players, swiveled and pasted the opposition’s custodian. It was almost 4-0 shortly afterwards when Dexter Fernandes was fed a ball just in front of Santa Rosa’s goal but just could not find his balance to convert. Wazir returned shortly after that botch chance to show his teammate how it should be done.
Waramadong played a robust game but their opponents also had a bit of luck as they botched no less than 3 clear chances.
As the game wound down, the Santa Rosa players intensified their efforts but it was definitely not their day as, despite the urgings of their supporters, they continued to botch clear cut chances. A goal skirmish seconds before the final whistle presented a perfect opportunity for them to tuck in a consolation goal but they were once again denied after a Waramadong defender charged in and kicked the ball into touch. The final whistle signaled the end to their misery and instigated wild jubilation from the Waramadong supporters who started to celebrate just after, and continued long after the final whistle had sounded.
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