Jul 23, 2013 Sports
-send resounding statement to all aspirants to their throne
It was anticipated to be a tough matchup long before kick off time, but by the end of 90 minutes defending champions Wismar/Christianburg were able to make a resounding statement to all aspirants to their throne after inflicting a 4-0 thrashing on Region 5 title holders Ash Educational Institute on Sunday, at the Wisburg Secondary School ground in Linden.
Playing in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Championship, before a fair-sized crowd, the champs were led to victory through a brace from Jashawn Moore, who netted in the 31st and 73rd minutes and solitary strikes from Shane Luckie in the 64th and Godwin Mitchell in the 84th minute of play.
After a cautious start by both teams that included a few unusual mistakes from the hosts, the game gradually took on a counterattacking style of play with each team trying to seize the initiative with a retaliatory approach and the visitors were the ones who had the first real chance to take the lead.
It started with a long pass from the back which was brought under control by striker Lester Cummings, who glided past his marker, but disappointingly fired his shot straight at the goalkeeper, who made a brilliant partial stop, before gathering the ball on the second attempt.
Ash Educational Institute despite not getting the desired result continued in search of the lead, while Wismar/Christianburg somehow were able to absorb the relentless pressure and it was one of their deliberate counterattacks that eventually broke the nil-all deadlock when the quick thinking Moore saw Ash’s goalkeeper Shelby Miller standing casually just outside the near post and he cleverly floated a shot over the head of a scrambling Miller into the goal to evoke wild celebrations among the home crowd.
Both teams exhibited admirable skills and created a few opportunities to score, but solid defending snuffed out those chances as they went to the break with the home side clinging to a slim 1-0 lead.
However, no one could have predicted what was to unfold in the second period as Wismar/Christianburg moved into another gear as Moore, Luckie and Mitchell combined beautifully to crush the opposition.
Luckie was able to lash in from close range following a goal mouth melee subsequent to a cross delivered from the left side, while the nippy Moore, who was playing on both left and right flanks, produced another high class finish, dinking the ball over the advancing Miller after gliding past his defender.
Clearly deflated by the cleverness and adroitness of the defending champions, Ash meekly folded and conceded another goal this time compliments of the fleet-footed Mitchell, who ease his way just inside the 25-yard box, before firing a fierce right-footer past a transfixed Miller, leaving him no chance of stopping.
The win set up a semi-final engagement against Georgetown and Milo champions St. George’s whose fairy tale run continued on Sunday when they travelled to the Ancient County to take on Region 6 champions New Amsterdam Technical Institute who they defeated 2-1.
This game will be played at the BV ground on the East Coast of Demerara, while in the other semi-final, last year’s beaten finalist Waramadong stayed on course to duplicate that performance after defeating Santa Rosa, also by a 4-0 margin and will now face Region 4 champions Covent Garden, who disposed of Region 3 winners Leonora 4-3.
The Uitvlugt Community Centre ground is the venue for this fixture.
Both semi-finals will be played tomorrow with the final set for Sunday, at the Police Sports Club ground.
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