Jun 17, 2014 Sports
Xenon Academy defied a spirited attack from Supply Secondary School to secure a hard fought 4-3 victory when action in the 2014 Digicel School Football championships got underway at the Timehri Red Ground yesterday afternoon.
Kobe Duncan netted a double for the winners in the 7th and 70th minutes with able support from Kevin Andrews (40) and Steve Rodrigues (42), while Supply’s marksmen were Norman Rodrigues (15), Lawrence Jack (46) and Shawn Sheed (49)
Indeed, both teams lacked the requisite skill but made up in determination and grit to thrill a smattering of spectators. Duncan sent Xenon Secondary ahead after a clever bit of footwork that culminated with a stern kick that flew past Supply Secondary’s goalie and settled aback the network.
Supply Secondary received the perfect opportunity to equalize the situation less than five minutes later when one of their players was fouled in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Shawn Steel took the shot but team was denied as his wayward kick slid down the left side of the goal.
Norman Rodrigues made amends when he weaved his way down centre field and tucked in the equalizer in the 15th minute of the game. Thereafter, a furious battle to regain the lead ensued with both sides flunking opportunities in the process.
Kevin Andrews the sent Xenon Academy ahead when he collected a pass and sprinted to the opposition’s berth. With just the goalie to contend with, he tucked the ball into the left corner of the goal and two minutes later Xenon struck again, this time through a Steve Rodrigues’ right foot shot, scored seconds before the half time whistle which pushed the score to 3-1 and gave Xenon a comfortable 2 goal advantage at the break.
Xenon’s custodian, Dishawn Palad, was forced into action from the start of the second session when Jack sent in a stinger that flew past his outstretched hands and settled aback the network; Sheed emulated his teammate 3 minutes later and brought the situation back to equilibrium at 3-3 and set the scene for a thrilling finish.
Both teams demonstrated a high level of determination and the level of fitness was indeed worthy of mention. Supply Secondary was given a wonderful opportunity to surge ahead when they were gifted a free kick just outside the box; they opted for an indirect strike and failed to get past the Xenon defensive line.
As the clocked ticked away the minutes to the final whistle, both teams launched spirited attacks but it was Xenon Academy that uncovered their opponent’s Achilles heel with a stinger off the boot of Duncan that effectively sealed the issue.
The action returns to that venue tomorrow when Soesdyke Secondary takes on Eletra Institute in another highly anticipated thriller that commences at 15:30hrs.
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