Jun 27, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Digicel School Football Championships IPE swamps DSS 6-1 in highly entertaining duel
Romario Welcome distinguished himself from among his teammates of Institute of Professional Education (IPE) and netted a helmet trick against Diamond Secondary School (DSS) to lead his team to a 6-1 victory when action in the Digicel School Football Championships continued at the Hararuni Community Centre Ground, Linden/Soesdyke Highway yesterday afternoon.
Welcome’s successes occurred in the 2nd, 23rd, 37th and 50th minute and he received support from Damion Jones (40) and Shamar Alexander (74) while Gon Alfred saved some face for the losers with a 74th minute offering.
In a game that had all the trimmings of a top class encounter, IPE team stood out as the better unit and was dominant from the very first whistle, attacking and distributing the ball remarkably so it came as no surprise when they opened their account first.
That goal occurred compliments of a vicious kick from Welcome after he was fed a pinpoint offering from the right wing from what seemed to be a sharp, impossible angle. Diamond Secondary retaliated with a spirited attack, intent on equalizing the situation, but their efforts were thwarted by solid defensive tactics from the opposition.
The exchanges continued at a rapid pace with both teams enjoying fair ball possession. One of DSS players collected a dolly of a pass, swivelled and hammered the ball to the opposition’s berth only to have his effort thwarted by a great save effected by the IPE goalie.
Goal number two was a humdinger and once again Welcome was the star; he received a ball from the right flank, went up and sent in a vicious header that would have made even the famed Lionel Messi jealous.
As the game gathered momentum and with the IPE front men well in control, one of their strikers sent in a wicked strike but despite the force, the DSS custodian still managed to get his hand to the ball. However, he failed to hold on and the ball bounced back into play for Welcome, lurking just inside the box, to latch onto it and complete his hat trick.
The DSS lads appeared tired as the first session dwindled to a close and the IPE strikers took advantage when Jones outran several of their strikers down the left flank and tapped in the final goal of the first session to give his team a 4-0 advantage.
Welcome starred once again, slipping past several midfield players and then gifted Jones a pin point pass that was effortlessly converted, leaving the goalkeeper grasping at thin air.
Despite conceding five goals, the lads from the DSS demonstrated staunch enthusiasm and grit and with just 3 minutes to the final whistle and both teams spent after a gruelling game, it seemed as though the issue was finally sealed at 6-0.
Alfred took charge of a free kick just outside the box and delivered a thunderous strike that sent the ball floating past the IPE goalie and saved some face for his team, albeit inconsequential, seconds before the final whistle. The action continues today at venues countrywide.
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