It’s just over a week since the Digicel School Football Championships commenced and spectators have witnessed several competitive duels as well as many one sided affairs. Amidst such contrasts, the Xenon Academy had engaged Friendship Secondary last week at the Timehri Red Ground and eked past them by a close 4-3 margin. The former school returned to the field yesterday afternoon, but this time their luck ran out when they faced off with Craig Secondary School and received an 11-0 drubbing when action in the above tournament continued at the Hararuni Community Centre Ground, Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
Joel Dick starred for the winners with successes in the 7th, 22nd, 27th, 45th and 50th minutes with support from Cleo Stephen (15, 37), Simeon Richardson (46), Alex Moore (60), Akeem Williams (62) and Alex Williams (63).
The fierce rivalry for ball possession commenced at the very first whistle but it was the Craig strikers that managed to win the battle during the early exchanges and steered the ball to the opposition’s goal. It was during a goal scrimmage that Dick extricated himself and delivered a soft but accurate kick that settled in the opposition’s network.
Dick struck again from the opposition’s far right post after the Xenon Academy custodian, Dishawn Palord, blocked, but failed to hold on to a ball sent in by one of the opposition’s strikers. The ball bounced out of his hands for Dick to trap it and send in his second goal.
Dick became a thorn in the side of the lads from the Xenon Academy and before the end of the first session he had netted two more times to stretch the half time lead to a comfortable 4-0 for his team.
The one sided affair overlapped into the second session when the quintessential Dick once again collected a pass from the right wing and deftly tucked it past Xenon’s custodian for the 5th time. By now, the lads from Xenon Academy appeared spent and unable to find a solution to stem the flow of goals.
The massacre continued and was only broken by three botched chances, including a penalty after one of Xenon’s players was called for handling the ball inside the box. Thereafter, the goal spree continued with little resistance from the Grove based Xenon Academy unit. Dick managed to score again and added to his previous tally of 4. Stephen, Richardson, Moore, Akeem and Alex Williams then capped the humiliation with late contributions before the referee’s whistle provided some reprieve for the Xenon squad.
In another result from yesterday in the City: Tucville whipped David Rose4-1.
For Tucville – Kiefer Brandt 35, 74, Shemar Bascombe 37 and Sherwin Reid 52 were on target, while for David Rose Teen Fordyce 23 made the lone response.
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