The question about whether defending champions Christianburg/Wismar will extend its dominance over Waramadong or whether the team from Region Seven could redeem its previous losses into a win was answered last evening when the Lindeners strolled to a comfortable 2-0 triumph to capture the trophy outright in their final showdown, at the National Stadium.
Watched by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Opposition Leader Ret. Brigidier David Granger, Digicel CEO Gregory Dean, Marketing Executive Jacqueline James, Guyana Football Federation President Christopher Matthias, and Ministry of Education CEO Olato Sam among others, the two teams treated a crowd of over three thousand to an exciting barnd of football that received genuine applause from the fans.
The defending champions went on the offensive early in the game and managed to get the ball in the back of the nets only to see the Referee whistle for off-side.
Bouyed by the early exploits, CWSS led by Shane Luckie and Donavan Francis continued to attack the Waramadong backline, but a counter attack by the two-time losing finalist nearly stunned the Linden supporters, but the effort by Myles Albert sailed agonizingly just outside the right upright.
Both teams craeted a few more chances, but soft shots on goal were easily snapped up by the respective goalkeepers as the half saw no team managing to score a goal.
That meant that supporters from each side had to brace themselves for a terrific remaining 45 minutes and they were not disappointed as CWSS came out in the second period just as they had done in the first half looking more purposeful and menacing and took the lead one minute after the resumption courtesy of an own goal.
It came as a result of a sweeping attcak that saw a fierce shot from Francis deflect off a defender and ended in the back of the goal much to the relief of the Linden supporters and worry to the Waramadong fan base.
The goal seemed to have ignited the Lindeners and they kept up a relentless pursuit to stretch their advantage, while Waramadong, beaten all three times by the same opponent inexplicably seemed to move away from the game plan and conceded possession frequently in the mid-field alowing the defending champions to expose their usually robust defence.
Francis, who was tormenting the Waramadong defence all night eventually, got his reward when he combined beautifully with the lanky Kurd Johnson to slide the ball past a beaten Gerald Isaacs. The goal came in the 68th minute of play.
After that it was all CWSS and had it not been for their loss of focus the scoreline might have been more emphatic as the Waramadong team looked fatigued and frustrated by the relentless onslaught.
However, they held on grimly and never conceded another goal before the final whistle sounded.
The champions walked away with $1million, trophy and medals; runner-up $600,000, trophy and medals, 3rd place$400,000, trophy and medals and 4th place $200,000, trophy and medals.
The monies will go to projects of the respective schools choices, while all four teams received smart phones.
Earlier, Bush Lot Secondary also endorsed the prediction of the pundits, registering a 3-1 victory over Betterverwagting Secondary to finish the tournament in a commendable 3rd place. An 8th minute success by Paul Kingston represented the sum total of Betterverwagting’s effort while the Berbice based team benefitted from a brace from Elon Fordyce (68, 82) and a solitary contribution from Jeavon McKenzie (5).
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