Grove Hi Tech solidified their hold at the top of the standings with a workmanlike 9-1 drubbing of Diamond United, whilst Agricola Red Triangle took care of Timehri Panthers 3-1 when rivalry in the Stag Beer/East Bank Football Association division-one league continued yesterday at the grove Playfield.
Led by their Captain and the competition’s leading goal scorer to date, Domini Garnett (13 goals) who blasted a hat-trick, Grove proved to be way too much for Diamond to handle on a cool Sunday afternoon which saw a damp pitch owing to heavy rain on Saturday which had left the ground waterlogged resulting in the CULT Under-17 semifinals being postponed.
However, yesterday it was no damp feelings in terms of the on-field play, Diamond it was that drew first blood in just the second minute of play. Mark Jhingoree’s looping shot from the left side was too well paced for goalkeeper Michael Matthews to handle as it eased over his outstretched fingers into the back of the nets.
Diamond were happy to at least put their opponents on the back foot, even if it were for a few minutes and as it turned out it was indeed for a few short minutes as the home team fired back to cancel out the lead in the 6th minute when Sherman Doris fired past custodian Andre Gibbs.
Clive Matthews Jr. eased Grove into the lead with a well-taken free kick form about 30 yards out that Gibbs and the Diamond defence could not keep out in the 12th minute. Even at this juncture, Diamond looked as if they were going to keep up with Grove but couldn’t find their touch that brought the opening goal.
Colin Lancaster netted the first of his brace in the 19th minute before Captain Garnett tucked in his first in the 38th minute. Lancaster hit the network again in the 40th minute; Grove’s fifth of the half which ended 5-1 in their favour.
In the second half there was no stopping Grove as they fired in four more. Garnett was on target again in the 64th and 67th. Joel Dick, who came on in the second half, also inked his name on the score sheets in the 79th minute, three minutes earlier, John Matthews converted. The win for Grove has put them six clear points ahead of their closest rival, Soesdyke Falcons who are on 21.
The afternoon got underway with Agricola Red Triangle easing to a 3-1 win over Timehri Panthers. Gordon Grant, who started the game as the joint to leading goal scorer with Domini Garnet (10 each) netted a double in leading his side to victory.
Grant scored in the 4th and 23rd minute; Sheldon Gurrick put the icing on the cake in the 63rd minute. Timehri had pulled one back in the 20th minute through Hubert Adams and stood toe to toe with Agricola for the most part.
The win for the Agricola boys saw them overtaking Timehri for third, easing two points clear of them. More action is set for Sunday at the same venue.
Latest Points Standings:
Teams P W L D GF GA GD Points
Grove 10 9 1 0 44 10 34 27
Soesdyke 10 7 3 0 29 14 15 21
Agricola 10 6 2 2 25 10 15 20
Timehri 10 6 4 0 16 11 5 18
KK Warriors 10 5 4 1 21 22 -1 16
Herstelling 10 2 6 2 10 42 -32 7
Diamond 10 1 7 2 6 21 -15 5
Mocha 10 0 9 1 10 31 -21 1
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