Jamarj Assanah owned the show when the Hikers men’s first division team came up against
the youthful under-19 nationals in their high paced duel as the GT&T National Indoor Championships resumed on Friday evening, 31st October. The Hikers showed why they are top of the table and remained unbeaten in the men’s first division by upstaging the under-19 nationals by 6-4. Assanah’s penalty corner goal for the Hikers in the 8th minute fueled a relentless battle between the two sides as Aroydy Branford replied just one minute later by evading two Hikers defenders and sending his diving shot high into the net.
Assanah showed his quality once again as he capped off a blistering counterattack with a well-placed shot to give Hikers a 2-1 lead in the 11th minute. Colonel Heywood joined the Hikers goal charge as he extended the lead by one four minutes later. Although the under-19s, led by an Aroydy Branford hat-trick and Keon McKenzie lone strike, fought bravely, the Hikers controlled the match and the score. It was Assanah who fittingly scored the final goal of the match following a double by veteran Devin Hooper.
In the other men’s first division battle, Old Fort showed Saints their class as they cruised to a 4-0 victory. Chris Low netted a double for Old Fort while Shaquille Thomas and Andy Gouveia, who scored the goal of the match with lightening reflexes to be first on the end of a crossed ball, rounded out the score sheet.
The Tigers maintained their dominance in the ladies competition with their second 9-0 victory
of the competition, this time at the expense of Old Fort shooting Stars. Ashley DeGroot, Aliyah Gordon and Kerensa Fernandes each scored doubles while Ulrica Sutherland, Trisha Woodroffe and Shebiki Baptiste completed the sheet with one each.
The Hikers ladies staved off an early scare against the under-19 minis by recovering from a three goal deficit to draw even just three minutes from full time. After an Aliyah Gordon double and Macaela Harding single for the Minis, the Hikers had to dig deep, led by two penalty corner goals from seniors Maria Munroe and Latoya Fordyce, to recover the deficit. Dynamic young striker Latacea Chung saved embarrassment for the experienced Hikers when she netted a pass to draw even at 3-3 just before the final whistle.
Old Fort picked up the full three points in the men’s second division giving GCC its first loss by 3-2. The two clubs would return to draw their matchup in the veteran’s competitions 3-3 keeping both their hopes alive for a place in the final.
The Hikers lead the Men’s first division competition going into the penultimate day with 6 points followed by Old Fort and the Under-19 Nationals on 4 each. GCC has 3 points and Saints are yet to secure a point.
The ladies competition sees the GCC Tigers on top with 9 points followed by Spice on 6. The Hikers and Under-19 Minis follow with 4 points each and the Old Fort Shooting Stars on 0.
The Men’s second division competition finds Old Fort with 9 points followed by GCC on 6. The Hikers have secured 3 points while Saints and Kingston are yet to get off the mark.
The veteran’s competition sees GCC in the lead with 5 points, Hickers on 3 and Old Old Fort on 2.
Matches continue until today with the four finals set to begin at 17:00hrs.
Full results for the evening were as follows:
Men’s second division:
Old Fort defeated GCC 3-2
Goal scorers: Old Fort – Dwayne Allen 2, Shaquille Thomas. GCC – Eric Hing, Keon McKenzie
GCC drew with Old Old Fort 3-3
Goal scorers: GCC – Devin Hooper 2, Alan Fernandes. Old Old Fort – John Abrams 2, Chris Low-Koan
Hikers drew Under-19 Minis 3–3
Goal scorers: Hikers – Maria Munroe, Latoya Fordyce, Latacia Chung. Under-19 Minis – Aliyah Gordon 2, Macaela Harding
GCC Tigers defeated Old Fort Shooting Stars 9–0
Goalscorers: GCC Tigers – Kerensa Fernandes 2, Aliyah Gordon 2, Ashley DeGroot 2, Ulrica Sutherland, Trisha Woodroffe, Shebiki Baptiste
Men’s First division
Hikers defeated U19 Nationals 6–4
Goal scorers: Hikers – Shaquille Assanah 3, Devin Munroe 2, Colonel Heywood. Under-19s – Aroydy Branford 3, Keon McKenzie
Old Fort defeated Saints 4-0
Goal scorers: Old Fort – Chris Low-Koan, Andy Gouveia, Shaquille Thomas
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