Residents of the Amerindian community of St. Cuthbert’s Mission situated deep off the Soesdyke Highway braved the inclement weather that threatened to prevent play in the match between the hosts and Canadian School of
Arts Science on Sunday.
A large crowd converged at the community centre ground and saw the home side St. Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary inflict a 5-0 thrashing on a game, but clearly outclassed Canadian School of Arts Science in the Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition.
The homesters took the lead after fourteen minutes through Rahaul Poonsammy whose feeble attempt towards the goal somehow managed to trickle through the hands of the opposing goalkeeper and over the goal-line.
Two minutes later, Cleyo Evans sent the partisan band of supporters into frenzy when he fired past the goalkeeper after a scrimmage in the penalty area that resulted in him being left unmarked and he made no mistake, hitting it to the right side of the goal.
Buoyed by their early success, St. Cuthbert’s searched for more goals as they bombarded the visitors goal area with alarming frequency and got another in the 22nd minute following a hand ball in the ‘Red Zone’ which saw a penalty being awarded.
Ronaldo O’Selmo strode up to take it and he calmly slotted home to the left-side of the goal.
No team managed to score, before the half time whistle sounded as the hosts went to the break feeling comfortable about their 3-0 lead.
The second period did not bring any reprieve for the Canadian School of Arts Science as they were constantly kept in defensive mode and Poonsammy was able to complete his double when he latched on to a pass from the right flank, before poking past the goalkeeper, who had remained transfixed to his line.
The heavy outfield and errant finishing kept the scoreline relatively decent as many opportunities were missed, but Roberto Gapputh took full advantage of his chance to score and finished with efficiency in the 50th minute to put the game out of reach of their opponents.
The final whistle eventually brought much reprieve for the Canadian School of Arts Science who also had one player red carded for misconduct.
Meanwhile, play in the competition continues today with eight matches at various venues.
At Wisburg ground in Linden, defending champions Christianburg / Wismar take on Mackenzie High School, at Leonora, Vergenoegen tackle Leonora Secondary; at No. 5, Belladrum engage Bush Lot; at Timehri, Soesdyke play Providence; at GFC, South Ruimveldt take on Mercy Wings; at Ministry of Education ground, North Georgetown and St. Winefride square off; at Skeldon, Tagore matches stride with Manchester and at New Opportunity Corps, they host Essequibo Training Centre.
All matches commence at 15:30 hrs.
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