-Vreed-en-Hoop survive penalty shootout
This year’s Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Tournament got off to an exciting start
with the opening fixture between eventual winners Vreed-en-Hoop and L’Aventure having to be decided in a penalty shootout yesterday, at the Leonora Synthetic Track facility.
Vreed-en-Hoop eventually prevailed 3-1 in the shootout to advance after regulation time failed to break a 2-2 deadlock.
Watched by a number of Digicel’s Top Brass including CEO Kevin Kelly, Head of Marketing Jacqueline James, Head of Customer Care Sherwyn Osbourne, Sponsorship & Events Manager Louana Abrams, Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara, Tournament Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser, Director of Sport Christopher Jones among others, Vreed-en-Hoop took the lead after thirty-three minutes through Brian Chapman, who netted from the penalty spot following a foul by the opposing goalkeeper.
Shemar Parjohn then gave them a comfortable cushion when he poked in a deft backheel that left the goalkeeper stranded and he was greeted with an empty goal in the 39th minute.
The two teams missed several opportunities and the score remained unchanged at the break with the final period promising fireworks.
L’Aventure opened the period on the offensive, but poor finishing kept Vreed-en-Hoop’s lead intact until the 85th minute when Ariel Whosley stationed on the right flank sent a powerful shot from long range that sailed over the jumping goalkeeper’s flailing hands, before landing into the back of the goal to reduce the deficit by one.
Three minutes into extra time, the L’Aventure supporters got something to cheer about
when a fierce low shot from Dan Batson from about 30 yards out scurried through the hands and legs of the goalkeeper, before trickling over the line to level the contest and setup the penalty shootout.
Matches will commence in the other respective regions from June 15th, with games slated to be held in Georgetown, East Coast of Demerara, East Bank of Demerara and West Demerara.
The competition is being played in the traditional knockout format in all the regions and will conclude on July 31, at the National Stadium, Providence.
Christianburg/Wismar Secondary is the defeindg champion for the past four years, while the other team to win the coveted trophy was Government Technical Institute that won the inaugural event.
Winner of the event will receive $1,000,000 toward the funding off a school project and the Championship trophy, while the second, third and fourth placed finishers take home $700,000, $400,000 and $350,000 respectively.
Additionally, every zone winner will collect $100,000.
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