Four-time national champion of the Digicel Schools Football Championship, Christianburg / Wismar squeezed past a stubborn Kwakwani Secondary 1-0 to capture their sixth regional title yesterday at the Wisburg ground in Linden.
Amar Jones 41st minute strike was all it took to keep the reigning champs on course to defend their title in this year’s championship.
The two teams were made to wait one extra day to get their rivalry started and immediately they traded exchanges from the first whistle with the host Christianburg / Wismar looking the more threatening of the two.
However, no team was able to penetrate the respective backlines which stood firm, nullifying every challenge that was offered until the silky Antwain Gill, playing on the left flank, raced past one defender took it to the by-line, before delivering a pinpoint cross into the centre for Jones to nonchalantly side-foot into the empty goal four minutes short of the break.
The second period saw Christianburg / Wismar raise their level of play and orchestrated many dangerous buildups, but compact defending erased those threats.
However, Johnson hit the crossbar after firing a brutal right-footer and then Brian Johnson did the same with the ball rebounding into play on both occasions to keep the contest on a knife’s edge.
Kwakwani did manage to provide some alarm on two occasions, but both times the ball sailed just wide of the uprights as coaches from the respective camps bellowed instructions with time running out.
In the end, the champs finished stronger and came away with a deserved victory to march on in the championship where they will play the winner of Region 1.
Meanwhile, in other results:
Orealla stormed past Upper Corentyne Training College 8-0 on Monday, at the Skeldon Community Centre.
Miggel Devair led the scoring, netting five goals, while there was one each for Celon France, Donell France and Veral Felix.
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