Old Fort pulled off the first upset victory of the competition to date in their opener on Saturday against defending champs the Sequel. The pace of the youthful Old Fort gave the aging Sequel no end of trouble in the first half of the match which resulted in Old Fort scoring four unanswered goals.
Young striker Warren Williams scored the opener for Old Fort just two minutes in, as a long pass beat the Sequel deep-lying defense and gifted Williams an easy one on one with goalkeeper Dwayne Scott.
Old Fort’s most prolific midfielder, junior national Omar Hopkinson added a second, six minutes later en route to a first half hat-trick with two more goals in the 15th and 16th minute. With Sequel facing a 0-4 deficit at the half, Scott opted to remove his goalkeeping gear and play as a kicking back.
The tactic proved to be on the money as the Sequel turned the game on its head by denying any further goals while producing two of their own. It was right wing-back, Damon Woodroffe, who opened the GCC account with a well-placed strike to the far post three minutes into the second half and striker Devin Hooper added a second 9 minutes later.
While Sequel certainly had their chances, Jason Clarke in deep defense for Old Fort put in a sterling performance to thwart several raids on goal. The 4-2 victory immediately sets eyes on Old Fort as the team to beat in this year’s competition.
In the other men’s second division clash, Saints U-19s pulled off a surprise 1-0 victory over the Hikers Cadets with midfielder Edmund Chinian scoring the lone goal of the match just before halftime.
The youthful Saints side was relentless in pursuit of the ball and despite Hikers being the more experienced, they found it difficult to make meaningful attacks. Bounty paper towels, distributed by Ansa McAl has joined the list of sponsors for 2018.
The Bounty paper towels second division leagues will feature both male and female competitions and will expose the junior talents of the game alongside those whose best hockey may be behind them.
Matches will continue from 15:00hrs at Saint Stanislaus College Ground and will run every Saturday and Sunday until May 20th.
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