Dec 15, 2019 Sports Comments Off on Petra Organisation/ KFC/Goodwill Schools football tournament
Robertson hat-trick leads Annai Secondary to comprehensive win; Lodge Secondary thump Marian Academy
By Zaheer Mohamed
Amir Robertson banged in a hat-trick to lead Annai Secondary to a comprehensive 9-1 victory over Annandale Secondary, while Lodge Secondary beat Marian Academy 6-1 in the opening fixtures of the Petra Organisation/ KFC/Goodwill Schools football tournament yesterday at the Guyana Football Federation National Training Centre, Providence.
Annai Secondary dominated the contest from the onset and took an early lead when Junior Rodrigues found the back of the net from an angled shot within the 18-yeard box. Annandale Secondary had a fair chance to equalise moments later, but their free kick from just outside the area went over the bar. Annai’s Secondary Vito Jackson forced a fine save from Annandale’s goal-keeper Shawn Edwards before Annai goal-keeper Leston Smith denied Annandale when he punched a free kick over the bar as the game gathered momentum.
Italo Benjamin handed Annai their second goal in the 24th minute when he collected a pass on the left side of the area and calmly slotted home as his team enjoyed a 2-0 lead at the break. Annai increased their pace following the interval and Benjamin was denied moments in the second half courtesy of a fine save from Edwards.
It was not long before Annai extended their lead as Raul Swan beat Edwards with a floated free-kick from outside the box in the 52nd minute, while Benjamin netted his double two minutes later.
Annai’s ruthless display in front of goal continued as Amir Robertson slotted home his first from inside the box in the 57th minute, while Rodrigues netted his second in the 64th after he collected a pass from mid field and worked his way into the area, beating Edwards to his left.
Annandale then wasted a decent chance to score as a cross from the right side of the box was sent over the bar before Rodrigues netted in the 67th minute from inside the area. The energetic Rodrigues then completed his hat-trick with a fine solo effort, working his way into the area before slotting home. Colin Henriques pulled one back for Annandale when he made no mistake from the spot in the 72nd minute, while Brimley Moses completed the scoring for Annai in the 78th minute.
Recently crowned Guyoil/Tradewind Tankers U18 Schools’ football champions, Lodge Secondary announced their presence with an excellent display, beating Marian Academy 6-1 in the second fixture of the evening.
Both teams had their fair share of possession in the opening exchanges; Lodge Secondary gradually grew in confidence and Dorwin George put them ahead in the 25th minute when he slotted home from inside the area before Earl Grant stretched their advantage two minutes later. George netted his double in the 30th minute to hand Lodge Secondary a 3-0 lead at the break.
Marian Academy showed more purpose in the second half and Daniel Lowe reduced their deficit when he converted from the spot in the 49th. That proved to be Marian Academy only goal as Lodge Secondary stitched in three more goals to sound a stern warning to their rivals.
Shortly before Marian Academy keeper Dwayne Best made a brilliant save from a cross, Lodge custodian Roberts pulled off a brilliant save to deny their opponents.
Curt Edwards then extended Lodge Secondary advantage in the 66th minute when he collected a cross from the right side of the area and beat a diving Best to his left.
George completed his hat-trick when he found the back of the net from the inside the box in the 68th minute while Shemroy Myers found the back of the net from inside the area with a fine solo effort one minute later.
The tournament got underway following a march past which was attended the President of the Guyana Football Federation Wayne Forde. Forde wished the teams well and lauded the organizers.
The competition continues tomorrow.
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