* Digicel Schools Football Championships 2016
BY AKEEM GREENE
D.C Fox-Caesar Secondary School, formerly Waramadong Secondary, booked their quarter-final spot after winning 1-0 in a fiercely competed match against Charity Secondary on Wednesday at the Mainstay Lake Community Centre, Wayaka Region two.
A section of the crowd at the Mainstay Lake Community Centre, Wayaka region two
Uriah King gave the D.C Fox-Caesar Unit the win, netting in the 30th, in a match where both sides failed to capitalise on their opportunities.
Both teams began sluggishly in the early minutes but Charity’s John Culpepper had the first genuine shot on target that required a leaping save by the keeper. However, it was D.C Fox’s Jason King whose attempt sparked jubilance in the crowd, taking a shot from the 18-yard box, requiring a diving effort from the keeper Leeland Smith low to his left.
D.C Fox-Caesar-Fox Reese Gomez makes a leaping save to keep his side ahead (Akeem Greene Photos)
In the 20th, Uriah had a shot on goal that was deemed an off-side but it was 10 minutes later, he worked his magic on the field, dribbling past two defenders then beating the keeper to score.
One minute later, Collyer Daniels had a chance to stretch the lead, sending the ball inches from a goal and signalled the end of the first half.
The second half proved to be most exciting phase of play, with the Charity team putting immense pressure on the opposition’s backline that eventually meant keeper Reese Gomez had to pull off some acrobatic saves to keep the score-line in his team’s favour.
The crowd support was clearly behind the Charity team and the Region two side were beginning to look the part but Aston Ward dribbled past two defenders, wrapping his left-foot around the ball, sending it wide to silence the crowd due to narrow miss.
The seesaw battle continued, unfortunately no team were able to find the back of the net; the result means that D.C Fox-Caesar will now face Sir Leon’s Lesson on Sunday in their quarter-final match to be played at the Bartica Community Centre, region seven.
The victorious D.C. Fox-Caesar Secondary School
Prior to the match, Senior Councillor of the Mainstay Lake Community, Samantha Pearson greeted both teams and thanked Digicel for taking the match to their community. She also made a plea for future matches to be played there noting that soon there will be the installation of floodlights around the ground to allow night games. (Guyana Times)