Underdogs St. George’s Secondary came from behind to defeat Carmel Secondary 4-2 yesterday afternoon when play in the Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Championship continued at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.
St. George’s had been eliminated on Monday by North Georgetown Secondary, 1-Nil but was reinstated in the
tournament after North Georgetown was sanctioned for playing an over-age player.
The first half Carmel dominated, kicking in two goals which gave them the upper hand over their opponents who were yet to score.
When St. George’s lost possession of the ball, Carmel capitalised on the opportunity with Moses Gritten scoring early in the 18th minute. After one of his team-mates attempted to score, Gritten, situated in the 6-yards box was able to tap the ball which had deflected off the boot of St George’s custodian, Neil Cameron, into the nets.
After a foul on one of the Carmel defenders by St George, Wesley Greenidge, through a penalty kick credited Carmel’s account in the 20th minute and brought the score to 2-nil.
Several unsuccessful attempts were made by St George’s line-up. Ozeal Small, feeding off a pass on the right flank of the field, volleyed a ball which settled behind the nets but the goal was deemed as an off-side.
Quincy Lawrence was also unproductive in his attempt to score for St George’s as the ball went over the cross-bar. The score remained the same as the referee’s whistle indicated the conclusion of the first half.
The second half saw the St George’s boys busy like energizer bunnies as four goals were netted, leaving their opponents in shock. St George’s form came at the right time as the Carmel boys seemed somewhat exhausted.
Royston Dublin, in the 63rd minute, credited St George’s account after receiving a good pass from Orin Moore.
The equalizer goal came 9 minutes later when Seon Taylor headed the ball into the nets leaving Carmel’s custodian in disbelief. The goal saw the players celebrating and Azuma Small followed up with a third goal five minutes later after a penalty kick was rewarded in the 77th minute.
Azuma’s brother, Ozeal Small closed with the final goal which found the back of the nets in 79th minute. The victory will see the Milo U-21 School Champions shaping up their fitness level as they prepare for their next match in the following week.