In a battle of the Georgetown Conference heavyweights, Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC) defeated Charlestown Secondary by a 4-2 score line as action in the Digicel National Secondary Schools U-18 Football Tournament continued at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary on Wednesday.
The Woolford Avenue and Albert Street unit would open the scoring in the 24th minute compliments of a Clement Edwards strike.
Latching on to an expertly weighted, lobbed pass over the centre of the defence from the left side of the field, Edwards would strike his right- footed effort to the lower left hand corner of the goal.
GITC would double their advantage five minutes before the half time interval through a Jamal McPherson strike.
Initiating a counterattack from a resulting Charlestown corner kick, McPherson would fortuitously convert his second right-footed strike from within the left side of the six-yard area as his first effort would be deflected back into his path by the Charlestown custodian. Resuming skirmishes in the second period, GITC would increase their lead through their dynamic forward Randy Layne in the 52nd minute.
Receiving a perfectly played pass over the centre of the Charlestown backline, the nippy forward would powerfully strike his left-footed effort to the lower left hand corner of the goal.
Charlestown would cut the deficit to two as they found the back of the net in the 61st minute through an Akeem Clarke header to the top right hand side of the goal from a right side corner.
GITC would restore their three-goal advantage with Layne completing his brace in the 72nd minute.
Intercepting a botched clearance from the Charlestown custodian, Layne would easily convert his left-footed strike unmarked in the 18-yard area to the lower left hand corner of the goal.
Charlestown would score a consolation goal in the 89th minute through a Shane Morris penalty kick following the awarding of the spot kick for a GITC infringement in the penalty area by their goalkeeper.
At the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue, Queen’s College (QC) defeated Chase Academy 3-1. Michael DeCosta, Saif Abrahim and Aftab Crandon were on target for the Camp Road side in the sixth, 72nd and 87th minutes respectively.
Isiah Reddy netted for Chase Academy in the 75th minute.
Over at the Campbellville Community Centre ground, Christ Church Secondary led by an Andre Trotz hat trick in the 27th, 59th and 76th minutes respectively defeated Bishops’ High 7-1.
Goals by Kadeem Blackman, Carlon Harris, Javante Best and Travis Fitzpatrick in the third, 16th, 48th and 50th minutes completed the victory.
Imran Khan, Shakeel Mosley and Dorian Chan were on target for the Carmichael Street side in the fifth, 39th and 77th minutes respectively.
Leonora Secondary compliments of a Gavin Graham brace in the 45th and 51st minutes hammered West Demerara Secondary 6-2 at the Den Amstel ground, West Demerara.
Andrew Fowler, Brandon Blake, Jamal Perreira and Marlon Atwell were on target for the victors in the 20th, 38th, 58th and 82nd minutes correspondingly. Omar Haynes and Jarad Rampersaud netted for the losers in the 17th and 81st minutes respectively.
Anns Grove Secondary through doubles from Shamar Joseph in the eighth and 19th minutes and Derek Pelew in the 44th and 70th minutes respectively pummelled President’s College (PC) 8-1 at the Beterverwagting ground, East Coast Demerara.
Jamal Blair, Ocenie Griffith and Paul Collins scored for the victors in the fourth, 85th and 87th minutes respectively. An own goal conceded by President’s College in the 41st minute contributed to the loss.
Derek Mingo netted for PC in the 74th minute.
At the All Saints Ground in Berbice, New Amsterdam Multilateral School, compliments of a Shakeel Grant six-goal haul in the 10th, 25th, 38th, 53th, 72nd and 75th minutes hammered Central Corentyne Secondary 15-0.
Further goals by the Travett Grimond in the first, 79th and 86th minutes, Leon Loo in fifth, Shaquan Spencer in the 29th, Godfrey Howard in the 42nd and Akeem Bollers in the 47th, 58th and 67th minutes respectively completed the rout.