North rule the South

Randy Bennett,

Added 11 November 2012

St Michael North knew just what to do when they travelled down south. A brilliant brace from Andre Pinder sent St Michael North through to the final 16, coming from behind to defeat St Philip South 2-1 when action in the David Thompson Memorial Constituency Councils Football Classic continued at Rices on Friday evening. The win sent them atop Zone 5 on ten points, having won three games and drawn one, while it left St Philip South still winless after three games and in danger of not making it to the knockout round. It was actually the home side who started promisingly and it took them just five minutes to take the lead, much to the delight of the large crowd of supporters on hand. Carlo Perry latched onto a pass from Marlon Alleyne, and from just outside the 18-yard box, let loose a blistering shot that powered past St Michael North’s goalkeeper Tazieo Riley and into the roof of the net. They were back on the attack soon after, Andre Fields finding himself in lots of space before blasting his shot high and wide. Jamar “Crouch” Grazettes should have equalized for his side soon after, but his weak close-range shot was saved by St Philip South’s keeper Richard Harrison, with another lame shot from the tall striker going just wide of the target. Troy Parris rose above the St Philip South defence after his side was awarded a corner but he couldn’t keep his powerful header down and it sailed over the crossbars. Had it not been for some stingy play by Christopher Callender, the home side would have surely doubled their lead just before half time. After getting past two St Michael North defenders on the left flank and skilfully working his way into the penalty area, Callender chose to go for glory from a tight angle instead of squaring the ball across goal where three of his teammates stood unmarked. He ended up only firing his shot high and wide as his teammates threw their hands in the air in disbelief. Pinder made them pay dearly for that miss shortly after resumption, calmly controlling and slotting past a helpless Harrison after receiving a pinpoint pass from Kerry Forde inside the penalty area. And with just six minutes remaining in the game, Pinder put the nail in St Philip South’s coffin, thanks to a superb piece of skill from Grazettes. A long ball from midfield found Grazettes at the top of the box and his skilful flick picked out Pinder, who expertly side-footed the ball past an advancing Harrison. Matthew Bushell then showed his frustration with a horrendous two-footed tackle on Grazettes, for which he was lucky to receive only a yellow card just before the final whistle sounded. Earlier in the evening’s first game, Christ Church West also came from behind to defeat St George North 2-1, compliments of two goals from Jason Welch in the 56th and 74th minutes. His strikes cancelled out Jermain Browne’s 12th-minute goal for St George North.

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