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Sixth win for Milan


Renaldo Gilkes

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Meridian Youth Milan continued their impressive 2011 football season by registering their sixth win in as many games last Thursday evening in the Digicel Premier League at the Friendship Playing Field.
The league leaders came from behind to defeat Sportingbet.com Pinelands 3-1 to maintain a 100 per cent winning record.
In the opening encounter Crane & Equipment Ellerton ruined the chance to claim their first win of the season, throwing away the lead to go down to ICE Wales 2-1.
Milan were down but if their previous form has been anything to go by, they were certainly not out.
Pinelands matched their superior opponents competitively for the first 45 minutes, marking them closely and restricting their traditional silky passing game, especially in midfield.
Pinelands went into the interval with a 1-0 lead and thinking of a potential upset.
However, Milan resumed the second half in immaculate fashion. Just four minutes after resumption, good combination play between the midfield and forward line resulted in Kenroy Skinner neatly nodding the ball back into the path of Romel Corbin, who unleashed a powerful shot from just inside the penalty area.
Milan appeared to have caught their rhythm and began to produce the type of football they have awed spectators with this season, to the frustration of Pinelands’ players who were involved in needless fracas and committed some unsportsmanlike challenges.
One such challenge resulted in the expulsion of right-back Kamal Thompson who received his second booking and subsequent marching orders in the 77th minute.
Milan used the man advantage superbly, and pushed captain Norman Forde in an advanced position which paid off in the 85th minute.
A pinpoint cross from left wing-back Ramuel Millar picked out Forde sprinting in at the far post to dangerously head the dipping cross mere inches between custodian Romayne Primus and the post to give his team the 2-1 lead.
Pinelands fought valiantly and pressed for the equalizer. However, this backfired as Milan grabbed their third via the counter-attack route.
After a corner was cleared, it fell into the path of Skinner who sprinted from his half into the Pinelands penalty area, rounded Primus and slid the ball in front an open goal for substitute Corey Barrow to grab Milan’s third goal in the 91st minute.
The victory took the Checker Hall lads to 18 points.
In the earlier match, Ellerton took the lead in the 40th minute, compliments diminutive midfielder Corey Straker, before Wales equalized in the 52nd minute via Dwayne McClean.
Ellerton succumbed to pressure and conceded another goal in the 65th minute when Wales’ new signing Paul “Soup” Lovell drilled in a low free-kick from just about 25 yards.

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