In the opening match of the ABFA Premier League Competition – Week 13
Urlings FC vs Bassa SC
Griffith leads his team to a revengeful victory over Bassa in the dying moments. The game started out cautiously with both teams desperately seeking points to survive relegation.
Bassa’s Carlos Tittle came close in the 23rd minute when his attempted header smashed against the crossbar.
Urlings then countered at the other end when Akeem Thomas’s shot had Bassa’s goalkeeper (GK) Prince Walters leaping high to tip the ball over the crossbar.
Both teams were scoreless at the half way point; however Urlings squandered the easiest opportunity of the match. Captain Quinton Griffith broke free down the left flank to find his teammate Quinton Roy in the six yard box. Roy completely mistimed the shot.
Eventually, Francois Joseph would break the deadlock when he scored in the 80th minute.
The victory presently brings Urlings to 7 points still at the bottom.
In addition, things could fall in their favour with next week’s exciting fixture that includes Ottos Rangers.
Should Urlings grab the victory over Rangers, they will move on to 10 points while jumping ahead past the struggling Bassa and Five Islands. Both teams that are each set to face two of the most dominant clubs in SAP and Parham respectively
In the feature match of the evening:
SAP trail in third place
In the feature match, we saw the quality of Roger Hurst unfold with speed, accuracy and agility. The team’s talisman capitalized on his opponent’s defensive blunder as he raced towards the goal and with a touch of finesse curved the ball around the approaching GK Miguel Baez. However, as the ball slowly made its way toward the far corner, Jahkime Gomes rushed on to ensure that the sweeper would not have a chance to clear it, 1-0.
At that moment, the current champions fell behind but their persistence was reward when Odell Murray was brought down in the penalty box. Peter Byers converted the equaliser, 1-1 in the 36 minute.
At the resumption of the half danger man Peter Byers made his way into Fort Roads attacking third drawing the defenders one side then passing the ball in towards the goalmouth area for Francisco Abreu to finish, 2-1.
SAP kept on applying pressure with Peter Byers rising high with an attempted header, and Fort Road tried their best to stage a comeback but that was it at the final whistle. SAP is finishing in a 2-1 victory and moving on to 28 points still behind of Parham and Hoppers.
In the first game of Sunday’s Triple Header:
5 Islands Stuns Rangers with a single blow
Samuel Semper of Five Islands scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute in an effort to evade being demoted. The city west team have made this their second victory in 13 matches.
Although Rangers are completely safe outside playoff and relation zone, it was still a disappointment to see them go under to their 9th place opponents.
Rangers did, however, make some desperate fight backs through Akeem Warick but not quite getting the job done.
Hoppers refused to go down beaten
Old Road had the crowd cheering in the 9th minute when captain Stephan Smith and Erskim Williams combined to put their team ahead of Hoppers, 1-0.
Goalkeeper Elroy Joseph fought hard for his team between the upright but could not prevent the constant attacks from the Greenbay squad.
Veteran Ken Pennyfeather found the equaliser in the 22 minute to restore parity between the teams, 1-1.
Ten minutes later Captain Tamarley “Ziggy” Thomas gave his side the 2-1 lead after outpacing the sweeper and finishing in the left corner.
All three goals were scored in the first half never the less the game still had its fair share of excitement.
And Finally In the Main event:
Parham full speed ahead
Parham fought hard to get the edge over Grenades as both teams provided the crowd with an enthralling encounter.
Defending for Parham Ranja Christian was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle which resulted in a free kick in favour of Grenades. Although the shot was on target goalkeeper (GK) Molvin James’ safe pair of hands made sure that it did not make it across the goal line.
Molvin goalkeeping skills was put to test once more by Grenades #10 Oalex Anderson. His team mate Nazir McBernette (#10) was also busy orchestrating traffic and set plays on behalf of the Asot Michael squad. It was a real treat to watch both number 10’s battling against each other.
Grenades GK, Brent Parker, gave a superb display of his abilities as he was the most active GK coming under heavy attack, but surviving through to the end of the first half
On the resumption of play, we didn’t have to wait long to get back into the action. Gayson “Bubbler” Gregory attempted a miss-timed bicycle kick. One minute later McBernette was replaced due to injury leaving Anderson to continue wreaking havoc down at the other end – spinning, feinting, weaving and creating chances for Grenades.
The contest was really good – Grenades attacking, Parham counter-attacking and the fans on the edge of their seats.
Zacheous Polius with a rocketing free kick, forcing Parker to float backward and tip the ball over the crossbar. Then it was Lawson “Blueboy” Robinson trying to put one past the keeper but his attempt went inches wide.
Persistent Parham would finally get the breakthrough in the 77th minute when Randolph “Etty.”
Burton’s header flew past the almost invincible Parker. Assisted by captain Tevaughn “Peter Reds” Harritette, Burton made sure that Parham would win the battle, 1-0.
Parham moves on to 35 points with their closest competitor Hoppers 4 points behind.
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