Bethesda gained a point against Ottos Rangers, thanks to a rocket of a strike from Douvia Twaites with five minutes from time in the ABFA, Imobile First Division yesterday.
Ottos Rangers labored to Bethesda to play away in a game that both teams needed to win to revamp slumping seasons.
The visitors took the lead, a junior Benjamin goal 21 minutes into the match leaving the home team to play catch up early.
Despite numerous attempts at equalizing, the Ottos Rangers defense held strong, even against the weight of the offencive onslaught, encouraged by the home fans.
Ottos Rangers though took the lead into the break.
They looked to double the advantage but were unable to do so.
That failure to increase the lead left the door open for Bethesda who took full advantage.
And when the home team came knocking, it broke the door down with pace, accuracy and vengeance, a ‘rocket’ from Twaites.
The lanky player released from about 25 yards out, a blast that sounded more like a supersonic boom, than a football ‘shot.’
There was the sound of “boom” as the shot rang out from distance.
In a flash an object flew from among a crowd of players and a ‘missile’ rocketed into the back of the Rangers’ net, and just like that the game was tied.
Well, something like that.
The ‘blast’ was time was followed by shouts and screams as a jubilant home crowd celebrated, urging the home team to look for a victory, which never came.
It was such a fantastic goal that Bethesda’s coach Everton “Say” Meade commented after the game that ‘it’s a long time I have not reacted the way I did to a goal.”
Needless to say he was jumping up and down on the sidelines celebrating with players on the bench and members of the Bethesda ‘fan club.’
Meade was beside himself as he reminisced those days at Lion Hill Spliff playing alongside men like Tull Warner who scored many ‘rockets during his time.
“That was a great goal, only man like Tull hit them,” said Meade, who despite the point was extremely critical of the way the team’s present form.
“We are not discipline in our preparation and that has caused us to play inconsistent football.”
At one point Bethesda was lurking at the top of the division standings but following the last three games, Bethesda has faltered, with no real sign of revival.
Bethesda gained two points in three encounters.
First, Lion Hill got a late goal to tie in a game the home team looked destined to win before going down 1-2 to Celtics before yesterday’s draw.
On Sunday, Bethesda travel to King George to take on Five Islands in what Meade insists is a must win game for his team.
“We have to win,” he explained.
“If we are to be one of the top teams in this division we must start winning now and continue to win for the rest of the season.”
The coach understands however that in order for Bethesda to turn around its fortunes, the players must improve their attitudes.
“We have a number of senior players who are not carrying their weight,” the coach said, not making any excuses for his players.
“In addition a lot of the younger players are very talented but their commitment to training is poor.
“This is going to take a collective effort if we are to get things turned around.
“I will play my part and the players have to do the same.
“When it’s time for practice the guys, most of whom live in the village must show up.”
Meade lives in Cobbs Cross, English Harbour and journeys to Bethesda on a daily basis to get his team ready for competition.
He thinks that it is not much to ask the players to do the same.
Well Sunday will tell.