Wildey are Masters champs
Wildey Masters are the champions of this years’ Exactly Unified Sports Club Masters Football Classic after defeating Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame Masters 1-0 at the Lumber Company Ground over the weekend.
A 59th minute strike from Adrian Mayers was all it took for Wildey to turn back a spirited challenge from a determined Notre Dame outfit.
Despite dominating the opening half, Wildey was unable to make a breakthrough. They won several free kicks early on which kept Notre Dame’s defenders and goalkeeper, Gregg Jones extremely busy. Those attacks were led mostly by former national senior captain, Gregory “Lalu” Goodridge, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
After a scoreless first half, both teams came out attacking in the second period.
Dames favoured the right flank to launch their attacks, while Wildey opted to play a counter-attacking game, which caught their opponent’s defenders napping at times.
The breakthrough eventually came 14 minutes after resumption, sending Wildey’s supporters into a frenzy.
After conceding a corner, another quick counter-attack by Wildey presented an opportunity which Mayers took full advantage of.
The clearance was sent down the field and Wildey’s midfielder Adrian Mayers quickly took advantage. After winning posession, he proceeded to take on a Dames defender and Jones.
However, a mixup between the two teammates saw them collidinginto each other, allowing Mayers to boot the ball into the back of the nets
Dames failed to make a come-back, which allowed Wildey to walk away with the first placed prize of $4,000 while the boys from Bayland took home $2,500.
In the third placed play-off, Paradise won 12-11 on penalties against Empire to earn themselves $1,500.
Empire had earlier opened the score in the 16th minute through Andrew Tudor, but seven minutes later Wesley Alleyne equalized for Paradise. Earlinton Leacock then gave Paradise the lead with a 29th minute strike.
A heated exchange in the second half saw Tudor along with Anderson Prescod of Paradise both being sent off.
Russell Norville then equalized for Empire in the 64th minute, to make it 2-2, and the score remained unchanged after regulation and overtime.
Mayers was named Best-Midfielder, Jones won the award for Best Goalkeeper, Kelvin Browne of Dames was the Best Defender and Michael Forde of Royalty Masters captured the award for Most Goals.