Wales, Rendezvous for final
battle lines drawn for championship cup
In a matter of days Weymouth Wales or Rendezvous will be $20 000 richer after securing their respective places in the Banks Beer Championship Cup final.
At the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf on Sunday, University of the West Indies Blackbirds were unable to reach the final after Wales plucked their feathers with a 2-0 victory in the first of two semi-final games.
Mackeson Brittons Hill suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Rendezvous in the second semi-final showdown.
However, the first match captured much attention and the men from Carrington Village took the lead after earning a free kick taken by captain Jabar Greene in the 14th minutes. Greene made no mistake when he took a right foot shot from about 30 yards out and curled the ball past UWI custodian Kwame Haynes who jumped to his right in an effort to clear the ball but had no chance.
Two minutes later and Kemar Headley almost made it 2-0 with a long range shot but UWI goalkeeper Haynes made the save. Wales in their customary green were very attacking and in the 30th minute got their reward through national player Jomo Harewood who capitalized on a build-up from the middle and with enough room decided to take aim and scored to give his side a 2-0 lead at half time.
Mario Harte’s men went in search of a goal when the second half commenced and ran at the opposition’s defence. That proved costly for Wales’ central defender Jamar Walters who a red card from referee Gillian Martindale in the 59th minute for a dangerous tackle on one of UWI’s top strikers Jairo Lombardo. One would have thought that UWI would have capitalized on Wales being at a disadvantage but goalkeeper Omari Eastmond had a good night with a few fantastic saves and was ably supported by defenders Dwayne Peters, Jadai Clarke and company.
Rendezvous were just as thirsty and made it look so easy against Fabian Wharton’s men who had a large support team that began to file out in disappointment even before the game finished.
Rendezvous strikers Romano Snagg and Shandel Samuel were the main weapons starting with Snagg in the 22nd minute. Rendezvous played down the left flank and did well to break inside the 18-yard box where Snagg was in possession of the ball and had enough time to nail it into the right far post after Brittons Hill goalkeeper Tennyson Mings who misjudged the play left his line.
Brittons Hill found the equalizer when Rommel Bynoe got past Rendezvous defensive team of Roy Richards and Oscar Nero easily and squared to Walton Burrowes who finished the job in the 37th minute to level the scores at 1-1 heading into the second half.
Rendezvous’ customary touch-and-go style of play eventually gave them the advantage once more in the 61st when they played the ball through the middle and Atkins with a great pass allowed Samuels to chip the ball over keeper Mings’ head.
Brittons Hill on the other hand utilized the flanks in an effort to get the ball inside the 18-yard box but Rendezvous slowed them down each time with decent defending. In the 80th minute Samuels scored his second goal of the night when he went one on one with Brittons Hill’s keeper for another easy goal.
Then the men in yellow broke away with the ball once more and Rendezvous strikers Dwayne Stanford and Snagg had a combination of passes between them until Snagg found his way inside the box in the 85th minute and placed another inside the goal bars to seal the game.