Foundation edge HC in thriller
The struggle continued for Harrison College as they suffered their fourth straight defeat Monday, losing 4-3 to hosts Christ Church Foundation in the ongoing Coca Cola-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Under-19 Football League.
Playing under heavy showers Harrison College were on the ball from as early as the third minute compliments a penalty taken by striker Reymar Walters. Rashawn Thomas shook the nets in the 17th minute to make it 2-0 to the visitors and that certainly boosted their confidence that their season’s fortunes were about to change.
Foundation never looked their usual attacking selves early in the game. But halfway through the encounter they began to hold their own, winning a number of free kicks and corners thanks to the pressure they placed on Harrison College’s defenders.
With just under two minutes to play in the opening half Foundation just missed out on the equalizer to the groans of disappointment of their supporters. It all came about when Shaquem John-Ruck took a left side corner kick that found the boot of national under-17 footballer Cliff Gooding-Edghill who connected well but was denied by Harrison College’s custodian Ahijah Hill. He ended up spilling the ball and Jaden Moore failed to take advantage with a header that went wide.
Eight minutes into the second half Foundation were intent on pressing Harrison College to get back in the game. The comeback started with defender Gooding-Edghill with the goal of the day in the 48th minute, a long range scorcher that flew past Hill like a rocket for the equalizer.
Unfortunately for the visitors Steffon Doyle was sent packing with a red card that left them at a disadvantage with only ten players.
Foundation earned themselves another free kick which was taken by Gooding-Edghill and he was bang on target. Hill clearly was not having a good time with the gloves for Harrison College as he spilled the ball yet again under the wet conditions and Natari Worrell, with his first of two goals, was in place to bury the rebound in the 58th minute.
Goal number three for Foundation came four minutes later in the 62nd when Edghill took a well directed free kick that Jahiem Grant met with a header and placed it one bounce past goalkeeper Hill.
That made the score 3-2 but those celebrations lasted briefly as Harrison College responded with the equalizer through Walters with his second goal to bring the scores back to parity.
Foundation had the final say as they relentlessly attacked Harrison College’s three-man defence of Dominic Hart, Jonathan Wallerson and Caleb Barrow. The Crumpton Street lads were unable to prevent Worrell from speeding his way through their back line in the 70th minute and with a deft right foot touch he won the game for Foundation.