Red Bay A
Truth For Youth A 3
Brandyn Murray (3)
Marlon Mothersill (2)
Following their heartbreaking loss to district rivals George Town primary last week, Red Bay rebounded with an entertaining 5-3 victory over the youthful, well-coached ‘sky blues’ from Truth For Youth (TFY).
Red Bay began the game cautiously, which was unusual for a team possessing such an explosive offensive punch. The effects of the previous weeks’ energy-draining contest with George Town seemed to weigh heavily on the boys from Red Bay. It took some time for Red Bay’s attackers to mount any serious challenges on their opponents’ goal and most ended with a long range shot which never really challenged TFY’s goalkeeper.
As the uneventful first-half came to a close, Red Bay’s confidence grew as their attacking trio began carving out opportunities. Nicholas Ebanks pushed forward from his defensive midfield position, which added to the maroon attack. Finally, Brandyn Murray opened the scoring as he controlled Marlon Mothersill’s sweeping cross before calmly slotting home his team’s first goal of the day.
In truth, the ‘sky blues’ from TFY had played well during the first-half as they repeatedly frustrated their talented opponents and occasionally mounted as few dangerous attacks of their own. Gathering at half time, they seemed somewhat surprised that they were only trailing by a solitary goal. Red Bay on the other hand, were slowly gathering momentum as the first-half wore on and their goal was direct result of some good wing play which Red Bay’s supporters have grown to expect from the youngsters in maroon.
The much-anticipated second half resumed with Red Bay on the attack, pinning TFY in their defensive third. Red Bay’s Jorel Bellafonte and Nicholas Bush were active in the midfield but were caught in possession too many times. TFY’s swarming tactics were causing Red Bay’s midfielders countless problems. Eventually, the Red Bay forwards began exploiting gaps in their opponents defence and Marlon Mothersill finally got on the score sheet as he tapped in Brandyn Murray’s exquisite by-line cross which caught the TFY goalkeeper flatfooted.
2-0 up and coasting, or so it seemed until the sky blues’ Jamal Miller powered a shot goal wards which the out-of-position Cottrell Ellis could only watch as the ball sailed over his head and into the empty net. Up unto this point, Red Bay’s defence of Tacita Berry, Mathew Forrest and Maxwell Thomas, had not been called on much but TFY were growing in confidence as they found themselves again trailing by one goal.
Somewhat stunned but not overly concerned, Red Bay’s attackers surged forward in search of their third goal. It didn’t take long as Brandyn Murray notched his second of the day after again receiving a cross from his strike partner Marlon Mothersill before drifting past two TFY defenders and slamming a shot into the far corner.
To their credit, TFY displayed great resolve as they pushed forward in search of another goal. Jason McLean’s long-range scorcher was handled by Tacita Berry as she raised her arms to protect her face. Penalty! Up trotted goalkeeper Philip Webb who made no mistake as he coolly placed the ball into the left hand corner. 3-2 and lots of time to play. Again, Red Bay concentrated more of their efforts on attacking as defender Maxwell Thomas inched forward on a number of occasions in support of his forwards. Marlon Mothersill soon notched his second of the day as he blasted his team’s fourth goal after finding himself all alone on the right flank.
With the score 4-2 in favour of Red Bay, all seemed lost for the sky blues but Jason McLean had other ideas. His seemingly innocent shot from near half-line trickled through the Red Bay defence and past the stranded Cottrell Ellis before rolling over the line. Could this be the day for TFY? Could they pull off the upset? Joyous celebrations erupted from the TFY support but Red Bay’s dangerman, Brandyn Murray, was not finished. As the clock ticked away, he again showed his skill as he collected yet another pass from strike partner Marlon Mothersill before blasting his shot past the flailing TFY goalkeeper. With the score 5-3, this truly entertaining encounter unfortunately ended, much to the deserved applause from both camps. Even referee Ronnie Roache expressed his satisfaction with the level of play and commitment from both teams.
What a Saturday to remember. Red Bay had shaken off the effects from last weeks’ loss to George Town, and although letting in three goals, they generally seemed to be in control of the game. Brandyn Murray and Marlon Mothersill were the standouts as they linked-up well with each other, each complimenting the other with some fine passing and deadly finishing. TFY were by no means outplayed and displayed mountains of grit and determination; compliments to Coach Irvin and the TFY following as they encouraged their troops to the end. Coach Irvin has done a splendid job with his team. Faced with limited resources and few experienced players, he has moulded an enthusiastic set of youngsters who look forward to just playing football every Saturday morning.