A lively and energetic Grace Wesleyan travelled to the capital on Saturday and defeated a well-organised Crusader team from Triple C with the U-9s coming out on top 1-0 and the U-11s winning convincingly 6-3.
The young U-9s took to the field and set the tempo for the day. Goals were hard to come by but not for a lack of effort as both schools entertained the small crowd in attendance. Triple C’s Jaryd Stewart and Tareek McLaughlin led their team forward but were unable to penetrate the tough Grace Wesleyan defence who many times over protected their goalkeeper and frustrated their opponents.
On the other side of the ball, Cline Glidden Jr. ran rampant as he was well supported by his teammates and shouldered most of the burden for his young, inexperienced pals. Not one to disappoint, Cline showed all his experience as he finally broke through Triple C’s defensive pack and coolly slotted home the games only goal. Finding themselves behind but not beaten, the young Crusaders from Triple C searched for the equaliser but it was not to be as Grace Wesleyan claimed the victory.
With their younger counterparts setting the standard for the morning, the U-11 encounter was destined to be the highlight of the day. It certainly got off to a great start for the visitors who scored the quickest goal of the season thus far. Cline Glidden Jr. was again the hero as he took the kick-off and weaved his way through a static and somewhat ‘sleepy’ Crusader team scoring his team’s first goal in all of 35 seconds. This wake-up call triggered the Crusaders into action and Romario Dixon levelled the scoring by the second minute. Two goals in the space of two minutes… game on! Not to be outdone, Grace Wesleyan pushed forward and were again rewarded as that man again, Cline Glidden Jr., netted his second of three goals on the day as the Triple C defence seemed to be cemented in a state of shock. Grace’s Jamal Seymour on the right flank was also unstoppable on the day as his speed and dribbling were unmatched. Just before halftime, Franklin Orrett made it 3-1 before Jamal added his first of the day.
Down 4-1 with an entire half to play, the boys from Triple C never gave in and searched for anything that would get them back in the game, but it just wasn’t their day. Cline Glidden Jr. and Jamal Seymour continued to test the Crusader defence and were justly rewarded as Jamal completed his hat trick with two well taken goals. Romario Dixon replied for Triple C adding his second of the game before Jaryd Stewart cut the lead in half. Triple C battled on but Grace’s defence held out with goalkeeper Stephan Pita producing some wonderful saves to keep his opponents at bay.
6-3 it ended as Grace Wesleyan walked away with a well-deserved victory. Triple C were left contemplating what could have been, especially playing at home, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Both teams played some good, entertaining football, which thrilled the small crowd and added to the aura that is ‘the powerful game’!