Academy SC beat George Town SC 2-1 Saturday night at the Annex, in a contentious match which included three yellow cards, several altercations and more than 20 fouls.

The first half of the game was scoreless. However, three minutes into the second half, Academy’s Trey Ebanks opened the scoring. George Town SC put the ball in the net in the 60th minute, but that was quickly called off as an offside. One minute later, Andres Ruiz, after just being subbed in, scored, to bring the game level.

In the 68th minute, a penalty was given in favour of Academy. George Town head coach Garth Anderson was not pleased with the decision, lashing out at the fourth official, which almost led to a card. Romario Dixon stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball in, leading to the final 2-1 scoreline.

“It’s really frustrating to know the refs were making terrible calls,” said George Town SC head coach Garth Anderson. “All I’m asking for is for the referees to give us a fair chance, because even the penalty, that was a wrong call. It was not a penalty; the ball was running out, and it was wide away from goal. There’s no way that he could’ve played it in or played it back to anyone and it was minimum contact, which is unfortunate and harsh. So yes, I’m very frustrated.”

Referee Jonathan Hughes breaking up one of many confrontations during George Town SC vs. Academy SC match. Photos: Seaford Russell Jr.

Academy head coach Aleksander Kocic said after the match, “Firstly, I would like to congratulate the boys on their performance today; that’s our fourth win in a row. I thought the game was aggressive, yes, because we were the young team and those guys on the other team are older. So, they were trying to intimidate us, and they got frustrated because they couldn’t keep up with us on the field in terms of our fitness.

“So, they tried to use their physicality on us but, at the end of the day, we showed even as a young team, we had more maturity and we got the win.”

But Anderson pointed to the officiating in the loss. “There was a lot of fouls and a lot of calls that we didn’t get, and we should’ve gotten,” he said. “They are biased towards us but there’s nothing we can do about it. If players are getting frustrated, there’s nothing a coach can do from the sidelines. It doesn’t matter if you tell them to keep calm during confrontations … The other coach doesn’t understand because the refs aren’t calling fouls on his team. It’s just favouritism for him.”

In other games, after two consecutive losses, Scholars ISC beat Latinos FC 4-1, in a high-stakes match, with the winner taking second place in the CIFA league. North Side suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of East End UFC.

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