Juicy Juice U-13: Back-to-back wins for Diamond United, Agricola & Herstelling
Diamond United continued their dream run in the East Bank Football Association (EBFA)/Juicy Juice Under-13 League by posting their second win of the weekend and have also assumed the top spot on the points table, a feat they have never done at any level since their formation.
The United lads romped to a come from behind 4-1 win over Samatta Point/Kaneville on Sunday afternoon to follow up on their 10-1 triumph over Hararuni Eagles on Saturday at the same venue, Timehri Red Ground.
Also achieving back-to-back wins at the weekend were Agricola Red Triangle, who have now moved into the third place overall, and Herstelling Raiders, who recorded the first wins of the league; they are now into the six place spot of the 10-team league.
Diamond started tentatively against the Samatta Point/Kaneville side and found themselves trailing after only the first minute of the clash, Denzel Hunte putting Samatta Point ahead. Despite falling behind, Diamond kept their composure and was able to equalise from the penalty spot on 19 minutes, Joel Ross levelling the score.
The score line remained locked at 1-1 on the half hour halftime break and it was all Diamond United in the second half as they controlled proceedings, scoring three unanswered goals through strikes from Shaquan Joseph with a double in the 37th and 52nd minutes; Rick Ramatar added his name to the score sheet in the 49th minute.
Agricola pieced together their fourth win in as many matches – a 6-0 win over Swan Football Club- and again orchestrating the victory was the league’s leading goal scorer, Eon Daniels, who netted a helmet-trick and has blasted a total of 19 goals in four matches.
Daniels got into the fray after Floyd Boyce opened the scoring on five minutes with goals in the 18th, 19th, 22nd and 59th minute from the penalty spot. Small in stature but playing like a seasoned campaigner, Seon Grant also tucked in one for the Agricola boys in the 38th minute from the spot, pushing the ball wide to the left of Swan’s goalkeeper and captain, Kevon De Goias.
Herstelling Raiders, having lost two matches on the trot, found the winning formula to notch up two wins at the weekend. They took care of Kuru Kururu Warriors 4-1 on Saturday and followed up on Sunday with a 2-1 triumph over Hararuni Eagles.
This win was set up by Albert Adams, who accounted for both goals on either side of play, in the 26th and 52nd minutes. The Eagles, in their first tournament, had found the equaliser in the 45th minute but soon after, the Raiders restored the one goal advantage which they held on to until the final whistle was sounded.
Timehri Panthers continued their winning ways when they posted their fifth win in as many starts, a 2-0 victory over neighbours, Soesdyke Falcons. Omar Sam in the 22nd minute and Joshua Clenkian in the 29th minute were the goal scorers for the young Panthers against a tough Soesdyke line-up.
The other match on Sunday saw Diamond Upsetters marching to their biggest win of the league to date via a 6-1 scoreline against Kuru Kururu Warriors. Mario Richards started the ball rolling scoring wise in the second minute and he was followed by Shancie Mc Cracken in the fifth minute and Abdullah Amin in the 19th minute.
Shaquan Gilkes was on target in the 41st minute after which Mohamed Amin struck back-to-back goals in the 43rd and 52nd minutes. The Warriors were able to pull one back through Tireek Agard in the 49th minute. Action will continue this weekend at the same venue.