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Hunt’s heroics save West

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Quinaceo Hunt was the toast of the dressing room after his timely save in sudden death penalties enabled West to retain their Bermuda School Sports Federation senior boys all-star title at the National Sports Centre last night.

Hunt saved Darin Woolridge's effort to see the West through to a 7-6 victory on penalties.

Jahzardae Samuels, Maquille Walker, Jahnazae Swan, Tahjae Webb, D'Shun Hendrickson, Llineiko Millett and Jamel Amory all converted from the spot for the West.

Za'Khan Parsons, Jahkari Furbert, Christian Albouy, Matthew Bacon, Zuhri Burgess and Nathan Rego replied for the East before Hunt's intervention signalled game over.

The final scoreline from the penalty shootout was a reflection of how close this encounter was between two evenly matched teams boasting players with Premier Division experience under their belts.

Both teams put on a superb exhibition of defending and moved the ball fluently around the pitch, but lacked cutting edge in the final third.

Hunt was called into action early, the goalkeeper racing off his line to clear the ball off Rego who failed to convert on a breakaway.

The close call seemed to awaken the West, who had an effort ruled out for offside when Omari Tucker struck the post and Swan tapped in the rebound standing in an offside position.

Swan then turned the East defence inside out before rolling the ball just inches wide of the far post, and had another effort saved on the line by Woolridge in a goalless first half.

The East were the better team after the break and with better finishing they could have easily had the match sewn up in regulation time.

Furbert had a free kick sail just wide of the target before linking up with Rego whose diving header was saved.

West had a good spell midway through the second half with Tucker and Swan having shots blocked inside the six-yard box.

Both teams continued to carve out chances as the match dragged on towards penalties with the West going close when Webb struck the post.

Walker then had a powerful header saved by Conor White, the East goalkeeper, and Andre Iro's shot from close range blocked by a timely tackle.

There was further controversy during the penalty shootout after the West had two attempts saved only for Augustus to order the kicks to be retaken.

However, Hunt's fortunes ultimately took a turn for the better when he guessed right to deny Woolridge in sudden death and seal his team's hard-fought win.

TEAMS

East All-Stars: C White, N Rego, D Woolridge, J Smith, M Burchall, Z Burgess, C Albouy, Z Parsons, J Furbert, A Iro, S Weymeyer, X Outerbridge, S Dill, M Bacon.

West All-Stars: Q Hunt, M walker, J Samuels, J Amory, D Dowling, T Webb, D Hendrickson, L Millett, O Tucker, R Ahronson, Z Foley, A Furbert, J Swan

Referee: A Augustus

Close quarters: Maquille Walker, centre, and Christian Albouy, left, challenge for the ball at National Stadium(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 06, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated February 05, 2016 at 11:25 pm)

Hunt’s heroics save West

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