Zebras and Archers to face off in Charles Marshall Under-17 Cup final
Jared Lines and Caleb McDowall stole the show on Saturday to lead PHC Zebras and Warwick Archers into the Charles Marshall Under-17 Cup Final.
PHC beat Somerset Trojans 3-0 in the opening match at Goose Gosling Field and Warwick Archers followed up with a 4-1 defeat of North Village.
Lines opened the scoring for Zebras against Trojans in the opening semi-final, tapping home the rebound after a powerful low strike by Kyndé Mallory was well saved by goalkeeper Makal Robinson.
Just before the half-hour, Zebras nearly doubled their lead. Mallory was found well by Joshua Joseph. However, he lashed his strike off the crossbar. By this stage, Zebras looked on top and dominated possession for large periods of the first half, going in with a slender lead.
Once the second half started, Trojans came out with renewed energy. They got into some excellent positions in the first ten minutes but made poor decisions in the final third. PHC put them to the sword just before the hour on the break, when Marco Scott played a lovely through-ball for Lines, who smashed his shot high into the near corner to double their lead.
Nasir Ray-Georges had the best chance to halve the deficit. However, the left winger miscued his kick from just outside the six-yard box. Ray would then get booked for a heavy challenge on Zaire Weller. Tyler Welch finished the game well for the presumed hosts, cutting inside to slot into the bottom corner just before the end.
Sakai Tatem was sent off in the final moments for dissent after making a reckless challenge, to add salt to the wounds of a tough defeat for Trojans.
PHC assistant coach Shaki Trott was delighted with the workrate of his team. “We didn’t play our best,” Trott said. “Despite that, we have some very hard workers.”
In the second match, North Village started the stronger against Warwick Archers . Wahhaj Shakir missed his volley after a lovely cross by Jayden Coleman in the fourth minute. However, following that early chance, Archers played some lovely possession football. Archers looked more likely to edge in front, as the first half ended goalless.
The second half began in a bizarre manner, with Village midfielder Harry Twite attempting to pass back to Omari DeShields. However, the unfortunate goalkeeper fell and the ball rolled into the empty net. Archers took full advantage of that slice of luck, doubling their lead when Najee Edwards flicked in a deflected cross by McDowall.
Edwards would then be fouled in the penalty area just before the hour, McDowall slotting in the penalty for 3-0. Minutes later, Archers made it four in ten minutes when Lee played through for the captain, McDowall, who drove his shot past DeShields.
Village then pushed for some respectability in the score. Shakir missed a header, substitute Chyonne Thompson had a shot saved and Aaron Booth missed a few shots wide. However, just before the end, they got the goal their work deserved, Twite picking up the loose ball, weaving past a few defenders and placing his shot into the far corner.
Archers coach Danté Leverock, the Bermuda captain, was pleased with his side’s performance. “Village started bright,” he said. “We absorbed pressure, worked hard, and knew we could score goals.”
The final will be played at National Stadium on Wednesday in front of the Dudley Eve Trophy final.