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Chase Academy hoist 1st championship

Milo Under-20 School Football tournament…
By Treiston Joseph


Chase Academy celebrates their huge victory on Tuesday evening (Treiston Joseph photo)

Tuesday evening at the Ministry of Education ground.

In front of a capacity crowd, Chase Academy came out with their regular attacking mentality as they looked to create goals always pushing Dolphin on the back foot.

However, a perfect through ball to landed on the boot of Isaiah Reddy who steered the ball in to the left bottom of the goal to give Dolphin a 1-nil advantage to end the first half.

On resumption it was much of the same story as Chase kept finding holes in the defence of Dolphin and continually exploited them but failed with their finishes while Dolphin never really seemed to find any attacking momentum.

Dolphin would find some life when mid way through the second half; one Chase defender was red carded.

However, Dolphin’s inability to capitalize with their wayward passes allowed Chase to let loose a shot that deflected off of Dolphin’s Amil Cosbert and into the goal for a 2-0 advantage for Chase while it was evident that Dolphin’s confidence had been snuffed out.

Nevertheless, Dolphin salvaged some respect with a goal in the 85th minute from Aleim Murray after two other players were red carded, one each from Chase and Dolphin. Another player from Chase was red carded in the 90th minute that had little impact on the outcome of the game.

With the win, Chase Academy will receive $500,000 towards building a school project of their choice.

Meanwhile in the third place playoff, Lodge Secondary prevailed 2-1 over Morgan Learning Centre (MLC).


Chase Academy’s Captain, Kareem Knights (green bib) dribbles the ball around a defender (Treiston Joseph photo)

Kevin Boters struck in the 15th minute for Lodge while Vermont Munroe equalized in the 35th minute. Ryan Hackett notched the winning goal for Lodge in the 57th minute.

At the presentation ceremony held immediately after the final, Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca who thanked all the stakeholders involved, noted that the final lived up to expectation.

“This was a job well done, it was a very good final and even though I think we have a long way to go we can look back and say we have achieved something,” Mendonca noted.
Brand Manager of Milo stressed that the event showed “Guyana is improving in sport and Milo is proud to be a part of it”.

Reddy was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament at the presentation ceremony after the final.


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