After spending some time training and being uncertain of when and if the SKNFA Digicel Premier League will begin our performance in our opening match which saw us come up against Cayon FC showcased a poor match by the club. This day saw the club fielding players in different positions as we looked to form a different formula to get success but things didn’t go as planned.
It was the debut match for our Brazilian head coach Glemerson Maartins and it was also his birthday so a win would have been ideal for the occasion. We started out shaky but got it together for a few minutes before we lost it again.
The first half of the match saw a limited amount of chances on goal but the chances were close encounters with Carlos Bertie coming the closest when he struck the crossbar with an overhead kick which left the opposing goalkeeper rooted to the ground.
Moments later we were rewarded an indirect free kick inside the penalty but it was poorly executed as the shot by Shaquille Adams went well wide of the mark. The next best chance fell to Adolphus Jones who’s usual position is in goal but was played on the field today due to a lack of available players. The first half saw a few more chances but they were always lacking and end product.
Having squandered those chances it wasn’t a surprise when Cayon FC took the lead just before halftime when winger Ahmad Nicholls got beaten by his man who sent in a teasing low cross which was parried by goalkeeper Zeleon Morton who saw helplessly saw the rebound fell in the path of two opposing players one of which took the initiative of slotting the ball into the net to give his team a 1-0 lead going into the halftime interval.
The second half saw a much different team offensively and defensively as the players were eager to get a positive result from the match. Once again we were creating chances after chance but our old habit of not finishing them was haunting us, it was looking like an opening day loss for the club. Our blushes were spare late into the match as Carlos Bertie broke free of his markers and finished his chance with relative ease. It was a very memorable goal in which he scored as he made it look easy. Moments before the match ended we came close to gathering all three points but a headed effort by substitute Marc Manners went over the crossbar. He should have done better as the chance came from no more than two yards out and we were forced to share the spoils.
One notable mention from the match was the defensive play of makeshift defensive midfielder on the day Adolphus Jones who put in an outstanding performance which kept us in the match.