Boys Town are one win away from winning the Caribbean Welders Fishing Pond 9-a-side Football League and pocketing $30,000. Two months ago, however, one loss would have seen them miss out from even qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament. But after six straight defeats to start the season, Boys Town have reeled off eight consecutive victories and seemingly can do no wrong even when they do everything wrong.
Facing 2013 champions Dream Team in semifinal one on Saturday, Boys Town turned up two players short to start the game and eventually found themselves in a 0-2 hole. But when reinforcements arrived, Boys Town quickly found their swagger and knotted the scores with a goal on either side of the half.
And with extra time needed to separate the teams, Dream Team, who were the better side in that period inexplicably scored an own goal with their captain Shaquille Edwards heading the ball into his own net to hand their rivals the win 3-2.
Boys Town will face Take That and Cool It in the final on November 19 after ‘Cool It’ dispatched last year’s winners G Madrid 5-4 on kicks from the penalty spot in a nerve-wrecking semifinal two yesterday.A double from G Madrid’s Maurice Billy was cancelled by an own goal and one from Irvin Reyes.
In the penalty shootout, both teams were inseparable after five kicks (4-4) but in sudden death, G Madrid missed their kick and Ryan Baptiste stepped for his team to bang home his effort and book their place in the final.
Starting the game with just seven men on Saturday, Boys Town found themselves trailing after Patrick Parris fired Dream Team in front. Despite finally having their full complement of players on the field, it was soon 0-2 as a throw in from the left found Boys Town’s defence napping. Parris ghosted in at the near post to flick the ball into the net with one touch to stun the Boys Town team and their supporters.
But almost immediately, Boys Town cut the deficit through Isaiah Smith following a mixup between left-back Durrell Navarro and goalie Sheldon Charles. A long ball caused a bit of confusion between the defender and his ‘keeper and Smith muscled his way between them to steal the ball and tap into the vacant net.
Smith had the chance to make it 2-2 after a right-sided cross was chested to him by Aeion Charles on top the box but the forward’s right-footer flashed wide of the left post.
Charles was combining well with his teammates and created chances that went in vain but should have been a bit selfish when bearing down on goal on the left but looked to pass to Smith when a shot would have been the better option as the half ended with them trailing by one goal.
Dream Team were on the ropes but were inches away from another goal through the sheer brilliance of Carlon Nicholas.
A goal kick was taken down on the left by Nicholas and after driving inside, he unleashed a ferocious strike that pinged off the bar with Kenton Thompson in the Boys Town Town goal well beaten.
But with pressure mounting, Boys Town got a deserved equaliser from a set play. A free-kick from the left was taken by Kelon Boatswain and the defender, instead of crossing into the box, curled the ball into the top left of the goal to make it 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
Dream Team, seeing their season slipping away, came out stronger in extra time, pegging Boys Town back but unable to carve out any real chances. And with penalty kicks looming in the second half of extra time, a seemingly harmless right-sided cross caused panic in the Boys Town defence and Edwards, unaware of his surroundings, headed the ball into his own net.
A desperate Dream Team had one last chance to draw level but Jameel Sempel’s cheeky free-kick curled over the wall but rebounded off the bar as time elapsed.