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Defending champions Take That and Cool had to settle for a point on Saturday against Dream Team as the 2017 season of the Caribbean Welders Fishing Pond Football League kicked off with a battle between the present and past winners.

Dream Team had the perfect start to their day, easily winning the annual march past of teams and collecting $1,000. And with the first cash prize in the bag, Dream Team began their pursuit of the $30,000 first prize versus Take That and Cool It.

Dream Team began more aggressive and fired the first shot at goal after bustling forward Jade Allmon spread the ball wide left to Andre Jordan to try his luck from distance but his shot sailed over the bar. 

Allmon should have made it 1-0 soon when a low left-sided cross found him in the box but his effort was charged down by the defence. 

The “Cool It” midfield was being overrun and Dream Team again had another gilt-edge chance courtesy some neat one-touch football but Andros Cassanova’s shot was pushed wide for a corner. Despite their slow start, “Cool It” almost went ahead through former Pro League player Brendon Figuera. 

Left-winger Shandon Joseph was finding no joy down the flank but caught the Dream Team defence napping with a cross whipped in to the far post where Figuera collected and checked onto his left foot but blasted overbar with the goalie at his mercy. 

“Cool It” were looking dangerous on set pieces and caused Dream Team problems with long throws from Perry Parris finding the heads of Arkido Joseph and former national player Anthony Wolfe but their headers weren’t on target. 

Dream Team were still looking the better team and they eventually went ahead through another sustained period of pressure. Edwards, who had just fizzed a right-footer past the right post, showed good awareness to attack a low cross by Allmon from the right and tuck in first time into the net to make it 1-0. 

Dream Team were looking in control but seemed to relax as the half-time whistle approached. A defensive lapse saw Wolfe pick up the ball just outside the penalty area and the 2006 World Cup player drove forward but dragged his shot wide. Another give-away soon after was punished by “Cool It”, Figuera receiving the ball on the right and again drifting inside onto his left. 

His curling effort was stopped by goalie Tavarous Boswell but Wolfe was on hand to clean up the rebound and restore parity. 

There would be no further goals in the second half as both teams did enough to secure a point for their efforts. 

Action reusmes this weekend with games at the Fishing Pond Recreation Ground and the North Oropouche Ground. 

Weekend fixtures:

Saturday

Alescon FC vs Boys Town (4pm) - Fishing Pond Ground Xpress vs SP Boys (6pm) - North Oropouche Ground North Orpouche vs Cool It (8pm) - North Oropouche Ground Sunday Two Touch FC vs El Carmen 45 FC United (4pm) - Fishing Pond Ground Alliance FC vs Gremio (6pm) - North Oropouche Ground Dragon vs Manzan FC (8pm) - North Oropouche Ground