Someone remarked that, just five minutes before, WASA Clean & White were under the gun and seemed headed for defeat, so swift had the tide turned when they hosted Maraval Youth Academy in a Sportworld National Super League match on Wednesday at St Joseph.
WASA were tottering on the verge of collapse and waiting to be put away, before scoring three times in the last 15 minutes to win the seven-goal thriller by a 4-3 margin.
After squandering several early chances, mainly through strikers Darren Lewis and Alvis Faura, WASA Clean & White took the lead in the 27th minute when Faura swept in a low cross from Billy Dee Scanterbury.
But, two minutes later, Maraval Youth Academy pulled level against the run of play with a low Clinton Corbin shot which completely wrong-footed Douglas McNeilly in the WASA goal.
The home team continued to make the running without getting the ball into the net and were stung again on the beak by Sherwyn Waldron, who put in a rebound after McNeilly had saved an earlier shot.
Once in front, the Maraval team finally settled down and started to knock the ball around with confidence against a then quite jaded Clean & White.
Showing far more urgency that their more illustrious opponents, Maraval further extended their lead in the 68th minute through midfielder Wesley Noreiga, who looked their best player. Collecting a short pass from Colan Gomez inside the penalty area, the Maraval No.10 pushedthe ball wide of keeper McNeilly to give his team a 3-1 lead. And seconds later, Maraval seemed set to complete just their third victory of the season when Waldron drew well clear of the WASA defence. He should have finished the game off as a contest, but Waldron seemed more interested in playing around and eventually had his shot touched away by McNeilly's outstretched legs.
His teammate Akintunde Felicien was mad as hell in the Maraval goal and let Waldron know fully well how he felt.
The blatant miss came back to haunt the Maraval team when WASA scored three goals in the last 15 minutes to win the match. When down 3-1, the hosts looked well beaten, but when Marvin Joseph made it 3-2 in the 75th with a low shot off an upright, WASA sprang to life.
Former Joe Public man Adrian Narine came on as a substitute and met Anthony Danoolal's cross with a downward header to level the score at 3-3 in the 80th minute.
Having lost the lead, Maraval still looked likely to go away with a point, but with just three minutes to go, Billy Dee Scanterbury tried his luck from midway into the Maraval half and came up with a stinging shot which dipped over keeper Felicien into the roof of the net.
WASA CLEAN & WHITE -Douglas McNeilly (Goalkeeper), Anthony Danoolal, Darren Lewis, Billy Dee Scanterbury, Kevon Henry, Kien Hernandez, Kevin Daniel, Jesse Reyes, Keston Thomas, Alvis Faura, David George. Subs: Alvin Beharry, Bernard McCall, Kenrick Morris, Stephen Pierre, Marvin Joseph, Steffan Peters, Brian Bain.
MARAVAL YOUTH ACADEMY-Akintunde Felicien (Goalkeeper), Stefon Quashie Colan Gomez, Wesley noreiga, Lorance davis, Dustin Felician, Clinton Corbin, Terrence Chrichlow, Christian Augustine, Machel Cromwell, Christian Augustine, Desrond Ambrose. Subs: Jameel Alexander, Kefim Defreitas, Dion Hernandez, Clint Alfred.
WEDNESDAY'S NATIONAL SUPER LEAGUE RESULTS:
PLIPDECO CARONI FC. 1 (Jason Cudjoe, 89th ) vs CRAB CONNECTION FC. 2 (Marvin Oliver, 43rd; Rennee Britto , 52nd)
WASA CLEAN & WHITE 4 (Alvris Faura, 27th; Marvin Joseph, 75th; Alvin Beharry, 80th; Billydee Scantlebury, 87th) vs MARAVAL YOUTH ACADEMY 3 (Clinton Corbin, 29th; Sherwin Waldron, 39th; Wesley Noriega, 68th )
M & M HARVARD 1 (Damian Pompey, 44th) vs COUVA PLAYERS UNITED 2 (Quami Knights , 3rd & 64th )
SUPERSTAR RANGERS FC. 3 (Marlon Bowen, 21st ; Sayed Freitas, 78th; Akudu Goodridge, 81st). vs POLICE FC. 0