Santos Masters stop August Town in mid-season final
Santos Masters came from a goal down to stop August Town 3-1 in the 2016 Masters League mid-season final at Winchester Park last Sunday.
August Town took the lead in the 10th minute when former national player Kevin 'Pele' Wilson out jumped his marker and headed home a cross from Ricardo Monroe past a diving Russell Hosang in goal.
The action was fast and furious throughout the game as play shifted from end to end. Kevin Lamey, Fabian Nethersole and Locksley Thompson all failed to convert easy early chances for Santos Masters as goalkeeper Horace Fairclough was at his best.
Russell Hosang was also busy in goal for Santos and he kept August Town from increasing their lead as he denied Cornel Chin Sue, Monroe and Wilson with some excellent saves.
Santos, however, were level in the 30th minute Nethersole went on a solo dribble down the left flank. He went past two defenders and cut back the ball to Kevin Lamey in the six yards box and the latter shot past Fairclough in goal. The half ended 1-1.
The game got very physical in the second half with Lamey receiving some hard tackles from David Laylor, Gerald Neil and Desmond Wright on the resumption. Lamey finally lost his cool after he was roughed up in the 60th minute and he retaliated and was shown a red card.
This turned out to be was a blessing in disguise for the Santos team. August Town, now feeling that they had the advantage with eleven players, lost their shape and discipline as they abandoned there defence game and went for the go ahead goal. Two swift counter-attacks, in the 72nd and 75th minutes, sealed the match for Santos.
On both occasions Thompson broke from midfield and played through the speedy Nethersole who outran his marker on each occasion to slot past the advancing substitute goalkeeper Donovan Walker to give Santos a 3-1 victory. Nethersole has now scored 18 times this season.
The competition continues on Sunday the knockout quarter-finals. Park Rovers will play Eastern at 2:30 p.m. and Santos meet Above Rocks at 4 p.m. at NWC playfield. In two other matches at Winchester Park, Nannyville will first play Real Mona at 2:30 p.m. before defending champions Constant Spring face Nautica at 4 p.m.