Village fall short
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
An energetic Village United were unable to sustain their strong start in their Digicel Premier League (DPL) encounter as they played to a 1-1 draw with St Georges at the Elliston Wakeland Centre yesterday.
Midfielder Everette Mullings opened the scoring for the home team with a fantastic strike in the 24th minute, while substitute Waheem Walker pulled St Georges level with an equally brilliant curler from the corner flag.
The home team were out of their blocks early as the strike pair of schoolboy Allan Ottey and Maricio Gordon gave the St Georges defence - marshalled by national representative Jermaine Taylor - a good workout. But it was the all-action midfielder Fitzroy Campbell, who really caught the eye with his play.
After a number of half chances in a half that they clearly dominated, Mullings lit up the gloomy day with his wonder strike. Under a challenge from Ottey, a defender only succeeded in getting the ball to Mullings who was just inside the box. With his back to goal, he pulled off an acrobatic overhead kick which flew past goalkeeper Randall Huie and hit the net.
The second half was a totally different story as driven forward by the captain Taylor, who looked a class above everyone on the field, St Georges took the fight to Village United.
Walker gave St Georges the equaliser they deserved when he swung in a left-footed corner from the right side which, with the help of the breeze, befuddled Hart.
Braxton Hyre, St Georges' coach, said the result was a fair one.
"I think it is a fair result. We got some opportunities and half chances that we did not convert," he said. "It was a competitive game and you could see the energy of the young Village team in the first half. They faded in the second half and we stepped up our game and could have won."
Village's Paul Davis said his players are improving.
"They played with much more energy but the youngsters need to gel a little bit more. But that will take time.
"The fitness is getting there but you could see that we lapsed in the final 20 minutes of the game and conceded the goal," he explained.