Seba rejoin Reno with 2-0 victory over Exidus
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Mid-season champions Seba United rejoined Reno FC atop the standings in the 12-team 2009-10 Captain's Bakery & Grill Western Super Football League on Tuesday afternoon when they carved out an easy 2-0 win over Exidus FC in their rescheduled game at Bounty Hall Community Centre, Trelawny
In a game they dominated and squandered numerous chances, the Hopeton Gilchrist-coached Seba scored their goals through overlapping defender Damion Nelson and the prolific Jeremy Bucknor.
Seba's season record now stands at 10 wins and two draws (32 points) - the same as Reno.
"Our plan coming into this game was to take all three points and get a few goals," said Gilchrist. "We got the three points but did not get as many goals as I thought we should."
In a dazzling opening stanza in which they had the Exidus team on the run, Seba created numerous scoring opportunities but indecisive finishing let them down. One particularly glaring miss came in the 17th minute when Alton Shaw got behind the Exidus defence but fired powerfully over the crossbar.
Midway the half, Exidus wasted back-to-back chances in the 23rd and 26th minutes through Adrian Walker. First, he got away before the goal but surrendered possession under pressure. Second, he won possession in a goalmouth melee but fired tamely at the goalkeeper.
Seba took the lead in the 37th minute when a savage grounder by Omar Christie flashed across the face of the goal and the overlapping Nelson side-footed it into the goal from the edge of the penalty area, making the half-time score 1-0.
Exidus just missed drawing level seconds into the second half. Walker got away before the goal but hesitated and then had his shot blocked by the alert goalkeeper Neil Lynch who left his line smartly to execute the save.
In the 59th minute, Seba should have scored when Wilfred Smith dribbled round the goalkeeper but had his weak shot cleared off the goal line.
Exidus countered immediately but Zeko Clarke's spectacular lob flew inches wide of the far post, with the goalkeeper trapped at his near post.
After coming close in the 79th minute when substitute Shane Christe took a neat pass from his brother Omar Christie on the edge of the penalty area but had his shot parried wide by the goalkeeper, Seba doubled their lead in the 84th minute.
Substitute Torey Samuels crossed neatly before the goal to Bucknor and he cracked a powerful shot past the goalkeeper, making the final score 2-0.