'Beckham' hands Reno crucial advantage
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Reno's Beckham (of David fame), O'Brian Woodbine, capitalised on a defensive error to score the winner against Wadadah in the first-leg final of the Captain's Bakery & Grill Western Confederation Super League football match at Frome on Sunday.
Woodbine netted the only goal of an untidy match in the 77th minute to send Wadadah to yet another loss at the hands of their long-time rivals.
"It was not a pretty game for either team. We played in patches, but it does not matter really who we play, at home we just have to win these games," said Reno coach Michael Graham.
Woodbine, a former national midfielder who is called 'Beckham', was scoring his second goal of a shortened season, as he was away on trial in Norway. He was also on target in the semi-final return leg against Granville, in which Reno won 3-0 (4-1 on aggregate) for his first goal of his boyhood club this season.
STRONG AND COMPACT
The victory underlines Reno's philosophy of playing strong and compact in midfield, while allowing the opponent little time on the ball, and it was on one of these occasions that the former Frome Technical stand-out made Wadadah pay the ultimate price.
"I realised that the goalkeeper called for the ball, but he was never going be in control and I continued running and stole the ball with a headed goal," said Woodbine.
"This is a young group of players and we understand what is needed to win games like these, so I am really excited that we won and are looking to cement a place in the qualifiers, and from there Premier League next season."
They will take the slender, but crucial one-goal advantage into the return-leg final, which is tentatively set for Sunday at Jarrett Park, where a cracker is expected as Wadadah will be at home.