Football contrasts in Magnum KSAFA Super League's Friday night double

Monday, February 18, 2019

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As far as football goes, spectators got a rounded view in Friday night's Magnum KSAFA Super League Zone B double-header at Constant Spring Complex, with Central Kingston FC and Santos FC putting together a beautiful sequence of attacking football in a free-flowing game.

Then arch-rivals Rockfort FC and Brown's Town FC battled out a goalless finish in a real hardball, no holds barred feature encounter.

Santos FC, dominant especially in the first quarter of the game, may have felt hard done after suffering a 1-2 loss to Central Kingston, who got their game together to make an exciting contest that was easy on the eye.

Karim Brown and Akeem Robotham scored for Central Kingston, who moved to six points with their second-consecutive win. Santos, in the meantime, endured more frustration as they suffered their second loss to remain second from bottom with one point from three games. Shane Sewell scored for Santos.

Their results — two losses and a draw — are almost exactly opposite to Brown's Town, whose 0-0 draw added to two wins and kept them top of the group on seven points.

Truth be told, Rockfort FC were more deserving of victory on the face of some clear scoring chances, especially in the first half of a rough and tumble good-spirited clash.

“In the end, I think it was a fair result although we created numerous chances, especially in the first half of the game, and we did not score. But in the end we continued and we really played hard, tracked well, ran back and fought to the end,” said Rockfort FC's coach Clive Brown.

“It's a rival match, a border clash match, so at the end of it it's better to come out with a point than a loss — so at the end of the day I'm thankful for the draw,” reinforced Brown, whose team moved to two points with their second draw in three matches.

In spite of their shortcomings, Brown was very pleased with the play of defender Roshan Rowe.

“Tonight I handed a young player his chance to play in the Super League. He's playing his second game in the Super League and for me, he was the Man of the Match. He played excellently around the back, Roshan Rowe. He really played well; he read (the game) well, he tackled well, and he covered well. At the end of the game, all in all, I must say it was a very good game,” the Rockfort coach said.

Brown's Town FC were last season's beaten finalists and their coach, Dwayne “Bruckie” Blake, was not pleased with their display.

“We feel bad, [it's] not the result that we really wanted, but at the end of the day the good thing about it is, we got a point. We're still unbeaten, our 100 per cent win record was stopped…clean sheet, so we still have a lot to look forward to,” analysed Blake.

“We were looking for more dominance in the middle of the park; we did not get that from our midfielders today so that was one of our biggest problems,” added Blake. “We can look at it and say everybody had a bad game except our goalkeeper.”

Asked if the derby context contributed to their performance, Blake said: “Yes. We were talking about that. We said listen, they are coming to play rough football, but instead of just sitting down [and] playing the football and just enjoy the game, we did not enjoy the game tonight — it was like a boxing match.”

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