In the battle for University and Hall bragging rights Taylor Hall’s Attica defeated Roosters, also of Taylor Hall, 2-1 in the Sagicor UWI Guild Champions League final on Friday, November 29. The victory saw Attica defending their title and subsequently capturing the championship for the third consecutive time, since the league restarted in 2011.
In the curtain raiser, Celebrities versus Organisers; the Organisers team came out 3-2 winners. The fans were treated to football skills from the likes of Damion Crawford, T’Nez, Laden and the infamous Twin of Twins who offered much humour and entertainment in what proved to be the ‘pre-game show’.
The feature game, which was a keenly contested battle of rival teams, saw the Atticans enjoying the better of the opening exchanges and on minute 22, they capitalised on their early ascendancy when Dave Morgan sweetly converted a curling left footed effort, after a series of intricate passes inside the Roosters penalty area.
The game seemed to be over as a contest two minutes later when the league’s top marksman, Oral Johnson latched on to a pass from the MVP, Ramoun Reid to slot home ahead of the advancing Roosters Goalkeeper, Rodayne Williams to make it 2-0 to the defending champions. With the advantage doubled Attica went on a siege of the Roosters’ goal creating several chances but failed to convert thanks to a combination of poor finishing and outstanding defending from the Roosters captain, Barrington Gayle who was in inspired form.
The game was then turned on its head when Roosters managed to reduce the deficit in the second half of the match thanks to Dellon Dixon. Attica had no one to blame but themselves the allowed complacency to set in having enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Hesitant defending from Remawn Thomas led to a mix up in the defensive third which saw the Roosters front man bearing down on an empty net and he made no mistake, coolly slotting home to bring Roosters back in the contest.
With the score-line reflecting a single goal deficit Roosters seemed to surge ahead as they dominated the midfield through the play of Lamar Duncan who provided constant supply for Dixon who proved a constant thorn in the side of the Attican defenders who struggled to contain the shifty attacker.
The second half was a battle of grit and determination as Roosters tried to get the equalizing goal with Attica holding on to the advantage. Despite several guilt edged opportunities which one could have wagered homes on, neither team was able to add to their tally and as referee Peter Davis sounded the final whistle, Attica had created history as they managed to complete one of sports’ most difficult tasks in winning three consecutive titles.
The Sagicor UWI Guild Champions League was a mechanism which sought to improve upon the holistic development of students by providing an avenue for students who would not have had the opportunity to participate at the intercollegiate level to partake in organized competition. One of the highlights on the University’s calendar students and the wider University community, eagerly anticipate the exciting annual Knock-out Competition.