The SAFA CT Regional Mens 3rd division kicked off last Saturday after more than a year after the league was interrupted due to the Covid#19 Pandemic.
The interruption resulted in no relegation for teams and also meant that the side who led the log at the time, Hanover Park, represented the region in the playoffs for a 2nd division spot. In addition, the 2 promoted teams of 2019/20, Jamestown and Trinitarians were included in the 2021 season making it an 18-team league. For the 2021 season the 18 clubs voted for a 2-stream league consisting of 9 teams each where each league winner would face each other for a playoff spot.
Newcomers Jamestown had the tough task of hosting one of last season’s form sides, Hanover Park, as their first assignment of their campaign. Hanover Park had the first attempt in the match when Azeem Samuels was the quickest to react from a freekick but struck his header off target and over the crossbar.
Jamestown, determined not be outdone by their opponents, created two attempts by Levi Benjamin in close succession in the 10th minute but he was unfortunately not able to make it count.
As the 1st half progressed the match became more balanced with both sides enjoying their fair number of attempts and their different styles of play was more evident. The home side had a more patient build up and managed to string a few passes together while the Hanover were looking to get the ball to the front men as quickly as possible.
As halftime approached it was clear that the away team were more structured in their positions on the pitch, while Jamestown were quite the opposite as they were covering quite a bit of ground in defense and attack which resulted in them looking a bit more fatigued than their opponents at halftime. Jamestown’s Mikyle Adams could’ve taken his side ahead when he did well to deceive the opposing defenders in the area but delayed the shot and lost possession because of it.
Early in the second half and Hanover Park came close to scoring as Mikyle George was at the end of a Fernel Abrahams’ corner kick but missed the target. Jamestown were holding their own until the 10th minute when Mikyle Adams received a 2nd yellow card and with that received his marching orders. With the home side down to 10 men, the visitors found the gaps in the Jamestown defense mush easier to penetrate and Mikyle George with Roderick Francis making the most damage.
15 minutes into the 2nd half and Jamestown concede a corner as Gilberto Olveira makes a brilliant tackle to deny Francis but from the subsequent corner taken by Abrahams, Hanover Park scores via a Mikyle George header to take his side 1-0 up.
As the match nears its end the away side created more chances but the Jamestown goalkeeper displayed some good saves keep the score at 1-0. Unfortunately for Jamestown the few chances they created were not fruitful as the defense of Hanover Park held firm led by Aqeel Jappie.