St Paul’s Reclaims Classic Clashes Title

St Georges held the initiative when they took a 2-1 lead at halftime, but St Paul’s came back more determined and scored three second half goals to reclaim the title that St Georges had won the previous year.

St Paul’s took the lead when Domenicus Usiku scrambled a loose ball into the net, but St Georges immediately struck back and equalised through their national u-20 striker Jandjumae Maharero.

St Georges had more possession, with Maharero dangerous up front, and took the lead through a great goal by their slender midfielder Tutaleni Hailundwa. He got possession in the centre of the field and when he saw St Paul’s goalie off his line, lobbed the ball high into the net from 30 metres out.

St Paul’s came back more determined and equalised shortly after the break, through a fine freekick by Prosper Chimwamurombe who curled the ball into the corner of the net.

Barely four minutes later they regained the lead at 3-2 when St Georges’ goalie couldn’t control a ball and KK Mberirua headed the loose ball into an empty net.

St Georges fought back and nearly equalised from a Maharero freekick, but St Paul’s keeper Munashe James Tom brought off a fine diving save.

St Georges thought they had equalised when Babukar Sallah Mohamed headed in from a corner but it was disallowed for a foul.

But it was St Paul’s, who finished ger, with man of the match, Kimber Brain, putting in some g attacks down the right wing. It was fitting that he scored the final goal when he headed in from a corner to seal a 4-2 victory for St Paul’s and set off wild celebrations amongst their supporters.

St Paul’s coach Andre Benjamin said their victory was the result of thorough of preparation.

“I’m very happy. We struggled last year but we kept the structures and we kept our basic team from last year. We toured South Africa in May and we have played six matches in the league, so the boys are used to each other,” he said.

St Georges coach Gareth Cloete said St Paul’s were the better team on the day.

“It’s not nice to lose but St Paul’s were the better team today. We were leading 2-1 at the break but in the second half we didn’t get enough possession to put them under pressure. Then they scored two quick goals and we couldn’t recover,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate St Paul’s – it was a good victory and I can see it means a lot to them. We now lead our Classic Clashes series 3-2, and I can already see next year is going to be massive when we host the game,” he added.

Source : The Namibian