Herstelling beat Agricola to continue dream run

Damien Bacchus (left) and Ijaz Cave of Herstelling Raiders
Damien Bacchus (left) and Ijaz Cave of Herstelling Raiders

Stag/EBFA Senior League…


Herstelling Raiders have continued their dream run in the Stag/East Bank Football Association’s (EBFA) Senior League when they recorded yet another upset win on Sunday last at the Grove Playfield.

The Herstelling boys upstaged Agricola Red Triangle 2-1 to move into second place in the points table, a position they have never experienced before. Ijaz Cave, who netted the winning goal in Herstelling’s 2-1 win over Soesdyke one week earlier, set the tone for the win this time around when he netted in the 28th minute.

But Agricola, who finished second to Grove Hi Tech in the previous league and reeling from the two red cards issued to two key players in back-to-back matches prior to Sunday’s game, fought back to draw even in the 39th minute when Kacy ‘Boombie’ John fired past goalkeeper, Quazim Yussuf.

With such an entertaining first half, the final 45 minutes served up even more excitement, but it was not in favour of the more experienced Agricola side; it was the Herstelling Raiders that raided Agricola’s barn.

Full points were secured in the 55th minute when Damian Bacchus breached Agricola’s defence to nail his shot into the back of the nets past the hapless Shemroy Kendall, much to the delight of his fellow players and the dismay of their opponents.

Herstelling stood firm in defending their advantage and did not allow Agricola to repeat their first half exploits when they came back to equalise. When the final whistle sounded, it meant Herstelling had upset their more accomplished opponents by a 2-1 margin, a similar score line to their win over Soesdyke the previous week.

Sunday’s other match saw Kuru Kururu Warriors walking away with full points by way of walkover over Mocha Champs. Defending champions Grove Hi Tech will play this Sunday’s feature match against Kuru Kururu Warriors when the league continues with opening play between Mocha Champs and Soesdyke Falcons at 13:30h.