Clarendon Galaxy back in another semi-final after wonder strike

The Clarendon Galaxy are in the semi-final of the JFF/SportsMax Elite League thanks to a wonder strike from Renardo Hall in their quarter-final playoff against the St Ann Giants at Drax Hall on Saturday. 

Playing in the second game of a doubleheader where they saw the team that beat them in the final of the competition’s inaugural staging, the KSAFA All Stars get to the other semi-final, the Galaxy may be forgiven for being a little tentative, but there was nothing tentative about Hall’s 56th-minute effort.

With the game at 0-0 and delicately poised, Hall, who had seen an earlier belter, parried over the crossbar, stepped up to a free-kick from fully 35 yards out.

The St Ann Giants goalkeeper used just one player in the wall, so unlikely was a right-footed strike from that distance was to score. Hall struck the ball with the outside of the right book and it curled viciously around the left side of the one-man wall and headed, interestingly, to the far post rather than the near-post trajectory with which it had begun.

The Giants goalkeeper began moving to his right to cut off what he expected to be a near-post effort but had to change as the ball curled to the side he had just vacated. The initial wrong foot, in addition to the pace and a bounce just in front of him, left the ‘keeper with no real chance.

The goal brought some more confidence to the Galaxy’s cagey display and they began carving out more chances.

Now firmly on the front foot, the Galaxy were guilty of missing numerous opportunities but fortunately, at the other end of the field, the Giants were not able to come up with an answer to Hall’s strike and the game would end that way.

The result means the Galaxy will now play against the Manchester Lions in the semi-final, a team they beat at that very stage last season.

According to the Galaxy coach, Jermaine Douglas, the team’s performance was not where it normally is, but that the result was what matters.

“We weren’t as fluent today as we normally are, but then again we have been fluent in some games this year and haven’t gotten the results, so the result is what is important,” said Douglas.

Kirk Ramsay said his Giants team fought hard but just did not get the goals they needed.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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