Published on January 27th, 2016 | by kickstartfc0
Stars Continue Good Start
On a night full of distractions, KickStart continued their fine early form by recording a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Oxley at Westbury Primary School.
Five minutes after being told that the match was going to be cancelled because the “home” team didn’t have access to the token box for the floodlights, the Stars were then told to cancel their travel plans as someone was on his way to resolve the problem. Such was the mental resolve of the lads on the night that they finished their warmup in the dark and took to the field with only one thing on their mind – collect three points.
In spite of the small, not-well-maintained pitch they settled quite quickly and managed to play the ball around well from the start, creating several opportunities. Lost match balls, aggressive play and abusive language from the opponent were a theme on the night and led to several (often lengthy) stoppages throughout the match, but none of this phased the KickStart lads and midway through the first half they took the lead. Stuart Hall, employed as a centre forward alongside Zaquan Ishmael in a 4-4-2 formation, arrived at the far post to bullet home a header from a cross from left winger Kent Hall, giving KickStart a 1-0 lead that they would take into the halftime break.
Shortly after the restart Kickstart doubled their advantage and Stuart Hall was again the man on target, swiveling in the midst of a crowd of players to scoop the ball into the top corner from 10 yards out. A short lapse in focus and a moment of real quality by Oxley brought them back into the game almost immediately when one of their players shook off a couple markers and unleashed an unstoppable shot from distance that passed through goalkeeper Zico Callendar’s net with such velocity that many didn’t know if it had scored or not. The Stars would not make this mistake twice though and the back four of Naphtali Cave, Tim Maynard, Ian Marquez and Elector Pearson Jr, in combination with midfielders Gregg Mandeville, Morgan Robinson, Rayn Phillips and Kent Hall duly shut up shop for the night.
At the other end of the pitch the Stars responded quickly to dash any hopes that Oxley may have had of a comeback; Stuart Hall nodding on a ball to Ishmael who slotted home elegantly on the half volley. With the points looking comfortably in the bag, Robinson was substituted for Bryan Johnson and Ishmael for Jacques Hibbert, who himself was unlucky not to score on the night as Oxley’s substitute keeper came up with some big saves to deny Marquez, Pearson and Mandeville. He would not be able to stop Stuart Hall however, and he completed his hat-trick by running onto a long kick out from Callendar and lobbing the bouncing ball over the onrushing keeper. Jabari Brandford replaced Kent Hall with twenty minutes left on the clock but with the result clearly decided and the verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse rising, referee Mark Moses decided to blow the final whistle ten minutes ahead of schedule.
The Stars next face what is expected to be their stiffest opposition, the Barbados Defense Force, at the Glebe in St. George on Thursday night at 7:00pm.