Strikers edge Star Mountain


SOUTHERN Strikers had the last laugh thanks to an 87th minute goal by Renagi Taviri that saw his side beat newcomers Star Mountain 2-1 yesterday in their National Soccer League Southern Conference clash at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
Both sides were equally competitive and went into halftime 0-0.
The youngsters from Strikers, despite all of them playing semi-professional for the first time, gave their team management an eye opener, displaying talent and energy.
Star Mountain had their share of opportunities in the first half with Pettyshen Elijah testing the Strikers defence but the former Striker was kept in check throughout the game.
Coming into the second half, Star Mountain did apply pressure on the Strikers defence with skipper Clifford Bineng combining with forwards Jairus Kondi and Elijah however the Strikers defence led by skipper Moses Peter repelled most of the surges.
Bailey Pascoe finally scored for the Strikers in the 66th minute giving his side a 1-0 lead.
Star Mountain then replied as Jairus Kondi showed his pace and skill to drive through the Strikers defence and find the back of the net.
The last 10 minutes of the game was a free for all, Star Mountain had several chances to equalise but could not find the target.
The Strikers held on and secured their first win of the season.
Strikers general manager Gordon Manub described their first game as a tough one and getting a win in round one was the result of their preparation.
“We had to build up a new team after all the older boys left us but we came prepared,” Manub said.
“The younger players showcased a bit of talent and a lot of maturity even though they lacked NSL experience.
“As the coaching staff, we had confidence and also a few doubts but after going through the game with our boys we were pleased with their performance.”