Football: Airtel Cup-Ten-man Dynamo hold St Francis


This was a match of poor quality between two teams who had lost their previous matches on large scores.

As St Francis went in search of their first points, Dynamo, who had conceded nine goals in two matches, almost took the lead in the sixth minute as Charles De Clarisse latched onto a through ball to rifle a shot at St Francis reserve goalie Jude Barra who parried his shot.

St Francis also had a decent chance in the 13th minute. After a mêlée in the Dynamo penalty area, the ball broke to St Francis’ Malagasy striker Hery whose strong shot was parried by Dynamo’s goalkeeper Jules Monnaie.

St Francis’ goalkeeper Barra was lucky not to be sent off on the half hour as he rushed out of his goal to mis-time his tackle on Malagasy Asman Todisoa to concede a foul and he was not even booked.
Seven minutes later, Dynamo went close from captain Evans Télémaque’s superb through-ball to Malagasy Todisoa. Goalkeeper Barra tried to intercept the ball but Todisoa collected the loose ball to cut it back to Basil Bertin whose shot was cleared on the goalline by captain Ronny Monthy.

Dynamo suffered a major setback on the stroke of half time as Stan Fanchette threaded a pass to Malagasy Branly Zizi. The Malagasy striker eluded the defence to bore on goal but he was pulled back by defender Collin Tirant for a blatant foul.

Referee Egbert Havelock was spot on as he signaled for a foul and he quite rightly dished out a straight red card to defender Tirant for pulling back the St Francis striker.
Ryan Antat drove the resulting free-kick on target but Dynamo goalkeeper Monnaie just managed to tip the ball over the crossbar.

However, Dynamo did not let the disadvantage affect them and in the 62nd minute after a scuffle in the St Francis penalty area, Marcus Maria drilled a loose ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

St Francis’ Branly Zizi was to open the scoring with a brilliant individual goal as he picked the ball from the half-way line to bore on goal. He skipped past a couple of tackles and when he reached the Dynamo penalty box, he just flashed the ball with the outside of his boot past goalkeeper Monnaie for a fantastic goal to make it 1-0.

Dynamo though almost drew level four minutes later as captain Télémaque curled in a well-worked free-kick which crashed against the post and dropped to Todisoa but the Malagasy front man was soon crowded out and the danger was cleared.

As Dynamo pushed players forward in search of an equaliser, Stephane Barallon latched onto a through ball in the 83rd minute but he shot just wide to let Dynamo off the hook.
St Francis were made to pay in the 87th minute as Dynamo’s substitute Valerio Derothé released Todisoa who coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Barra for a 1-1 score.

Dynamo continued to press for a winner as they won three consecutive corners in added time but just failed to find the breakthrough.
Dynamo’s coach Cliff Nolin was disappointed with his players after the match when he spoke to Sports Nation.

“My players did not listen to advice given to them in the first half. But in the second period despite playing with 10 men, we dominated our opponents but just could not find the breakthrough,” said coach Nolin.

As for St Francis’ coach Marc Mathiot, he was pleased with his team’s showing on Thursday.
“My team have shown a slight improvement from our last match. If they continue to attend training on a regular basis, they will surely show progress,” said coach Mathiot.

R. J-L.

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