Caribbean Soccer League held two
“Stop the Violence” benefit games at
Ester ShinerStadium on Labour Day Sunday September
4, 2005. The first game was between Somalia All Stars
and Toronto Caribbean All Stars.
The Caribbean All Stars
won 4-1 in a game that showcased talent but not much
teamwork. The second game was very entertaining
and featured Jamaican National player Onandi Lowe and
as part of the Toronto Caribbean International Stars
against Scarborough Azzurri.
The play in the 0-0 half time score was similar to the
opening rounds of a boxing match with the champion
stalemate was not very popular with the crowd
who was getting restless. However the halftime show courtesy of Madskills.com
dazzling display certainly put set
the tone for what turned out to be an entertaining second half. Madskills.com is a
professional ball juggling team who also presented gifts to
the crowd in the stands while
amazing the crowd with their unbelievable ball
control skills. They catched soccer balls with every
imaginable part of their body as the appreciative crowd
responded with loud cheers.
half was a clinical display of team soccer by the Int'l
Stars with their leader Onandi
Lowe punctuating the plays with some clinical finishing.
Lowe scored the opening goal of the game when he
collected a through pass at inside left position just
over the half line, and advanced to the left edge of the
18 yard box. He then faked to the left and did a
360 turn to his right and while turning hit a
low left footed shot that skim the inside of the near
post to squeeze into Azzurri net.
As a goal celebration Onandi Lowe
ran passed the goal and did a wine you waist dance.
The crowd erupted as it was obvious that it was the
moment which the majority of the people in attendance
were waiting for.
Lowe lit up the scoreboard as he went on
to score a second
and third goal to give him the hat trick. His third
was the game stopper. It occurred when he received a pass from the
left corner flag at the edge of the 6 yard, faked a left
foot shot that sent the goal keeper and defenders down
on the carpet, chopped the ball to his right foot with the
inside of the left, fake another shot with his right foot
to send the goalkeeper in the opposite direction, before
turning around and crack his favourite left
footer into the goal at the near post.
While the crowd was enjoying every minute of
Onandi salad dressing with the eventual score the Azzurri
goalkeeper was noticeably embarrassed and upset at
what had transpired before the goal. Low and behold
there was a
fourth goal which bad a bad situation worst when an Int'l player dribbled several Azzurri
players down the left side and faked out the
goalkeeper once more with the same reaction and shot hard into the
Scarborough Azzurri goalkeeper felt
enough was enough, took the ball out of the net, and kicked
it out of the stadium, before leaving the game
voluntarily for his team dressing
room. Of course the crowd had their fill of fun
while Azzurri replaced him in net with one of
Azzurri continued to play and
eventually scored a consolation goal towards the end of the game from the
penalty spot. It was a fun filled evening which is
the community needed since it was not what we were
experiencing in our homes, neighbourhoods, schools, and
public transport system.
Some of our
youths in the community are setting a bad example by shooting and killing each
other while taking innocent lives with them. The
event was to bring awareness and appeal to the youths to
violence. This was the sentiment conveyed on the PA by Ron Nelson of
Radio Station 88.1 (Reggaemania) program.
As expected there
were no incidents at the event and rarely are there at
sporting events in the community. Large dosage of
community sporting events may be a good start to remedy
some of the problems in the community. The TCSL
International Stars won the game 4-1 on the shoulders of
Onandi Lowe three goals and as a good jester Lowe stayed around after the game to take
questions from the crowd.