The opening match of yesterday’s UNNA/ICBL Cheshire tour yesterday didn’t produce a whole heap of goals.
What it did produce though, was a brilliant effort from ICBL Barbados’ Jaime Dixon, whose two strikes were enough to give his side a thrilling 2-1 win over the visiting Cheshire polo team in the first match of their four-game series at Holder’s Hill polo ground.
With the scored tied at 1-1 entering the final chukka, Dixon’s powerfully struck 30-yard penalty with 4:18 remaining in the game, was enough to seal the victory for the home side, which also comprised Luis Clerici, Adam Deane and Philip Tempro.
Earlier, Cheshire’s team of Steve Jones, James Fielding, Charlie Walton and Oliver Taylor had actually dominated most of the opening play.
After both teams wasted some easy chances in the opening seconds of play, Taylor showed why he is rated as a four-goal player, on his way to giving the visitors an early lead.
Collecting the ball about 40 yards from goal, Taylor was able to break free from his marker, before skillfully guiding the ball into the back of the goal, much to the delight of the large crowd on hand.
One minute later, Dixon wasted a perfect opportunity to get Barbados on the score sheet when he somehow managed to steer his shot wide of the goal from almost point blank range.
But he would make amends for that miss in the second chukka, as he easily converted a spot hit from five yards out to level the score.
With both sides continuing to waste their chances, the scoreline would remain tied at 1-1, right up until the game’s final minutes with Dixon’s strike proving to be decisive.
The second match of the series will be played tomorrow at the same venue.
In the afternoon’s first match, Diamonds International, led by a superb five-goal display from Luca Nicolai defeated UNNA six goals to five and a half in an extremely competitive match.