Shafs and Bajer were on target as JCI Giants defeated and humbled UCJ Giants in a 4-1 thumping on Saturday, 9th November 2019 at Awo Stadium in a friendly contest.
The two prestigious students’ organization on UI campus went head-to-head in a friendly match that ensured the Jay Cees getting a first-ever bragging right over the campus journalists. A match that the latter will want to forget in earnest.
It was a scintillating and cagey first half affair between the two sides as both teams kept to their guns and sought opportunities to break down the defense of the other on the counter. JCI Giants started off at the brighter side. However, this was soon to be changed after 15 minutes of play as UCJ Giants grew into the game and forcing out two corners in the process.
Advantage (former Mellanby Hall Chair) was the brightest star of the day for the Jay Cees. He was at the core point of their attack and maintaining solidity in the midfield. Also driving back to make those clearance and tackles at the defense.
Dreadful in defense and toothless in attack; UCJ Giants kept wasting opportunities after opportunities after a couple of brilliance from the midfield and attacking players.
The first half might have put the game to rest if not for the heroics of IBK; goalkeeper of UCJ Giants. Appeared to be unfit for the role but a book shouldn’t be judge by it’s cover. He was the standout performer of the first half making four amazing saves which included a rebound. And he ensured the half ended in a scoreless draw.
JCI Giants were not to give anything for granted immediately the second half began. And they went all out from the flanks to the centre asking questions after questions before Shafs broke the deadlock on the 43rd minute. It was a beautiful goal from the forward maestro. He went on to get on the scoresheet two more times at the back of Bajer’s goal. UCJ Giants goal having gone 2-0 down turns out to be only a consolation goal. The match ended with Shafs taking the last kick and last goal of the match. Truly, this is freedom championed by the ball.