Shamik Das


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Last-minute Louis set to swap Dorset for Dominica

POACHED BY THE CARIBBEAN: Jefferson Louis with a trademark finish.

Northwood Park, FA Trophy, Round 1:
Wealdstone 0-1 Weymouth



GOAL-SCORING hero Jefferson Louis could find himself playing in a World Cup qualifier in February.

Louis scored the only goal of the tie three minutes into injury time to crush the Stones and send the Terras through to round two in freezing temperatures last night.

Though born in Harrow, the 28-year-old qualifies for the Dominican Republic through his mother, and would relish the chance to play in the Caribbean.

"This is my only chance to play international football," said Louis. "I'm very keen to go and play for my mother-country."

The visitors started much the brighter, Louis and strike partner Gavin McCallum squandering excellent openings in the first ten minutes.

It was only after the break that Wealdstone, Ryan Ashe and the excellent Peter Dean going close.

Dean was a cut above, all neat flicks and blind passes through the Terras defence, finding a teammate in space almost every time.

Wealdstone    Weymouth

But it was Louis who settled the tie deep in added time.

He outmuscled the Stones centre-backs, skipped into the area, drew the keeper forward and curled the ball beautifully into the top right-hand corner of the Wealdstone goal.

'Twas a rare moment of accuracy on a night of missed opportunities.

Weymouth manager Jason Tindall cut a relieved figure after the game, though he insisted the prospect of a replay never entered his mind.

"I always thought there would be a chance in the game and thankfully it came to us and it was nice of Louis to score," he said.

"At the end of the day, we came here to win - we want to win every competition we enter.

"The main thing is we're in the next round."

Star Man: Dean (Wealdstone); Entertainment: **

Read my full report, including line-ups, formations and player ratings in tomorrow's Non-League Paper.

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