Alex Jakubiak transferred his form in the Professional Development League Two South to Asia this afternoon, scoring the first in a 2-0 win as Harry Kewell’s side recorded their first victory in the Sait Nagjee Trophy.
The livewire forward has 13 goals in his last 12 under-21 matches and he got Watford’s first goal of the trip to India after 23 minutes of today’s match against Rapid Buchersti.
Bernard Mensah went from architect to executioner in the second half, cannoning an effort in off the woodwork for the all-important second. Both goals were a result of corners from George Byers, who captained the side from midfield.
Mensah, a product of the Harefield Academy, limped off soon after but he seemed to impress the locals. His contract expires in the summer.
Mensah, the left-footed forward, went off soon after following a knock and ended the match by sitting in the dugout with an icepack strapped to his right knee.
The club are forever talking about academy football being a learning experience and it sounds like they did well to keep their cool after a challenge by Rapid’s Madalin Martin which was described as “a dangerous kick” and earned him a straight red card.
With a numerical advantage, Watford missed a glorious chance to extend their lead when Jakubiak, of all people, missed when, according to reports, it seemed easier to score. It did not turn out to prove costly as Watford, featuring Sean Murray, held on comfortably for the win.
The Hornets started the tournament, which includes an U23 team from Argentina, with a 2-0 defeat to Atlético Paranaense last week. They are next in action on Monday when they play FC Volyn Lutsk.
Watford: Simpson, Lewis, Doherty, Stewart, Johnson, Young, Murray, Byers (c), Mensah, Martin, Jakubiak,
Rapid: Botas; Kusnir, Avramia, Robuste, Popa (c), Raiciu, Morar, Fota, Trandu, Tudoran, Martin.