BK Int. Western Tigers & Alpha to contest final
By Franklin Wilson
Following a thrilling battle between two exciting sides, BK International Western Tigers whipped Uprising 7-4 to book their place and a date against Alpha United in the final of the 6th Mackeson, English/Kashif & Shanghai Futsal competition.
Playing at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall before an animated and energetic audience on Saturday evening, the Tigers led by Devon Millington’s helmet-trick roared to what many said, was one of the liveliest wins they have witnessed.
In the first semi-final, another leading Futsal player, Alpha’s Shawn Bishop, outfoxed Flamingo as they hammered their way to a comfortable 6-0 win over the flat and out of sorts Flamingo side.
The Tigers/Uprising affair was a ‘see saw’ duel that went back and forth. Western cantered into the lead through Millington’s first goal in the 3rd minute but Terrence ‘Old Head’ Lewis fired back for Uprising 5 minutes later.
Millington was again on target one minute later banging his shot past goalkeeper Colin Clarke to restore the advantage for the Tigers but again, Uprising ensured they kept close to the Tigers when Omali Nassy leveled the score one minute to the 15 minute half time break with a well taken shot that caught keeper Travis Best wondering what happened.
Fans hadn’t the slightest clue that the second half would have kept them at the edge of their seats for its duration with end to end action.
Three minutes into the second half, Michael Henry eased Western back into the lead but a Daniel Favourite double in the 23rd and 24th minute not only equalized for Uprising but handed them the lead for the first time in the match.
Favourite’s brace turned out to be the last time Uprising were able to convert in the duel. Millington was on target again in the 26th and 27th minutes, Philip Rowley inked his names on the score sheets in the 28th while Colin Nelson scored a memorable goal from deep in Western’s half.
Uprising’s goalie Colin Clarke became a little too ambitious venturing out too far from goal, Nelson spotted him way off his line and his shot from almost the goal line in Western’s half sailed into the Uprising net. A big goal; and a huge win for the BK boys.
Alpha made light work of Flamingo in the first semi-final to win the game easily, 6-0. Shawn Bishop, who was kept quiet initially finally, broke loose to bang a hat-trick (13, 16, 20). Andrew Murray supported with a double (19, 21) and Leon Grumble tucked in the other in the 11th minute.
In the exhibition competition, Banks DIH recorded two big wins, defeated Guinness Bar 6-1 and Tiger Bay 4-1 while North East prevailed over Albouystown 4-2.