Amelia’s Ward Russians win tension-filled penalty shootout; $500,000 richer
Amelia’s Ward Russians withstood a tension-filled penalty shootout to grab the $500,000 first prize after escaping with a 1-0 win over Hardknocks in the final of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Futsal Football Competition which ended late Saturday night, at the Wisroc / Amelia’s Ward Bus Park in Linden.
The result came after the two combatants could not be separated even after regulation and extra time where both periods ended 0-0, before a capacity crowd that brought a fitting climax to a well-organised and increasingly popular format of the sport.
In the penalty shootout, Odel Allicock steadied his nerve to score the game’s winner after two players from each team failed to deliver from the spot as supporters from each side shouted vociferously from the sidelines.
For their effort, Hardknocks were rewarded with $250,000. It was the ideal finish to the 32-team tournament held in the Bauxite Mining Town after persistent rain just before the scheduled start of play had threatened to force a postponement of the final, but players, officials and spectators braved the inclement weather and when it finally ceased two hours later, those that stayed, and they were many, was treated to some thrilling matches.
Retrieve Unknowns, a team stacked with players with abundant skill registered an easy 4-0 triumph over Pokerburg to cart off the third place prize of $150,000, while the losers went away with $100,000.
Darrell George scored a double in the 3rd and 12th minutes, Marcello Jansen netted in the 4th, while Travis Adolph converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute to seal the deal for Retrieve Unknowns.
George of Retrieve Unknowns scored the most goals in the tournament, while Shawn Daniels of Amelia’s Ward Russians was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. An exhibition tournament preceded the commencement of the final.
Before the start of the final, the teams were introduced to Region 10 Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon and Executives of Banks DIH including Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste, Linden Branch Manager Shondell Easton and Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart.