Team Guyana sends ominous warning to C/bean counterparts
Team Guyana also known as Back Circle sent an ominous warning to the teams participating in the inaugural Guinness Street Football Challenge Tournament after inflicting a crushing 5-0 win over D’Urban Street as play in the Banks DIH-sponsored warm-up Competition opened on Sunday evening, at the Albouystown New Hard Court.
Displaying immense skill and speed, Team Guyana completely overwhelmed a game, but clearly outclassed D’Urban Street unit with five different players entering the score sheet in a performance that will surely provide a necessary confidence booster just before the big tournament commences.
Also in winners’ circle were Broad Street, who beat Tiger Bay, Alexander Village winners over West Front Road and Albouystown, who edged Island All Star.
The competition was organised to provide valuable practice for the local champs as they seek to keep the top prize right home in Guyana.
Eight teams divided into two groups are contesting the tournament that carries a first prize of $200,000, while the second, third and fourth placed finishers will take away $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.
Meanwhile, the teams that fail to make it to the final four after the completion of the preliminary rounds will each take home $15,000.
In the night’s full results:
Game 1 Broad Street 2 v/s 0 Tiger Bay
Jamal Cozier 9 min
Jimmy Gravesande 17 min
Game 2 Back Circle 5 v/s 0 Durban Street
Philip Rowley 11th min
Daniel Favorite 16th min
Vincent Thomas 19th min
Alan Kennday 22nd min
Dexter Griffith 30th min
Game 3 Alexander Village 2 v/s 0 West Front Road
Delon Williams 7th min
Shem Poter 30th min
Game 4 Albouystown 2 v/s 1 Island All Star
Andrew Murray 5th min
Devon Small 18th min
Island All Star
Orson McCordy 29th
The competition continues tomorrow evening, at the East Ruimveldt Basketball Court
In the fixtures: at 20:00 hrs Albouystown versus Durban Street; 20:45 hrs Broad Street v/s Alexander Village; 21:30 hrs West Front Road v/s Tiger Bay and 22:15 hrs Back Circle v/s Island All star.
Meanwhile, Apart from Guyana the foreign teams are Haiti, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.
The competition runs from June 21-23 and the total prize money on offer is in excess of US$9,000 inclusive of trophies and other related rewards.
The winner walks away with US$4,000, runner-up- US$2,000, 3rd place- US$1,500 and 4th place- US$1,000.
The winning team will also have a fully constructed facility to play the format, while the team will be equipped with sports kits.