Andrew Murray Jnr leads Albouystown over Team Guyana
By Rawle Welch
Team Guyana (Back Circle) suffered a minor setback to their preparations for the upcoming inaugural Guinness Caribbean Street Football Challenge Tournament after going down to Albouystown 3-1 when play in the warm-up Series-organised by Banks DIH continued Saturday night, at the Albouystown Basketball Hardcourt.
The Guyana representative team that had registered two victories in as many matches, before Saturday night’s loss, produced another efficient performance, but fell to a more determined unit led by the classy Andrew Murray, who continued his rich vein of form with another vintage display at home.
Murray has now scored in every match that he has played and is in pole position to capture the MVP award.
He opened the scoring for the host in the 4th minute, but B. Pedro responded in the 17th minute to level the contest, before a double by Shaka John (18th and 28th) sealed victory for Albouystown, who ended the preliminary rounds with the most points in Group B.
Alexander Village was also on the receiving end at the hands of Tiger Bay, who defeated them 1-0 with Deon Alfred’s 9th minute strike separating the two teams.
Despite the loss, Alexander Village still headed Group A, while West Front Road finished in the runner-up spot.
Quarterfinal action is set for Tuesday, June 5, at the National Cultural Centre Tarmac and another large crowd is anticipated to witness a tournament which has clearly become a phenomenon in every community it has been played.
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 Island All star 3 v/s Durban Street 0
Orson McCurdy 6th min
Kevin Phillips 7th and 17th min
Game 2 West Front Road 2 v/s Broad Street 1
West Front Road
Michael Oie 9th min
Michael Pedro 19th min
Devon Adams 6th min
Game 3 Alexander Village 0 v/s Tiger Bay1
Deon Alfred 9th min
Game 4 Team Guyana (Back Circle) 1 v/s Albouystown 3
Team Guyana- Back Circle
B. Pedro 17th min
Andrew Murray 4th min
Shaka John 18th and 28th min
The fixtures for the quarter-finals are as follows:
20:00 hrs Alexander Village v/s Durban Street 13
22:15 hrs Albouystown v/s Broad Street 14
20:45 hrs West Front Road v/s Island All star 15
21:30 hrs Tiger Bay v/s Back Circle