Den Amstel beat Seawall FC 2-0; Uitvlugt thump Stewartville 3-1
Stag Beer/WDFA Senior League
Senior league football made a fantastic return to the West Demerara yesterday with the kick off of the inaugural Stag Beer Senior League (SBSL) organized by the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA).
On a sunny afternoon, watched by a colourful crowd cooled by the steady Atlantic winds, home team Den Amstel proved their depth and solidness when they turned back the challenge of Seawall FC of Pouderoyen 2-0 in the feature game; Jeffrey ‘JJ’ Pereira netting both goals.
The league got underway earlier with a clash between old rivals and neighbours Uitvlugt Warriors and Stewartville, Uitvlugt winning the war 3-1 when full time was called.
The return of competitive football at the highest level was refreshing for most spectators not to mention the players who have been clamoring for high level action for some time. Well that call was answered by Ansa McAl under their Stag Beer brand.
The main game featured two teams that had to field their second-teams given the fact that they both are also competing in the Guyana Football Federation Super League. This has given both clubs the opportunity to expose many of their junior players which is a big positive for their respective developmental programmes.
Den Amstel responded by showing that they are a firm club even with their second-team on show. They were quicker to the ball and tactically sounder than Seawall FC. While it is a bit too early to really overlook any team, Den Amstel looks a solid unit.
Jeffrey ‘JJ’ Pereira, a lanky 18-year old forward that will turn 19 next month, was too strong for the opponent’s defence which was marshaled by the experienced Delon Josiah. Seawall pulled off some enterprising raids of their own but the home team’s defence staved off every threat they conjured up.
Pereira hit the network for the first of his brace in the 36th minute; of course it took some time to break down the Seawall defence, but they eventually did. The half came with the score unchanged but it did not take too long after the break for the home team to consolidate the advantage.
With the Atlantic winds remaining consistent and constant, Den Amstel started on the offensive and were rewarded three minutes into the half, the ball was taken deep into the Seawall box before it was squared into the box and found Pereira with the goalie, Julius Griffith well beaten.
Pereira had all the time in the world to tap the ball into the open goal. That strike effectively cast the dye on the game, earning full points for the home team.
The first game saw Uitvlugt led by former National defender Orville Bobb, older brother of current ‘Golden Jaguar’ Trayon Bobb, leading the former West Demerara number one team to a 3-1 win over arch rivals, Stewartville, guided by veteran Owen McGarrell.
Uitvlugt is a mixture of youth and experience as most of the teams on the West Side are presently and that mix gelled well to bring home full points for Uitvlugt. Stewartville took some time before they cracked and it was exactly 4-minutes to the half time whistle that Uitvlugt were able to open the scoring, compliments of a Delroy Johnson goal.
McGarrell tried his utmost to keep the opposition at bay but his efforts would not last for too long as another promising young player, Delon Lanferman increased the advantage for Uitvlugt in the 64th minute.
It was McGarrell himself who had to step up to reduce the deficit for Stewartville in the 66th minute but Uitvlugt did not want to leave anything to chance knowing what their arch rivals are capable of achieving as they restored the 2-goal cushion with four minutes to game time; Jamal Harvey the player on target. Full time; Uitvlugt 3 Stewartville 1. League action will continue on Saturday at the same venue.