Despite having more entries that any other zone, no Georgetown team will be in the reckoning for any of the prize monies after suffering defeats in the latest round of this year’s Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ National
Playoffs which continued on Friday evening, at the Pouderoyen Market Tarmac, West Demerara.
The biggest upset came when defending champion Sparta Boss was eliminated by the Money Team, going down 1-0 in a penalty shootout after regulation time ended 0-0. The Money Team employed a defensive strategy that paid off in the end, creating very few chances in what was a clear approach to send the game into penalty kicks.
They, however, were outhustled by Hustlers in the quarter-finals, losing 2-0 which in effect ruined their dreams of moving on to the business end of the competition. Earlier, the other Georgetown entrant Back Circle, who were the inaugural champions, also exited the tournament following a 2-0 loss to Hustlers.
In the other preliminary games, Plaisance survived 3-2 in a penalty shootout against Broad Street after their clash finished 0-0 in regulation time, while West Demerara champions Showstoppers stopped the advance of Bartica champions River View by defeating them 3-1.
In the first quarter-final, Showstoppers cruised past Plaisance 3-0 with an own goal, Marvin Josiah and Kayode King accounting for the team’s goals in the 9th, 15th and 24th minutes. In the other quarter-final, Hustlers led by strikes from Anthony Sancho in the 10th and Jahal Greaves in the 15th beat Money Team 2-0.
Hustlers and Showstoppers joined Dave & Celena All Stars and Swag Entertainment out of Linden in last night’s semi-finals and final at Demerara Park, Thirst Park. The winning team will receive $550,000 and the coveted trophy, runners-up $300,000 and trophy, while third and fourth placed finishers will take home $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.
riday night’s full results: Plaisance 0 versus Broad Street 0: Plaisance won 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Showstoppers 3 vs. River View 1: Showstoppers scorers – Marvin Josiah 2nd, 21st, Stephon Jupiter 30th. River View scorer – Shaquille Hopkinson 10th.
Money Team 0 vs Sparta Boss 0: Money Team won 1-0 penalty shootout.
Back Circle 0 vs Hustlers 2: Hustlers scorers – Kwame Holder 10th, Own Goal 24th.
Quarter-finals: Showstoppers 3vs Plaisance 0: Showstoppers scorers – Own Goal 9th, M. Josiah 15th, Kayode King 24th.
Money Team 0 vs Hustlers 2: Hustlers scorers – A. Sancho 10th, J. Greaves 15th.
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