The eagerly awaited showdown between Pele FC and Bakewell Buxton will whet the appetites of football buffs, while Conquerors and the Guyana Defence Force will provide added entertainment when the Mayor’s Cup football championships continue at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) tonight.
The East Coast teams have not been having their own way in this competition and the Buxtonians represent the only team to have enjoyed some measure of success after defeating city team Uprising, 2-1 in extra time last week.
The Buxtonians are still hurting over last year’s encounter against Pele when they lost after a penalty shootout. Their coach Sharon Abrams has promised to reverse their fortunes this time around. The Buxtonians will depend heavily on former national midfielder, Pierre Joseph to lead their charge while Neville Gulliver in the midfield position and defender, Eon Garnette, is expected to lend firm support.
Other players that will be in the Buxton line up are Jermaine Tullock (midback), Keron Adams (defence), Eon Garnette and Neville Guliver (midfielders), Dennis Andries (Forward) and all rounder, Rashleigh Morrison. Brian Robinson will perform duties between the uprights.
Pele, still exuberant after their scintillating victory in the Kashif and Shanghi tournament, will no doubt enter the game brimming with confidence. They have been on top of their game and would be looking to continue in the rich vein of form. Their goalie Shemroy Arthur has won the ‘Most Valuable Player’ prize in last year’s edition of the K&S tournament after a flawless performance between the uprights. He has replicated that performance in this tournament and his teammates would be depending on him retaining that form.
In their last match, Pele sent Victoria Kings packing 4-nil when the two teams faced off last week. They will be depending on their captain, Dirk Archer to progress to the next stage of the competition. They will also look forward to contributions from Solomon Austin (defence) Konata Manning and Travis Grant (midfielders) as well as their strikers Gerald Wittington and Mervin Joseph. The game between Conquerors and the GDF is also expected to be another thriller. The star-studded Conquerors team will sport a line up that consists of defence players Neville Stanton, Sheldon Shepard, Trevon Lincoln and Gerald Gritten.
Two powerful midfielders in former national youth captain Elroy Parks will also shore up Conqueror’s attack while Coach/player Lester Peters and striker, Devon Ford will definitely be an asset.
The soldiers are without their star striker, Stellon David who has received a red card but has drafted in Jerome Richardson who plays in the centre half position. Add defence players Devon Harris, Sherlock Dowding and Sheik Kamal who has recently rejoined the team along with all rounder, Royan Morrison and a truly action packed affair is envisaged.
Meanwhile, in games played Friday night Alpha continued their winning ways against the GFC with a 4-1 drubbing. Dwight Peters netted a double in the 44th and 66th minute with support from Dwayne Jacobs (64th) and Elton Brown in the 71st minute.
Camptown then overcame an 18th minute goal by Dellon Fraser to prevail over Western Tigers 2-1. A 57th minute success off the boot of Telson McKinnon and a 73rd minute effort by Lance Rawleston sealed the deal for Camptown. Kick off time tonight is 18:30hrs sharp.
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