Mar 10, 2009 Sports
Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United and the GDF will clash in what is expected to be a scorcher when play continues in the Mayor’s Cup Football Championships at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) Ground tomorrow evening. Pele FC, fresh from a 3-1 thrashing of Buxton FC will face Camptown to decide on the teams to contest in the finals later this month.
Pele earned their place in the semi-finals after defeating the Buxton FC 3-1 in their quarter-finals game Sunday evening last, while the GDF duplicated their feat, defeating Conquerors on penalty kicks 3-2, after extra time failed to decide a winner.
During regulation time Devon Forde scored a double for Conquerors in the 6th and 59th minutes, while Desford Williams (50th) and S. Isaacs (75th) netted for the Army.
In the second game of the double header, Gerald Wittington netted in the 4th minute for the winners with support from Mervin Joseph and Travis Grant in the 71st and 81st minutes, respectively. Buxton FC saved some face with a 49th minute effort off the boot of K. Williams.
From the onset it was clear that Pele was the superior team. While they passed the ball around, ensuring fair distribution among the players, the Buxtonians chose to play selfish ball.
On numerous occasions they faltered for the lack of distribution and have only themselves to blame for the loss.
They were clearly outclassed by a team with superior ball control and football savvy.
However, what the Buxtonians lacked in skills, they made up for in grit and determination as despite their losing effort, they fought right down to the final whistle. So far, the tournament has provided football buffs with top class entertainment and from all appearances, the best is yet to come.
Pele will not want to make an ignominious exit from the tournament after battling valiantly to reach this far. On the other hand, Camptown will have their sights on the coveted Mayor’s Cup and would not want to falter at this stage of the tournament.
‘The Hammer’ and the GDF are also nurturing deep aspirations of carting off the honours. Who will be the eventual two teams to battle for eventual honours?
The answer will only be known when the whistle sounds tomorrow night. Fans will not want to miss this thrilling double header. Kick off time is 18:00hrs sharp.
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