By Franklin Wilson
Day two of the 2nd annual Banks Premium Beer Cup produced the biggest upset to date when former division-one champs Uprising stunned the new division-one kings, BK International Western Tigers by the lone goal of their feature encounter on Sunday evening at the Tucville ground.
The evening’s opening game turned out to be a walk in the park for Fruta Conquerors who swamped Thomas United 5-0.
This tournament, which is geared to determine once and for all the knock-out kings of the city, has all the ingredients of being the most explosive competition within this jurisdiction in a very long time that fans in the city have seen.
Uprising, a team which features a number of past national players were able to absorb the pressure the Tigers threw at them and were successful in nullifying Western’s major threat in striker, Devon Millington.
Goals in this encounter proved very hard to come by as the teams did their best to keep the opposing strikers at bay.
Fifty-eight minutes on though, Uprising were able to break the deadlock. Captain Daniel Favourite headed home a well directed cross from Leary Loncke and as it turned out, that shot tranquilized the Tigers who were never able to respond.
Coach of the winning team Gordon Braithwaite summed up their performance as a total team effort while noting that the strike force of Omali Nassy and Freeman Fordyce especially Nassy, made a great impact up front.
Latest addition to the goalkeeping pool, Keith Fraser also impacted positively on the players and the game as he was able to calm the nerves of his teammates and help them focus, according to Braithwaite.
Conquerors, boasting a line up of mostly under-21 players made light work of Thomas United. Veteran Lester ‘Puppy’ Peters, one of the senior players assisting with molding the younger Conquerors brigade, handed the home team the advantage in the 16th minute. Thereafter, goals came almost at will for the home team. Captain Joylon Harry doubled the advantage in the 38th, another veteran Delon Williams inked his name on the score sheets five minutes before half time.
Leading junior marksman Manasseh Primo netted the first of his double one minute later and the second, five minutes into the second half to seal a comfortable win for Conquerors who will face off with Uprising in what is expected to be a mouth watering quarter-final match up.
More exciting play is set for tomorrow at the same venue. Georgetown Football Club, one of the teams who created a big impression in the Cellink Premier League will oppose first division side Black Pearl, while Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United take on the University of Guyana.
Friday’s double header action will see the Guyana Defence Force testing Houston Stars
in opening play while defending champions Pele will open their quest for the title as KO kings when they challenge Beacon.
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