By Franklin Wilson
Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United and Georgetown Football Club romped to big wins in their respective group-of-16 matches when competition in the Banks Premium Beer / Georgetown Football Association knock-out tournament continued on Wednesday evening at the Tucville ground.
Alpha trounced University of Guyana 5-0 and GFC strolled to an energetic 7-0 triumph over Black Pearl.
Playing in the feature game, Alpha, also competing in the Caribbean Football Union Champions Cup, found out that their opponents were not going to lie down and be walked over, the University boys put up a very strong battle before buckling in the latter stages of the encounter.
Alpha achieved victory with an under strength team despite losing left back Abessi Mc Pherson who received two yellow cards within a seven minute span (30 & 37).
Captain Charles Pollard and defense partners Howard Lowe, Kelvin Mc Kenzie, Dwight Peters and first choice goal keeper Ronson Williams were some of the players who sat out this match.
This tournament which will decide the knock-out kings of the city is surely bringing out the best in all the teams as UG fought robustly in this encounter, a very good sign for the future.
Elton Brown stuck an early goal, the fastest of the competition in the 1st minute and Alpha were perhaps harboring thoughts of a big blow out but that was never on UG’s agenda as they defended stoutly and on occasions counterattacked to good effect but their finishes were unfruitful.
A laps in defense provided Alpha with the opportunity of tucking in goal number two in the 52nd minute, Emerick Williams doing the honours. Again the UG boys put up some solid defense, conceding the final three goals in the final six minutes of the game which included added on time.
Kelvin Smith (87), Quincy Madramotoo (90) and Wendell St Hill in the 93rd minute sealing the hard fought victory for Alpha.
In the evening’s opening dual, Black Pearl also showed some fight despite their bigloss to the Bourda Blues who has continued to show great improvement after joining the premier ranks last year.
GFC overcame many of their more established counterparts at premier level and are eager to prove that they can also be a force to reckon with in the knock-out version of the game.
One of their more senior players, Chad Fernandes opened the scoring 9 minutes after the whistle and a defense error doubled that lead in the 25th.
Black Pearl found some rhythm and kept the Bourda boys at bay until the 80th minute when Michael Rowe hit in the first of his double. Sherwin Smith was on target in the 84th, two minutes later it was Delroy Henry who rocked the nets before Rowe achieved his second one minute later. Closing out the rout was Clayton Mc Cloud on the stroke of full time.
GFC earned a quarter final date with Alpha and this will be Sunday’s first game from 18:00hrs.
The main clash will see Fruta Conquerors taking on giant killers Uprising, both games anticipated as exciting encounters.
Tonight’s match up’s
The final two group-of-16 matches will be played this evening. The red hot Pele outfit, fresh off victory in the Mayor’s Cup is aiming to reclaim the title as knock-out kings which they once enjoyed.
They are intent on re-establishing themselves as the best in the business and Beacon are in for a torrid time tonight.
Goal keeper Shemroy Arthur, midfielder Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant and striker Gerald Whitington, Keoma Greavesande, Mervin Joseph and Okeny Fraser lead their charge.
Guyana Defense Force will match skills with Houston Stars and this too can turn out to be an interesting dual.
The GDF’s push for a quarter-final berth will be spearheaded by their captain Kevin Lewis with assistance from goal keeper Delon Younge, defenders Selywn Isaacs and Sheik Kamal, midfielders Marlon Benjamin, strikers Stellon David and Seon Brewley.
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