-teams battle for pride and trophy
Whenever GCC and Hikers collide in any format of the game, it is always a fierce battle for supremacy and today’s clash, in the Farfan & Mendes Men’s First Division Competition, promises to be no different.
With just one point separating the two teams, a win for either side could cement their place as virtual winners of the trophy since the other team in the competition Old Fort have just a single point from three matches and seems destined to remain cellar dwellers.
When the two sides met in the first round, they played to an exciting 2-2 draw with Alan Fernandes’ equaliser three minutes from full time ensuring that they split the points.
In that game, Hikers were without inspirational leader Timothy McIntosh and first choice goalkeeper Azad DeAbreu, but they’ve both returned so GCC could expect a full strength squad with star player Jerazeno Bell now being able to return to his more suited position at forward.
Immediately upon his arrival to his customary posting in the game against Old Fort, Bell was able to make an impact, scoring the goal which gave them the lead.
He will once again be supported by the nippy Robert France, who’ve improved tremendously over the past year, promising junior standout Shaquelle Assanah, one of the players to score in the encounter against GCC and Shane Samuels, who appears to be finding his form as evidenced by his showing in the game against Old Fort where he netted a beauty from just at the top of the circle.
The mid-field will be marshalled by the experienced Devin Munroe with Alex Gouveia giving support, while McIntosh and Robert Fernandes are the players assigned in defence.
On the other hand, GCC’s quest for victory will be spearheaded by the creativity of the Fernandes brothers (Alan, Phillip) aided by the silky skills of Orland Semple and Kevin Spencer, a combination renowned for being lethal inside the box.
Then there is Devin Hooper, whose subtle forays up field have caught many defences in disarray, while the backline will consist of the veteran Damon Woodroffe and the dynamic Dwayne Scott.
Stationed between the uprights is the youthful Michael Xavier, whose heroics in both previous engagements proved to be decisive.
A lot of pride is usually at stake whenever these two titans clash and with each in with a chance to snatch the oldest running competition trophy, fans could expect a bruising affair.
The game is scheduled to commence at 16:45 hrs, at the GCC ground, Bourda.
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