By Franklin Wilson
It was just the second night and if fans are to take a hint from the intense action that has been dished out so far; then they are in for some exciting and breathtaking nights in the Guinness/Georgetown Football association/Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports/National Sports Commission Inter Block Futsal competition at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
While the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) totally annihilated Independence Boulevard 12-1 as they got valuable target practice, the most exciting match of the 8-card night was Flamingo’s 6-1 whipping of Alpha United to underline their status as one of the favourites to win this inaugural tournament.
Both GDF and Flamingo are the only teams to date to win both their games and are leading their respective groups, F and B.
The Army was the only team on the night which fired shots from any angle and any distance and reaped the rewards with three of their long range missiles destroying the intended target.
Warren Gilkes (4, 5, 20) and Marlon Benjamin (10, 16, 17) led the goal party with a hat-trick each, Stellon David (2, 20) netted a brace with one each from Dorian Agard, Kevin Lewis, Jerome Richardson and Seon Brewley.
The Flamingo/Alpha match up was an enjoyable affair for the fans with the Premier League champs taken to school by their rivals, one of the better Futsal teams in Guyana.
Flamingo could have found themselves down by two early in the battle but Wendell St. Hill and Shawn Bishop both missed sitters. These same two players were eventually red carded in the 24th and 20th minute.
Once Flamingo got going they glided their way to a memorable win urged on by a vociferous and appreciative crowd. Leon ‘Zambuly’ Yaw, the most experienced player on the Flamingo side took his personal tally in the tournament to 5 when he banged in his teams first goal in the 11th minute.
Alpha opted to play Sherwin Vincent as their goalkeeper, with their regular man between the uprights,
Ronson Williams playing out. Dwayne Layne was on target in the 13th and 16th minutes, Orris Parris, Quincy Bourne and Cordell Dowdin contributed one each in the 20th, 24th and 25th minutes. Alpha’s consolation goal came off the boot of Andrew Murray in the 21st minute.
Fruta Conquerors made light work of Northern Rangers winning the contest 2-0; Odel Williams and veteran Gerald Gritten converting in the 3rd and 15th minutes respectively.
BK International Western Tigers roared to a 5-1 win over Black Pearl who had nosed ahead in the encounter through an Andre Lyken 3rd minute goal. Lyken’s strike which was perhaps meant to silence the Tigers only succeeded in awaking the opponent.
The Tigers never stopped attacking as they fired in 5 unanswered goals, Devon Millington leading the charge with a double in the 15th and 16th minutes. Paul Giles had evened things up for them after 3 minutes after they found themselves trailing. Kevin Gordon like Millington, hit in two goals – 18th and 24th minutes.
Santos survived an early scare from Beacon to ease to a 2-1 win. Beacon had taken the lead two minutes into the game via a Leon Fredericks effort but that was their only success of the game as Santos’ Quacy Price converted in the 4th and 18th minutes to lead his side to full points.
Sunburst Camptown had to pull out all the stops in taking an equal share of the points in their match against Victoria Champs who raced to a 2-0 advantage after only 7 minutes, Orin Elias (2) and Rolston Morrison lifting them to that position.
But the Campbellville side timed and paced themselves well against the solid East Coast outfit.
Telson McKinnon and Kester Alleyne drew them back in line with goals in the 14th and 15th minutes. Camptown now lead group A with 4 points.
The last game of the night saw once known pound for pound knock-out champs Pele making light work of BV Sideline Dam 3-1.
BV, who won their first game on the opening night of the competition, made a dream start to the match up with a goal in the first minute by Colin Jones but that was their only success of the match.
Pele, another of the respected Futsal teams, responded through efforts from Troy Kellman one minute later, Solomon Austin in the 6th and Calvin Shepherd in the 21st minute.
The top two teams from the 8 groups will advance to the group of 16 knockout stage which commences on Friday.
More exciting action is set for this evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports commencing at 19:00hrs with Independence Boulevard vs South Soesdyke, Northern Rangers vs Crane, Victoria Champions vs Houston Stars, Ann’s Grove Punters vs Uprising, Santos vs Plaisance, Western Tigers vs North Grove, Alpha United vs Buxton Back and Pele vs Riddim Squad.
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