As was the forecast, fans were treated to some spine-tingling Futsal action, when the semi-finals came off at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Wednesday evening, witnessed by an animated crowd.
Led by a helmet trick from Omoli Nassey, Uprising mauled Fruta Conquerors 8-5 and in the game of the night; a high intensity affair, Flamingo piloted by a brace each from the inspirational and undoubtedly Guyana’s best Futsal player Leon ‘Zambuly’ Yaw and Orin Peters put away the challenge of Pele 6-5 in a nerve racking showdown.
Flamingo and Pele had one thing in common; they both were Futsal champions before, but it was the determination and self belief of Flamingo led by Yaw that saw them through to yet another final.
Pele, featuring a battery of stars looked sure winners on paper, but on the court it was a different proposition with the eventual winner showing why they are regarded as one of the best in this version of the game.
The first half ended with the score tied 1-1, which underscores the tightness of the exchanges. However, it was Flamingo who took the lead, when goal keeper Orin Peters banged home the first of his double from the 10m penalty spot, after both sides found themselves in early foul trouble after accumulating 5 fouls each.
Thereafter, any foul would see the team drawing the foul going to the 10m penalty spot and that’s how Flamingo took the lead in the 14th minute after Yaw was brought down. Pele had their chances too from the 10m spot too, but failed to score.
Flamingo’s lead did not last too long, in the 15th minute Gerald Whittington took care of business from the 6m penalty spot to even the score.
In the second half, Flamingo continued to take charge of proceedings as they consolidated, but Pele never backed off. Yaw (16) touched in the first of his two, one minute into the second half, but Shemroy Arthur responded in like manner with the first of his double in the 17th.
The exchanges thereafter were pound for pound, but Flamingo continued to enjoy the better of the exchanges. In the final analysis, Pele were guilty of holding the ball too much and not pressing towards goal, while the winner must be complimented for allowing them (Pele) the luxury of ball possession to their ultimate downfall. Pele did not help their cause when Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant was red carded in the 23rd minute.
Yaw completed his brace in the 21st, Deon Allen was on target in the 20th, Peters achieved his brace in the 23rd, while Quincy Bourne hit home in the 25th for Flamingo. For Pele, Arthur was on target again in the 28th, Troy Kellman 23rd and Solomon Austin in the 26th.
Uprising, encountered no real problems in disposing the challenge of Fruta Conquerors, scoring at regular intervals. Nassey was on target in the 27th, 28th and twice in the 29th minute. O’Riley Small started proceedings in the 3rd minute, Daniel Favourite in the 5th and 26th and Jermaine John in the 30th.
Conquerors got their goals from Gerald Grittens (9, 19), Lester ‘Puppy’ Peters (27) with Sheldon Shepherd and Odel Williams both scoring in the 29th.
Grittens was given marching orders in the 25th.
In the exhibition games, Banks DIH and Carib battled to a 3-3 tie, Elim Church trounced their brothers from Network Deliverance Ministries 4-2, while the Media team and GT&T played to a 2-2 draw.
The grand final and third place playoff are set for tomorrow evening, Emancipation night at the same venue.
Oct 16, 2018By Sean Devers in Trinidad In association with Regal, Vnet, Noble House Seafoods & Cascadia Hotel In murky conditions and played before virtually empty stands, Guyana Jaguars, led by a 79-run...
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