Mar 06, 2011 Peeping Tom
Monedderlust FC and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will battle for supremacy when action in the Mayor’s Cup football competition continues with two thrilling matches at the Georgetown Football Club Ground tonight.
The soldiers would fancy their chances after defeating this team 2-0 in extra time when they met in quarterfinals of the 2009 Namilco Football Festival. Technical Director of Monedderlust Mark Bradford has been suspended and Vere Watts is currently the assistant coach.
Bradford however, was oozing confidence and believes that his boys are ready for the battle on hand. He reminded of the recent victory where his team defeated Rosignol FC 2-0 in the Cheddi Jagan Memorial semifinals. That team finished third in the GFF Super League.
Pressed for their ambitions in the tournament Bradford said, “We are taking things one step at a time. The first step is to win tonight’s match and then we will take it from there.” He further said that his men are nurturing ambitions of lifting the crown. “We have been involved in the Mayor’s Cup for approximately 4 years and are still to win it but this time around we mean business and would be coming on very strong,” declared Bradford. Efforts to reach the coach of the GDF were futile since his cell phone was off most of the day.Conquerors’ coach, Sampson Gilbert is also brimming with confidence and promises fans a chockfull of entertainment. He is pinning his hopes on such players as Marco Marcus and Odel Williams, both marshaling the midfield position. Add the skills of strikers Dwayne Lawrence and Kwame LaFleur and Gilbert is confident that his men will walk away with the honours.
“We’ve won this competition once and know what it takes to win so we will be applying the right techniques to take this match,” declared Gilbert.
Coach of the New Amsterdam FC, Lennox Adams said that his boys are also rearing to go. He admitted that his team is relatively young but believes that his charges are enthusiastic about the job at hand. “We are a developing club and we love challenges we have played Conquerors in the Cheddi Jagan tournament and won, but we lost out to them in last year’s Mayor’s Cup,” he said.
However, the coach further explained that the lost match was their debut into the tournament. “We are much more experienced and would deal with the situation much better,” he assured. He will place his hopes on National U-17 and striker Adrian Adams as well as Delroy Ferdinand, a national U-20 player that participated in the last Inter Guiana
Games in Suriname. Then there is the young, budding goalie Jovano Luiz as well as Colin Bowrie, a former national player. “I’m optimistic of winning but wants to take things one at a time,” was Adams’ remarks when asked to make a prediction.
Meanwhile, when the curtains went up on the tournament Friday evening last, Pele FC avenged their 2-0 defeat in last year’s edition of the tournament to Seawall United FC with a 5-1 trouncing at the Georgetown Football Club Ground. Travis Grant registered a brace in the 21st and 29th minutes and received support from Marvin Joseph in the 31st, Sheldon Holder (56th) and Daniel Wilson (67th).
Mark Boyce (52) was the lone contributor for Seawall United FC. Pele will now face and Riddim Squad in the quarterfinals starting Wednesday March 16.
Earlier in the night, Rhythm Squad FC recuperated from a half time position of 2-1 in favour of their opponents, Den Amstel FC, to register a 3-2 victory and start their march to Mayor’s Cup honours. Andrew Hector tucked in Den Amstel’s first goal in the 13th minute following a conversion from the penalty spot while Vernon Griffith emulated his team mate’s efforts in the 18th minute. Sceyon Hope pulled one back for Riddim squad in the 23rd minute.
The keen battle for honours continued into the second half, only this time the Rhythm Squad team turned up the heat from the very sound of the whistle. Twelve minutes into this session (52nd), Amos Ramsey’s precision shot nestled at the back of Den Amstel’s goal sending his team mates into jubilation.
When Mark Gilkes’s right foot strike thundered past the Den Amstel’s goalie in the 57th minute the celebrations had started for Rhythm Squad. Some of the spectators opined that the celebrations were premature but in the end the score held up to the final whistle and sent the Rhythm Squad crew and their supporters into throes of ecstasy.
The action continues tonight at the same venue and kick off time is 18:00hrs.
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