Oct 10, 2011 Sports
Home team Den Amstel suffered the first and only loss in the final game of the Trophy Stall / West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) Under-17 League to Uitvlugt, 5-3, but were still crowned champions when the League ended yesterday afternoon.
It was a fitting climax to this inaugural tournament with the fans from both villages treated to some pulsating action by the youngsters.
Dating back many years, whenever these two villages clashed in any sport, it is always a ding dong affair and yesterday that tradition was maintained as the future stars of the game in the West sought to give of their best.
The tournament’s highest goal scorer Andre Hector who ended with 16 gave his side the lead in just the 3rd minute, the first of his double in the game. But Delon Lanferman, who ended as the leading marksman for Uitvlugt, also netted twice in the game and drew his side level in the 18th minute.
The home team consolidated the lead with a second goal off the boot of Gavin Graham in the 28th minute; the home team was now harboring feelings of a clean slate for the competition but that was not to be as the determined Uitvlugt side kept on coming at them.
Marlon Brandis drew Uitvlugt level in the 32nd minute to send his supporters into a frenzy, but the celebration was short lived as 5 minutes later Hector was on target again to restore the advantage for Den Amstel.
Uitvlugt knew that for them to win the championship they would have had to score lots of goals and they went about the task in a businesslike manner. It did not take long for them to tie the score again at 3, that was achieved in the first minute of the second half and it was an own goal by George Langevine.
Two minutes later a powerful shot from halfway in the Den Amstel half from Lanferman eluded the grasp of the home team goalie as Uitvlugt cantered into the lead (4-3). The deal was sealed for Uitvlugt in the 78th minute compliments of a Mark Evelyn goal; a deserved win for Uitvlugt.
At the final whistle it was wild celebrations however for Den Amstel team and fans as they celebrated winning the championship, a welcome return to competitive football on the West Demerara.
Manager of Trophy Stall, Ramesh Sunich, the sponsor of the tournament was unable to be at the game but sent congratulations to Den Amstel for winning the inaugural competition and promised that the tournament would be played on an annual basis.
Den Amstel’s Andre Hector ended as the Highest Goal Scorer with 16, while Uitvlugt’s Delon Lanferman ended with 13, two of the promising forwards for the West Demerara.
In the penultimate game of the competition, Wales recorded their first win, a 4-0 whipping of Young Achievers which ended without tasting victory. Andre Bernard scored twice (7, 13) with one each from Onacy Bernard in the 19th minute and Levi Anthony in the 57th. The presentation of prizes is set to take place on Wednesday evening at the Den Amstel Community Centre.
Final Points Table
Team P W L D GF GA GD Points
Den Amstel 6 5 1 0 27 8 +19 15
Uitvlugt 6 5 1 0 25 11 +14 15
Seawall 6 4 2 0 18 8 +10 12
Eagles 6 4 2 0 10 13 -3 12
Wales 6 1 4 1 12 22 -10 4
Stewartville 6 0 4 2 3 12 -9 2
Young Achievers 6 0 5 1 3 19 -16 1
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