Host Hearts of Oak Masters football club of New Amsterdam came out victors in the second annual Hearts of Oak Master football competition which was played last weekend at the Scott Church Ground, Princess Elizabeth Road, New Amsterdam.
Four teams participated in the competition; Hearts of Oak Masters and Scott School All Star out of Berbice, Defending Champions Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and Rastafarian Patriarchs out of Georgetown.
Playing in the finals on Sunday after the first day Saturday was played under lights, the winners defeated Rastafarian Patriarchs 4-0 in the finals. Scoring for the home team was Stephen DeFlorimonte with the double, while Terrence Lewis and Calvin Bacchus netted one each.
In the third place play off, the All Star Combination edged past GFC on sudden death penalty kicks after their game ended 2-2 after full and extra time. Seon Bristol netted the double for All Stars, while Patrick Vincent and Peter Lashley scored for GFC.
In earlier play, GFC and Scott School played to a 1-1 draw with Peter Lashley for GFC and Frederick Peters scoring for All Stars. Hearts of Oak defeated Rastafarian Patriarch by a Kurt Alphonso goal. All Stars then whipped Patriarchs 3-0 with Carlos Payne, Carlos Mingo and Seon Bristol scoring.
In another game GFC got the better of Hearts of Oak 2-1 with Floyd Manifold and Kelvin London scoring for GFC, while Terrence Lewis scored for Hearts of Oak. All Stars then defeated Hearts of Oak Masters 2-1 through a Carlos Payne double with Sherwin Forde scoring the consolation for Hearts of Oak.
In their game GFC whipped Rastafarian Patriarch 3-0.The marksmen were Patrick Vincent with a double and Shawn Brown.
In semi final play which took place on Sunday, Rastafarian Patriarch edged past Scott School All Stars 1-0 with the goal coming off the booth of Wayne Ross.
In the second Semifinal Hearts of Oak Masters blew away defending champions GFC 2-0 with Monty Fordyce and Stephan De Florimonte being on target.
At the presentation ceremony that followed, Trophies were presented to Hearts of Oak Masters, Rastafarian Patriarch, Scott School All Stars and the Georgetown Football Club for finishing in that order.
The individual prizes went to; Best Goalkeeper Ryan Kellowan; Best Defender Shawn O’ Neal and Best Midfielder Monty Fordyce all of Hearts of Oak Masters, while the best Striker was Carlos Payne with three goals of Scott School All Stars. They all received trophies.
A total of 26 goals were scored during the tournament.
According to coordinators, former national Players Neil ‘Grizzly’ Humphrey and Phillip ‘Pine’ Carrington, the idea is to keep the veterans active and to showcase the skills ability and guile of some of the former national players.
They also expressed thanks to all the sponsors and supporters who assisted them in making the tournament a success. (Samuel Whyte)
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