Nov 01, 2011 Sports
The controversy surrounding the status of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) was
unmistakably put to rest after all but one of the affiliated clubs came out in a show of support for the commencement of the GFA /Banks DIH President Beer Super League on Sunday, at the GFC ground.
The occasion which had in attendance the entire executive of the GFA including President Vernon Burnett, Vice-Presidents Mark Phillips, Ivor Thompson and Kwebena Griffith, General Secretary Christopher Matthias, Treasurer Dexter Schultz, Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters and Director of Sport Neil Kumar saw comments made by them and was followed by an entertaining double header.
In the opening game, Santos defeated Beacon 4-1, while a youthful Fruta Conquerors side edged the experienced Sunburst Camptown 1-0.
The feature contest saw a determined Fruta Conquerors led by the rapidly improving Pernell Schultz, who was admirably supported by the nippy Jermain Junor and Eon Alleyne, Trevon Lythcott and goalkeeper Colin Edwards.
Edwards was outstanding between the uprights, producing some brilliant saves that kept the Camptown unit and their fans at bay, while Schultz was simply irrepressible and clearly showed what a wonderful talent he is.
Playing on the left side of the field, Schultz received a pass from the right flank, dribbled one defender, before unleashing a fierce right-footer that sailed past the outstretch hands of the opposing goalkeeper and landed into the roof of the net in the far corner.
It was a deadly strike that proved to be the decisive factor in the match even though Camptown’s inspiration Troy Prescod and company manufactured some occasional magic, but was thwarted by the nimble and safe handed Edwards.
It was a good confidence booster for the emerging Conquerors team crammed with a set of junior players.
In the day’s opener, Santos another team that is in rebirth looked impressive in their win against an obviously outclassed Beacon.
On target for Santos was Trevor Lewis, who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, before Jermaine Bamfield gave them a 2-0 cushion in the 27th which they took to the break.
On the resumption, Linden Pickett (73rd) and Michael Pedro one minute before full time completed their tally, while Phillip Rowley’s 68th minute effort saved Beacon from being blanked.
Earlier, Burnett spoke of the prolonged absence of the sport in Georgetown which he stated was around two years, adding that the turnout is a clear indication that the clubs are hungry for action.
The GFA Head said that the long wait for organised activity was an agonizing one and commended the clubs for exhibiting admirable patience during the period.
He then thanked sponsor Banks DIH for standing up and offering their support to the Association and urged the clubs to strive to recapture the brilliance and excitement that characterised football in Georgetown not so long ago.
Peters in his remarks spoke of the Company’s expectations which he said was to see the tournament played with exceptional discipline and a spirit that will see fierce rivalry on the field, but at the same time being played in a friendly atmosphere.
He added that another expectation is for the large crowds that are usually associated with the sport to come out to the ground and enjoy football once again in Georgetown.
Peters closed by wishing both the Association and teams an enjoyable tournament.
Kumar in his presentation first congratulated the Association for organising the competition which he said was long overdue.
He committed the Government’s support for the sport in particular the GFA and even urged them to work closely with the Ministry so that Guyana could field much stronger teams next year at the Inter-Guianas Games.
The League continues tomorrow with another double header at the same venue.
In the first game, GFC host Flamingo from 18:00 hrs and that will be followed by Pele and Riddim Squad clash at 20:00 hrs.
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