Conquerors FC turned back the challenge of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), inflicting a
2-0 whipping on the lawmen, while Camptown FC sent Northern Rangers packing by a similar margin when the Guyana Football Association (GFA) in collaboration with Banks DIH Ltd staged the inaugural night of the Banks Beer Knockout Cup football competition at the Georgetown Football Club ground Sunday evening last.
The action got underway at just around 18:00hrs and Pernell Schultz wasted little time in piercing the opposition’s goal to send Conquerors ahead in the 22nd minute. Spirited attempts by the lawmen to equalize the situation failed and when Duane Lawrence emulated Schultz in the 63rd minute, the writing was on the wall. The game concluded with the lawmen battling furiously in unsuccessful attempts to change the score line.
Peter Parks opened Camptown’s account in the 94th minute with a dolly that sped past the opposition’s strikers. Lancelot Rawlston then sealed the deal for the eventual winners in the 108th minute.
Sixteen teams affiliated to the GFA will battle for honours in the tournament which concludes on January 1. The teams compete in a knockout format and the next encounter will be a double header between Alpha United FC and Charlestown FC tomorrow evening. The University of Guyana will also tackle Rhythm Squad in the supporting match.
The winners of the competition carts off 3 million dollars, while the runners up wins half that amount. The third place finishers receives $500,000, while the teams that finishes fourth receives $250,000.
Officials of Banks DIH and the GFA were on hand for the official opening of the tournament. Among them were Brain Choo Hen, Banks Beer Brand Manager, Event Manager Mortimer Stewart and Media Manager Troy Peters representing the sponsors.
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