Dec 16, 2011 Sports
-Beacons cruise past Flamingo
Club champions Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United sent an ominous warning to all pretenders to their throne that they are not in any mood to accommodate such after inflicting a crushing 11-0 win over a hapless and clearly outclassed Charlestown United in the first game of a double header in the GFA / Banks Beer Knockout Cup which continued on Wednesday evening, at the GFC ground.
Former national striker Andrew Murray Jnr led the onslaught with four goals and he was supported by doubles each from newly recruited Manasseh Primo and Dwight Peters, while Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams, Leon Grumble and national goalkeeper Ronson Williams, who was absent from between the uprights, showed his class outside by netting a goal.
In the feature clash, Beacons made light work of Flamingo by cruising to an easy 5-1 triumph.
Alpha United FC, who have represented Guyana at the CFU and CONCACAF Club Championship, also won the local national league, GT&T Cellink Premier League and Kashif & Shanghai tournament has dominated the local scene for the past five years.
Against the inexperienced Charlestown United unit, Alpha looked authoritative from the onset, dictating possession of the ball and got the required result very early when Murray found the back of the nets.
Charlestown United had at least two opportunities to level things, but poor finishing by Ola ‘Solo Tallboy’ Pedro kept Alpha in the ascendancy.
Pedro, who played at midfield failed to penetrate ‘The Hammer’s’ defence and with little support from his teammates, it became increasingly difficult for them to create scoring opportunities.
Four minutes after opening the scoring, Murray netted his second goal as Alpha took control of the game, before the diminutive striker stretched their advantage, producing a piece of magic.
He squirted down the right flank, skipped past a host of defenders, before slipping the ball past the badly positioned goalkeeper at the near post to make it 3-0.
Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams got the fourth goal in the 38th minute and it remained that way until the half time whistle sounded.
After the resumption, Murray completed his tally in the 47th minute as Alpha led 5-0 and it was clear that Charlestown needed a miracle to make it to the next phase.
Dwight Peters delivered a ripper on target to increase their lead and two minutes later returned to net his second, while Primo added two goals to his personal tally to make it 9-0.
Not to be outdone, Grumble and Williams completed the rout to send Alpha into the next round.
In the feature game, Beacon FC, though not as impressive as Alpha, produced a commanding performance against Flamingo to take a step closer to the last four.
Paul Giles commenced the scoring in the 35th minute after what appeared first to be heading for a goalless first half with both teams defending their goalmouth with some ferocity.
That opening goal seemed to vitalize Beacon and five minutes later Renford Coleridge found the back of the net.
No team managed to score thereafter and the half ended with Beacons enjoying a 2-0 cushion with 45 minutes to play.
In the second period, Phillip Rowley found his form and hammered in successive goals to give his team a comfortable 4-0 lead, but his final effort came after Jerome Richardson’s strike and Terrence Nero’s solitary goal for Flamingo.
The tournament continues on Sunday with another double header, at the same venue.
In the opening encounter, GDF collides with Black Pearl at 18:00 hrs and that will be followed by the feature clash between Riddim Squad and University of Guyana.
At stake is over G$6M in cash and other prizes and sponsors include Mc Neal Enterprises, Courtney Benn Construction Company Ltd and main sponsor Banks DIH Ltd among others.
Guyanese you are being prostituted by your politicians!
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