Dec 04, 2012 Sports
Massive support anticipated for teams as semi-finals begin tonight
Even though most times in sports the best teams make it to the championship round, no one could have predicted that the quarter-finals of the Banks DIH-sponsored Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ Futsal Competition which was played on Sunday evening, at the Banks DIH Car Park would have produced such breathtaking action that unfolded between some of the best exponents of the format.
Before another capacity crowd that saw spectators scrambling for the best vantage points amidst the screams of supporters of the respective teams, the skills and doggedness exhibited the players only served to emphasise why the event which has taken on regional and international appeal have turned into a phenomenal spectacle.
The four exhibition matches also have prize money up for grabs and their exciting displays set the tone for a night of fascinating futsal and fans now eagerly await the semi-finals which kick off this evening, at the National Cultural Centre Tarmac.
In the first semi-final, starting at 21:30 hrs West Front Road impressive winners over Queen Street of Tiger Bay will go up against Leopold Street who survived a penalty shootout against another Tiger Bay-based team Hope Street.
West Front Road will once again be depending on the servives of the Pedro clan, Michael and Hubert along with support from Randolph Wagner to bolster their chances of winning, while Leopold Street has proven to be a stubborn team despite not having any ‘big’ name player.
They have already demonstrated their mental strength after surviving back to back penalty shootouts and the opposition should be cognisant of this and try to win the game in regulation time.
The other semi-final is between current title holders Back Circle and former champions Broad Street ‘B’ and it is no wonder that this clash happens to be the feature attraction, commencing from 22:15 hrs.
Fans could be assured that this encounter will be an explosive one and predicting a winner is as difficult as getting solutions to the problems that plague local football.
The champs have not looked as clinical as last year, but they are an experienced unit and know how to change gears on the big occasion. They barely survived an extensive penalty shootout against counterparts East Front Road, prevailing 13-12 with the Organisers having to place the penalty marker at the half way line after the normal spot failed to separate the teams initially.
Andy Duke, Dexter Bentick, Vincent Thomas, Wayne Wilson and Leon Murray will have to be in impeccable form to lead their team to victory because Broad Street ‘B’ has been in sublime form throughout the tournament.
The Gravesande brothers Jimmy and Rocky, Daniel Favourite and Kevin Griffith are all seasoned players with a wealth of experience in this format and they have proven to be a difficult unit to get past so end to end action is expected.
Two exbibition matches featuring GT Masters versus Guinness Bar from 20:00 hrs and Clippers Barber Shop vs. Upper Level at 20:45 hrs will also be played.
Meanwhile, in results of quarter-final action,
Oasis 2 beat Quick Set Car Wash 2-0
Jermaine Tinch 9th &19th min
GT Masters edged YMCA 2-1
Mark Anthony 9th min
Gordon Henry 14th min
Devon Charles 5th min
Upper Level squeezed past Banks DIH Limited 2-1
Upper Level Barber Shop
Anton George 4th min
Eric Moses 14th min
Banks DIH Limited
Clippers Barber Shop needled Guinness Bar 1-0
Clippers Barber Shop
Timothy Telford 5th t min
Leopold Street 0 v/s Hope Street Tiger Bay 0
Leopold Street Won on Penalty 3:1
Broad Street ‘B’ Sophia ‘B’ 2-0
Broad Street ‘B’
Jimmy Gravesande 9th min
Daniel Favorite 13th min
Back Circle and East Front Road drew1-1, but the former won on penalty kicks 13-12.
Wayne Wilson 11th min
East Front Road
Dexter McKenzie 8th min
West Front Road cruised past Queen Street Tiger Bay 3-1
West Front Road
Michael Pedro 6th min
Hubert Pedro 8th min
Randolph Wagner 14th min
Queen Street Tiger Bay
Leon Fredericks 10th min
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