May 21, 2013 Sports
Playing at home in Albouystown in front of hundreds of their supporters was enough motivation to propel one of the pre-tournament favourites, Albouystown ‘B’, two steps closer to claiming the 2013 Mackeson ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ Futsal football title.
However, standing in their way is five other teams, including the overwhelmingly talented North East-based, Sparta Boss, which qualified Saturday night at Punt Trench and School Street,
Albouystown after clearly reinforcing their varying superiorities.
From 48 teams three weeks ago, only six have been kept alive following those contests. The first to do so was Festival City who dismissed Laing Avenue 2-0 owed to second half goals from Odell Williams, who scored in the 12th minute and Paul Bobb, who found the back of the ‘small goal’ two minutes later.
Deion (no surname given) then sent Alexander Village through to the penultimate round of the competition, which will also be played in Albouystown at the same venue Thursday night, when he scored in the seventh minute for a 1-0 win against Broad Street ‘B’.
Those that walked to the venue from Alexander Village was given the opportunity to make the journey again Thursday night when their team will vie for a place in Saturday’s final that will be held at the National Cultural Centre tarmac.
Riverview also made it to the next round via a 1-0 win against Berlin after Andre Downes scored in the second minute. Broad Street ‘A’ versus West Front Road was the only game that penalties decided after a 2-2 stalemate in the regulation 15 minutes.
Randolph Wagner put West Front Road ahead early in the game, in the first minute to be exact, but Rocky Gravesande responded in the third minute to level the scores. Broad Street went ahead when Keron Solomon scored in the sixth minute, a minute and a half before the whistle for the first half went off.
However, looking to protect their 2-1 lead through spacing the ball and defence, Broad Street opened up the gates for West Front Road in the tenth minute when Hubert Pedro collected a cross and finished for the equaliser. West Front Road, which was the more aggressive side in the contest, eventually won 4-3 on penalties.
As expected, the crowd erupted into loud cheers when their home team, Albouystown ‘B’ took the court to warm-up before their game against Wolves (Sophia). It was clear that the expectation of the crowd was a mauling of the Sophia-based team.
However, that was not to be Saturday night. Devon Forde skilfully finished in the second minute for Albouystown ‘B’ to give them a 1-0 win; their supporters, anxious for more goals from them, agonisingly encouraged Albouystown in the second half, but their taunts came up empty as their team narrowly won.
Similar eruptions greeted Sparta Boss that boasts former national striker Devon Millington along with competent sidekick, Dennis Edwards. The duo has accounted for the team’s goals throughout the tournament.
It was no different against Liliendaal. Millington scored in the second minute for the up-tempo and fast-paced team, while Edwards finished in the 12th minute for a 2-0 win that kept them on a collision course with clearly the other favourite team. (Edison Jefford)
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