Thousands of football fans were on hand to witness Tiger Bay’s Queen Street dismantle the usually impregnable defence of Stevedore Housing Scheme en route to being crowned Georgetown Zone champions when the curtains came down on the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets; Futsal Competition on Saturday night, at the National Park.
The new champions were led to victory through goals from Leon Fredericks, who netted in the 13th minute of play and Alpha Fletchman’s 27th minute strike.
Earlier, in the third place playoff, Hope Street, also of Tiger Bay set the tone for the community’s success when they edged Albouystown ‘B’ 1-0 through a solitary strike from their leading marksman Wrensford Coleridge whose effort came in the 5th minute of play.
The start of the final saw an urgent Queen Street immediately on the offensive with the silky Deon Alfred and Fredericks coming close to giving their team the ascendancy, narrowly missing the mark with some powerful efforts.
However, it was the same duo that combined to give them the lead when Alfred delivered a pass inside the goal area which was met by Fredericks, who hammered his shot into the goal.
The clinical finish ignited ecstatic celebrations from the Tiger Bay supporters as their team held the early advantage.
Finding themselves trailing, Stevedore Housing Scheme tried desperately for the equaliser, but stubborn defending put paid to their ambitions as the whistle for half time sounded with Queen Street clinging to a slim 1-0 lead.
On the resumption, both teams treated the large gathering of fans to a fine exhibition of attacking play which was supported by admirable defending, but once again it would be Queen Street that seized the initiative through Fletchman, who fired home to give them a 2-0 cushion with their large support base erupting in celebrations as the clock neared the end of the game and $500,000 getting ever so closer to take home.
Queen Street defended with unyielding tenacity repeatedly resisting every offensive foray of the opposition, before the final whistle sounded to crown them the new champions of Georgetown.
Stevedore Housing Scheme, however, did not go away empty-handed and collected the runner-up prize of $300,000 and a trophy, while Hope Street went away with $200,000 and Albouystown ‘B’ $100,000.
Both finalists have now qualified to represent Georgetown in the national playoffs scheduled to be staged next year.
In the two exhibition games that preceded the final and third place playoffs, Guinness Bar edged Globe Yard 3-2 and Oasis Taxi got the better of the Media side 2-0.
Guinness Brand Manager, Lee Baptiste in brief remarks, said Banks DIH Limited is satisfied with the outcome of the tournament in terms of the quality of play seen and the large crowd that flocked the various venues, referring to the tournament as a huge success.
Banks DIH Limited’s Communications Manager, Troy Peters, echoed similar sentiments, adding that the aim of the concept was to uncover the talent that reside in the streets, adding that it has been a big success over the years.
Petra Organisation collaborated with Banks DIH Limited to stage the tournament, and according to Co-Director, Troy Mendonca, several other zonal competitions will be hosted in early 2014 to determine the teams that will contest the national playoff.
Zone competitions are slated for Berbice, East Coast Demerara, West Demerara, Linden and Bartica.
The winner of the national playoff in June will earn the right to represent Guyana at the Guinness Caribbean Street Challenge the following month in Trinidad and Tobago.
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