– GDF, Tigers to play for third place
Manager of Santos Football Club Frank Parris received a wonderful birthday present when his side registered a battling 2-1 win over the highly touted Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to make it to the final of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA)/Banks Beer Cup following the conclusion of semi-final action on Sunday, at the
Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, Bourda.
Santos, one of the oldest existing clubs in Georgetown, went ahead as early as the eight minute of play through the diminutive Anthony Abrams whose powerful header flew past the advancing Delon Younge into the right hand corner of the goal.
The end result silenced the strong GDF support, while Santos’s band of fans celebrated the fine effort of Abrams.
The game, which was played in difficult conditions underfoot, saw both teams coming close to scoring, but excellent work by former national goalkeeper Richard Reynolds appearing for Santos and Younge kept the scoreline slightly in favour of Santos.
GDF eventually gained the equaliser through a penalty strike from Kennard Simon in the 42nd minute of play after one of his teammates was brought down inside the penalty area thereby forcing the referee to award a spot kick which was duly scored.
The half came with none of the teams in the ascendancy, but the Army beginning to assert themselves, while Santos seemed not to be intimidated by the favourite tag of their opponents.
The resumption saw Santos resume where they left off, attacking the backline of the soldiers and were rewarded with the go ahead goal when guest player Christoff Wensly fired hard into the back of the net to give them the lead once again and one that they held until the final whistle sounded to evoke celebrations among their supporters.
In the feature game, West Demerara’s Slingerz were lucky to escape with a 1-0 win against Western Tigers courtesy of an own goal off the boots of Ryan Adolph in the 71st minute of play after he attempted to clear a threatening cross, a fortunate position which they held until the final whistle which gives them the chance to play for the first prize of $4million.
The loser walks away with $2.5million, while the third place finisher receives $1.5million and the fourth place team collects $1million.
The final will be staged tomorrow, at the GCC ground, Bourda.
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