Milerock defeated Silver Shattas 3-1, while Winners Connection downed Bakewell Topp XX 2-1 to earn the right to play in the Upper Demerara Football Associations (UDFA) inaugural GT Beer football final tomorrow night (New Year’s Day) at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.
Playing on a newly marked surface north of the normal playing area because of the state of the regular pitch, Milerock took advantage of the conditions as early as the 8th minute as they scored from a free kick which was awarded when striker Randy Jerome was brought down just beyond the 18 yard box in the 8th minute.
The spot kick taken, crashed through and rebounded off a Shattas defender who failed to clear and made it a 1-0 score for the Milerock side who celebrated the first goal of the game.
The smooth flowing play of Milerock was evident and they were able to increase that advantage when Ron Fiedtkou collected a pass from Mark Moses and in a fine finish scored to put his team ahead, 2-0.
However, the Shattas side were able to pull one back just before the half time whistle came as Leon Clement scored in what was registered as the 46th minute.
Milerock continued to press their constructive play but Shattas resisted before Milerock penetrated when Mark Moses scored in the 58th minute for a 3-1 advantage. The game’s score remained that way to the end and Milerock will now play in the championship game for a first prize of $1M tomorrow.
The second game saw a stunning win for Winners Connection who were off to a flying start as main striker Rawle ‘Boney’ Gittens was sent away by winger Steve Brewley in the first minute of the game and was able to score. The 1-0 shocker was enough to push back Topp XX as Winners Connection showed grit and determination to make the best of a fairytale start. This was supported by a team that was resolute and by the 24th minute Winners Connection increased their lead through former top school boy forward Marmaleque Davidson who struck home a nice goal from about 20 yards out.
Topp XX showed glimpses of their known high standard of play but simply could not get their act together. Half time saw Winners Connection comfortably ahead 2-0.
Playing the second half would not change the setting much for top XX as Winners Connection continued their positive game plan and seemed to like the conditions more than Topp XX.
However, Topp XX did cut the lead of Winners Connection through Shawn Daniels in the 79th minute, but Winners Connection eventually triumphed by a 2-1 score-line and now face Milerock for bragging rights and the top prize of $1M tomorrow, New Year’s day. Topp XX and Shattas will battle for $500,000 and the losers get $250,000.
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