Jun 11, 2014 Sports
– GCC Tigers, Hikers prevail in tense encounters
Canada-based Old Fort player Jonathan Roberts smashed in four goals to lead his team to an exciting 4-3 triumph over Hikers Cadets and claim the Bryden’s Classic Men’s Hockey title on Saturday, at the National Gymnasium.
Roberts, who is also part of the Canadain national indoor team was in sublime form as he repeatedly nullified a stubborn and encouraging performance from the Cadets that comprised two of the most promising players based locally in Aroydy Branford and Jamaar Assanah.
The two teams thrilled the fans with some electrifying hockey at both ends of the floor as the fans were kept on the edge of their seats with the young Cadets giving as much as they took.
Branford, who along with Assanah were among the standout players for Guyana at the Pan Am Cup recently, opened the Cadets’ account in the 8th minute of play after blasting in a shot following a scrimmage in the goal area.
Roberts, known for his exhilarating skills and trickery secured the equaliser in the 17th minute courtesy of some miscommunication among the Cadets defence. The half came with the teams deadlocked at 1-1 and all to play for in the final period.
Branford struck again two minutes after the interval, rifling in a fierce shot from close range which gave them a 2-1 advantage. However, that lead evaporated eight minutes later when they gave away a penalty which Roberts slotted home with consumate ease.
Old Fort took the lead for the first time in the match when Roberts netted his third goal four minutes from full time, but Assanah responded two minutes later to level the contest as the fans sensed a dramatic and pulsating remainder of the game.
They were not disappointed as both teams produced hockey of the highest quality, before the Old Fort
talisman Roberts came to the rescue once again one minute before full time, eluding the defence and hitting a shot past the goalkeeper to give them the lead 4-3 which they held until the final whistle sounded.
In the Ladies final, GCC Tigers beat their Spice counterparts 1-0 in a penalty shootout after regulation time failed to provide a scorer on either team.
Tigers looked the better of the two teams, but failed to capitalise on the opportunities they created with the Spice goalkeeper Alysa Xavier displaying tremendous form as she time and again denied the Tigers strikers.
Xavier, however, could not reproduce her heroics when it mattered, conceding a penalty flick to hand the Tigers a well deserved victory and the title. The Second Division Tournament saw Hikers turn the tables on Old Fort ‘A’ as they enjoyed a narrow3-2 win in the final.
Old Fort ‘A’ delivered back to back goals in quick succession to enjoy a handy 2-0 cushion following strikes from D. McCalmont (4th) and Tony Cole (9th). Travon Younge pulled one back on the stroke of halftime as Hikers trailed 1-2.
Leon Bacchus then leveled the scores in the 24th minute, before Younge broke the deadlock six minutes later to give Hikers a 3-2 lead which stood until the final whistle came.
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