New Road Eagles continue to impress and remain the only unbeaten team in the inaugural Ansa McAl/Stag Beer West Side 5-A-Side football tournament which continued on Wednesday last at the Vergenoegen Rice Mill Tarmac.
Seven games were carded for the night and playing in the fifth game of the evening, Paul Rodney’s goal in the 10th minute was enough to help guide New Road Eagles to a 1–0 win over Showtime.
It was an intense game and Showtime, have only themselves to blame for the loss given the fact that they had squandered several goal chances even after Rodney found the back of the nets for New Road Eagles.
Ashley Harding, in an effort to prevent Rodney from doubling the lead in the 17th minute committed a blatant foul as the player was on a clear path to the goal. After committing the offence he was given a straight red card by the referee and acknowledged the booking, even though his teammates were not in agreement with him being given marching orders.
Meanwhile, Tuschen Up-Top-Youths, one of the pre-tournament favourites, secured an entertaining come from behind 3–2 win over Jetty Gunners. Jetty Gunners’ Shane Boyce and Shawn Williams had scored in the first and eighth minute respectively to take an early lead, but John ‘Brown Boy’ Waldron would score the first of two goals in the 9thy minute to begin his side’s comeback.
Waldron’s second goal came four minutes later to level the scores. Devon Millington scored the game winner three minutes before the end of regulation (17th minute) to secure the much needed win for the Tuschen team.
Broad Street was more fortunate than their fellow city side ‘Future’ which was booted from the tournament after failing to get out of group play. In the first game of the evening, Broad Street lost 1–2 to Showstoppers but rebounded to defeat Future 1–0 in their second game.
Despite winning by the lone goal of their encounter with Showstoppers, a one goal difference ensured that ‘Future’ would not be progressing any further in the tournament.
In the feature game of the evening between Vergenoegen All-Stars and Stewartville Gunners, the former team enjoyed most of the crowd support by virtue of being at home. They took the lead in the 12th minute through Tyrone Lewis and seemed poised to come out victorious, however, a persistent Stewartville, cheered on by their vociferous supporters, ensured that the game would end in a draw.
Just when the Vergenoegen supporters began to exchange high-fives, thinking that a win was already in the bag, Marvin Henry hammered in the equalizing goal in the 19th minute and the Stewartville supporters celebrated as if they had won the final.
Action continues tonight at the same venue where several other teams will seek to strengthen their bid in order to get a chance to reach the final which is set for September 7. The first place prize is $200,000.
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