Victoria Kings’ Coach, Mark ‘Sevens’ Critchlow is declaring that his unit will play at a higher level when they clash with Ann’s Grove in the feature game of today’s semi-final meetings in the GT Beer/Berbice Cup KO football Tournament set for the Monedderlust FC ground, Number 5 Village, West Coast Berbice.
His counterpart, Garfield Reynolds is also assuring fans that his Ann’s Grove side will be at their best since they are determined to beat the Kings for the very first time in competition.
“We have never beaten them and in the recent East Coast league we lost 2-0, but what is most encouraging is the playing surface at Monedderlust. The players relished the field as we scored 5 goals in our last game and this is of course a few hours after beating Buxton Stars 2-0 in the East Coast league. The mood in the camp is one of great expectations”, Coach Reynolds explained.
Another key factor will be crowd support, which Reynolds says is expected to be big, “The entire village is looking forward to the game and there will be bus loads making the trip, so we will not be wanting for support. Training sessions have been going well and the players are highly motivated and hungry for a first win against the Kings. This game is sure to bring out the best in them”, Reynolds claimed.
In his usual calm and confident way, Coach Critchlow opined that while he takes each opponent seriously he has no doubt that the Kings will be contesting the final.
“The game is played on the pitch and although we have the psychological edge of never losing to Ann’s Grove we have to go out and execute on game night. I have no doubt, based on our preparations, that the guys will continue their winning ways. I guess it has become a habit now. It is the feeling in the camp that we will be playing at a high level and depending on the situation of the game we have two very talented youths to introduce,” Critchlow stated.
The all-East Coast match-up is set to kick-off at 20:00hrs following the other semi-final which is an all-Berbice affair between Cup holders Monedderlust FC and Cougars FC. All four teams will earn a piece of the prize money worth one million dollars and will be in action on October 25th when the 3rd place play-off and Championship matches will be contested.
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