It will be defending Champion Monedderlust versus Victoria Kings in the final of the 2nd annual GT Beer/Berbice Cup KO football Tournament. The finalists advanced to the Championship game after scoring contrasting semi-final wins last Saturday (October 18th) when play continued at the Monedderlust ground in Number Five Village, West Coast Berbice.
The double-header truly lived up to its pre-game billings – plenty goals and fans – as the sizeable crowd was served up the most goals – 12 – on any playing day in this year’s Tournament.
In the evening’s opener, the home-side defused all hopes Cougars FC had of reaching the final with a clinical display worthy of a Champion, scoring a pair in each period while conceding a solitary 2nd half goal.
The Cup holders started out exactly as Coach Raul ‘Jughead’ Huntley would have asked of them. As early as the 2nd minute Kenson Lindsley opened the scoring and within three minutes Captain Travis Henry made it 2-0 from the Penalty Mark.
Cougars quickly got their composure together after the early jitters and settled down to offer some resistance while the Champions were content to just posses and maintain.
On the resumption, it was the NA based unit that looked the aggressor as they were rewarded in the 64th minute thanks to defender Stefon DeFlorimonte. Urged on by the home crowd the Cup holders came alive again. A double by forward, Atlyn Browne in the 72nd and 86th minutes cemented the fate of Cougars as the game ended 4-1.
The night cap provided the vociferous East Coast supporters with much to shout about throughout the Derby as the Kings withstood a late challenge by Ann’s Grove United to prevail by the odd goal in seven.
Elder statesman Winston Pompey’s treble secured the victory for the former Kashif and Shanghai Champions after an own goal by Ann’s Grove opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Pompey then produced a double within the space of five minutes (33rd and 38th) to give Kings a commanding 3-0 half-time lead. Ten minutes into the 2nd segment Pompey completed the first hat-trick of the competition when he netted from the Penalty Mark.
It was the first of four Penalties to be awarded in the game as Mackstan Adams made no mistake from the mark in the 60th minute as well as in the 1st and 6th minutes of injury time to end a spirited end by Ann’s Grove as the game ended 4-3.
The Kings and Monedderlust will now meet in the final worth $400,000 to the winner and $300,000 to the runners-up, while Ann’s Grove will tackle Cougars in the 3rd place play-off match worth $200,000 for the winner and $100,000 to the loser.
The 8-team KO Tournament, co-hosted by Starlight Generation and Monedderlust FC and with part-sponsorship by Banks DIH, will climax this coming Saturday October 25th at the Monedderlust Venue.
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