– Several top teams win
This year’s Georgetown Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Futsal Competition
got off to an exciting start with several teams anticipated to be in the reckoning for the championship trophy securing wins on opening night, at the Demerara Park, Ruimveldt.
Among the teams that enjoyed a fruitful night were former champion Back Circle, North Ruimveldt, Island All Stars, debutant Sparta Boss, Alexander Village and Albouystown ‘A’.
In what was billed as the main attraction of the night’s proceedings, debutant Sparta Boss loaded with some special talent was made to fight, before scraping past a determined Festival City Street Fighters 1-0 in their Group-G matchup.
Former national striker Devon Millington’s 2nd minute effort made all the difference between the two sides after dribbling past the last stop, before lashing into the right corner.
The opening game saw North East La Penitence survive 2-1 in a penalty shootout against South Ruimveldt after their Group-B affair finished nil-all at the end of regulation time.
The second contest of the evening pitted North Ruimveldt against neighbours Tucville and the former won by a 2-1 margin in their group-B affair.
Gerald Gritten’s goal which came almost immediately after the whistle blew to signal the start of play had the opposition on the backfoot, scoring from a first time cracker.
Tucville, however, did not wilt and produced some dangerous excursions into North Ruimveldt’s goal area, but robust defending denied them early, before Dennis Edwards thunderbolt from the right side was deposited into the goal.
Both teams came close to breaking the deadlock and it was not until the 22nd minute that Colin Daniel’s goal gave North Ruimveldt the ascendancy which eventually proved crucial.
In the fourth matchup, Alexander Village beat Charlestown 3-2 on sudden death kicks after regulation time ended 1-1 in their group-F showdown.
Andre Trotz gave Charlestown the lead after six minutes, turning inside his marker to finish calmly.
However, that advantage lasted for just one minute when Wendell Pedro gained the equaliser, dribbling past a defender, but still managed to hit the target whilst falling.
The first round of penalty kicks failed to produce a winner after ending 1-1, before sudden death shootout proved too tall for Charlestown.
In Group-C, Island All-Stars eased past East Front Road 2-1 with Paul Port in the 3rd minute and Kevon Hyman in the 23rd, the players on target for the winner, while Kacy John’s 13th minute strike had levelled the proceedings earlier.
In Group-D, Albouystown ‘A’ squeezed past Laing Avenue 1-0 through a Devon Dooker 19th minute effort.
In the penultimate fixture, Back Circle overcame fellow East Ruimveldt based unit California Square in their physical group-E derby matchup 2-1 on penalty kicks after normal time finished 0-0.
In other results, Bent Street defeated Costello Housing Scheme 1-0 in a Group ‘G’ fixture with Daniel Wilson, being the player on target in the 2nd minute.
Play in the competition resumes today at the Albouystown Tarmac with eight more matches, starting from 19:00 hrs.
Globe Yard engage Adelaide Street, Charlestown; North Sophia tackle Festival City Warriors; former champion Leopold Street go up against Stevedore Housing Scheme ‘A’; Hope Street of Tiger Bay play D’urban Street.
After the break, reigning champion Queen Street of Tiger Bay battle West Back Road; West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ match skills with Cross Street; Broad Street Bullies battle Riverview and host Albouystown ‘B’ entertain South Sophia.
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