– Hope Street of Tiger Bay impressive
West Back Road made an auspicious start in this year’s Georgetown Zone of the
Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ Futsal Competition after producing an inspiring performance to beat National and Georgetown champions Queen Street Tiger Bay 2-0 on Sunday evening, at Demerara Park.
Playing in front of a fair-sized crowd that had a lot of supporters from the defending champions camp, West Back Road never looked intimidated throughout the contest and went ahead in the 9th minute through Akeem Fitzpatrick, who dispossessed the final defender, before firing into an empty goal.
Bouyed by their early success, the underdogs continued to dominate play and came close to adding another goal, but a timely clearance kept the champs in the game.
The half came with West Back Road clinging to a slim 1-0 advantage, but still holding the momentum as fans anticipated a fight back was in store from the reigning titlists.
However, there was no stopping the young West Back Road unit as they once again seized the initiative with another strike this time courtesy of Jamal Haynes, who won a one-on-one battle, before poking the ball into the goal in the 13th minute of play.
They then held on grimly, withstanding numerous raids from the Tiger Bay side until the final whistle sounded, causing major celebrations from the West Back Road supporters.
In the opening game, Festival City Warriors squeezed past North Sophia 2-1. Daniel Favourite’s 8th minute strike gave the Warriors a positive start following an easy finish after being fed a clinical pass from the right flank.
The Warriors missed an opportunity to add to their lead after being awarded a penalty kick which sailed just outside the left upright.
North Sophia was quick to respond following their stroke of luck when Leron Jones delivered the goal of the night.
Jones, lurking on the left wing, got on to the end of a floated pass and he rose effortlessly in the air to glance a header over the leaping Solomon Austin into the goal. It was a moment of magic.
However, North Sophia failed to produce any spark after that and Favourite, who had missed the spot kick earlier made amends when he punched home from close range in the 17th minute of play.
Hope Street of Tiger Bay sounded an ominous warning to opposing teams when they inflicted a crushing 4-0 win over D’urban Street in their group-D match.
Dwayne Dickson’s 9th minute penalty kick got them on the scoresheet and that lasted until the 22nd minute when Stephon Moore made it 2-0.
One minute later, the situation worsened for D’urban Street after an intended pass deflected off the foot of a defender and trickled over the goal line.
Pierre Bobb then displayed enviable skill, marching past the last stop, before finishing with aplomb down the centre of the goal.
In other results, Randolph Wagner’s 4th minute goal helped West Front Road-Gold is Money beat Cross Street 1-0.
Broad Street Bullies brushed aside Riverview 2-0 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 0-0, while Globe Yard were comfortable winners against Adelaide Street Charlestown 2-0.
On target were Lionel Grimes (7th) and Kevin Lewis in the (13th).
Leopold Street gained a walkover from Stevedore Housing Scheme.
The final matchup of the evening saw Albouystown-B beat South Sophia 2-1 in a bruising encounter.
Dwayne Lowe gave South Sophia the lead in the 6th minute, before Marlon Nedd responded for Albouystown-B one minute later.
Roy Cassou then scored the go ahead goal in the 14th minute one that stood until the final whistle sounded.
The action is scheduled to resume today, at the National Cultural Centre Tarmac with eight more games, commencing at 19:00 hrs.
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