By Michael Benjamin
The tournament has only just commenced but already the action is intense and riveting and points to an interesting climax as the participating teams in the GFA/Banks Beer Cup round robin knockout tournament turn in action packed displays thus heightening those expectations.
Santos FC and Rhythm Squad FC are the latest teams to chalk up victories; the former defeated Beacon FC 3-1, while the latter won out 2-1 in a keenly contested affair with Camptown FC at the GDF Ground, Thomas Lands last Monday evening.
Santos is indebted to Gavin Wilson who netted a classic brace in the 30th and 31st minutes and Anthony Abrams whose 30th minute effort complemented Wilson’s contribution. Kimba Braithwaite pulled back an inconsequential goal in the 25th minute for Beacon FC.
The Camptown/Rhythm Squad duel was the feature game but was delayed somewhat after the former team was cited by the referee for several inconsistencies. Just after these issues were cleared up the two teams went after each other with gusto.
Sheldon Hope attacked and managed to dribble past Camptown’s defensive line up but inexplicably failed to press home the advantage, wasting the effort with a tame shot that failed to past the opposition’s custodian.
The players from both sides intensified their efforts during the first session and after two occasions of rough play the referee flicked out yellow cards. Despite the heightened action the teams went in at the intermission stalemated 0-0.
The action picked up considerably in the second session and Teon Jones sped down the right flank but his tame strike was scooped up by the Camptown custodian. In the meantime, Camptown’s Troy ‘Bugsie’ Prescott and Reshawn Sandiford carried the attack to their opponents but it was Lance Rawleson who dribbled his way to Rhythm Squad’s goal and was on the verge of breaking the stalemate when he was unceremoniously brought down inside the box by one of Rhythm Squad’s defence and his team was awarded a penalty. Sandiford took the shot and managed to break the stalemate in the 68th minute.
The battle for supremacy continued at a fierce pace and Camptown tenaciously held on to their slim lead until the opposition earned a corner kick. The shot was not as accurate as it should have been but Prescott inadvertently stretched out his hand and he stopped the progress of the ball resulting in a penalty kick against his team in the 80th minute; Sceyon Hope’s fierce shot was settling in the network even before the Camptown custodian managed to move. Two minutes later, Amos Ramsay added his contribution, a straight, flat shot that had goal written all over it from the time it left his boot.
Camptown could be credited for a valiant effort to equalize the situation but their opponents exhibited a similar level of determination and when the final whistle sounded the team from Campbellville found themselves short by the odd goal.
Activities resume this evening with two matches at the same venue; GDF will take on Black Pearl FC in the supporting match to Pele FC and Flamingo FC. On Friday, GPF FC tackle Black Water FC moments before Alpha United face off with Northern Rangers FC.
Activities move to Tucville Ground on Saturday when Houston Stars take on Fruta Conquerors and GFC play Western Tigers. The latter two matches were scheduled for Saturday evening but the organizers have shifted to accommodate the finals of the Guinness in the Street tournament scheduled for that night.
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