GFA/Banks Cup Round Robin Knockout tournament…
On a night when light drizzles and the chilly winds wafting from the Atlantic Ocean cast a gloom over the arena,
Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United warmed the hearts of their fans with a crushing 16-0 drubbing over Northern Rangers FC in the feature game of the GFA/Banks Cup Round Robin Knockout tournament at the GDF Ground, Thomas Lands, on Friday evening.
The Guyana Police Force were also in a destructive mood one match earlier and utilized maximum ‘Force’ to demolish Blackwater FC 3-0 in the supporting game.
Daniel Wilson led the humiliation for Alpha in the 10th, 14th, 61st, 74th and 77th minutes with able assistances from Paredes Aldair in the 3rd, 49th and 56th minutes; the last from the penalty spot. Dwayne Jacobs (5, 63), Manasseh Primo (76, 84), Chris Camacho (7), Travis Grant (8), Jacob Stevenson (23) and Jahaal Greaves (27) also contributed to the humiliation.
The Police victory was fashioned from strikes off the boots of Andy Gillis (40), Anthio Wallace (68) and Rawle Haynes (80).
The Alpha/Northern Rangers match turned out to be a supporter’s nightmare but a reporter’s dream; the match was literally played in the latter team’s half and all the reporter was required to do was note the timings of the goals.
It was truly a one sided affair with the lads from Northern Rangers totally bewildered after several attacks and counterattacks of the Alpha strike force. The latter team experimented with several combinations while in some instances utilizing wide passes thus pressuring the frail defence of the opposition.
Indeed, clever ball distribution, speed and fitness were the main attributes that kept the Northern Rangers at bay. Their shoulders were drooping long before the end of the first session which yielded 8 goals and as one fan jocularly suggested, “some football matches should be declared knockouts, just like boxing match, to save some teams from further punishment.”
The match between the Police and Blackwater turned out to be one where the fittest survived and the lawmen fitted the bill. Coach of that unit, former national striker, Earl O’Neil was on touchline urging his team on and admitted that though they won, the lawmen will be required to up their game as the tougher battles lie before them.
The two fixtures, initially billed for this evening at then Tucville Ground was pulled forward to last evening after organizers decided to pave the way for the finals of the Guinness in the Street tournament.
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