By Michael Benjamin
A beacon is an intentionally conspicuous device designed to attract attention to a specific location but the Beacons FC failed to meet the qualifying standards and, in fact, it was Camptown FC that played masterfully and dimmed ‘The Beacons’ light 6-1 when action resumed in the GFA/Banks Beer Cup Round Robin football tournament at the GFC Ground last Sunday evening.
This was only a part of the action as Rhythm Squad added to the excitement and defeated Santos FC 3-1 thus cementing its place in the knockout stages and staying on track for championship honours.
Reshawn Sandiford netted a hat-trick in the 26th, 69th and 90th minutes for Camptown, while Peter Parks supported with a brace in the 11th and 55th minutes. Antonio Sancho (65) was the other player to breach the Beacon’s defence, while Beacon’s lone goal came in the first half. Rhythm Squad’s goals were scored by Amos Ramsay (1; 55) and Andel Flue (65) while Santos’ response was kicked in by Krenroy Demonic (34).
The sound of the whistle was still resonating when Ramsay seized the initiative and raced to Santos’ goal. He was met by an advancing goalkeeper but retained an impeccable presence of mind, scooping the ball over his head to send his teammates into ecstasy. The game continued at a hectic pace with Santos opting for long passes but Rhythm Squad maintained a strong offensive complimented by an efficient defensive cordon.
Ramsay was the man to watch and Santos kept him in check while looking for the equalizer. The dapper striker eventually made a breakthrough along the left flank and tested the opposition’s custodian, Dervin Bennett, with a sharp kick which he miraculously parried back into play. As the minutes dwindled to the culmination of the first session, Rhythm Squad seemed to be sitting pretty, that is, until Demonic pasted their custodian to equalize the situation. Sheldon Hope then performed a solo and unleashed a powerful kick which the Santos custodian disdainfully tipped over the crossbar moments before the break.
The battle for supremacy intensified and both teams attacked with venom, each attempting to surge ahead. Rhythm squad was eventually rewarded when Ramsay went up to a superb cross from the left and deftly steered the ball with his head into the goal.
The effort seemed to have opened the floodgates and Flue took advantage of a loose ball amidst a goal scrimmage that extended his team’s lead even as the end drew close.
The game then got a bit rough as Santos valiantly attempted to bring the situation back to equilibrium. This resulted in several incidences of unorthodox confrontations and the referee issued no less than 3 yellow cards to players from both teams. In the end, Rhythm Squad held its nerve right up to whistle time.
Play continued at the same venue last evening when Black Pearl went up against Flamingo while GDF opposed Pele FC. The tournament has now reached the stage when the losers go home so the action promises to be intense. Results of last night’s games will appear in tomorrow’s edition.
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