Jan 31, 2015 Sports
-KO phase starts tonight
Despite going down by a 1-0 margin to Uitvlugt, tournament favourite Den Amstel earned
enough points in the preceding rounds to make it to the quarter-finals of the West Demerara Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ Futsal Competition which continued on Thursday night at Vergenoegen Rice Mill Tarmac.
Playing before a fair-sized crowd in overcast conditions, Uitvlugt came into the contest needing a victory to clinch a spot in the last eight gave early notice of their intentions, missing the mark close on two occasions, before Colin Benjamin reached on to an exquisite pass from the veteran Owen McGarrell and lashed home his effort.
Den Amstel looking to keep their unblemished record intact, tried vigorously to get the equaliser, but robust defending and some threatening counter-attacks kept them apprehensive for the most part and that posture lasted until the final whistle sounded to hand Uitvlugt a well deserved win and a place in the quarter-finals.
Pouderoyen Showstoppers, one of the teams that opened the night with an unbeaten record, kept a clean slate when they beat Samaroo Dam 2-0 with Marvin Josiah firing them into the lead with a fierce right-footer, before he returned to nail the coffin four minutes later.
Raiders then cemented their spot in the quarters after cruising past a game, but clearly overpowered Demerara Speedboat unit by a 3-0 margin.
On target for the winners was Kevin Marshall, who netted in the 6th minute, Alanzo Bowman in the 18th and Ronsdale Knight, who entered the scoresheet six minutes later.
West Side Ballers through an 18th minute effort from Dwayne St. Kitts was all that was needed to eliminate Jetty, while Brothers United made it to the knockout stage after registering an impressive 3-0 triumph over host Vergenoegen All Stars.
Adami Hoyte hammered in the 13th and 22nd minutes, while Gadi Hoyte had given them the ascendancy as early as the 4th minute of play.
Also, booking their place in the next round was Patentia Street Ballers who survived a keen tussle against Majee Street, before coming away with a tense 3-2 win in sudden death kicks. The two teams failed to break a 0-0 deadlock at the end of regulation time.
Admiral United squeezed past Showtime 2-1 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 1-1. Kevon McPherson put Admiral United ahead after 22 minutes, Toine Lopes’s penalty two minutes later levelled the proceedings.
Earlier, Golden Stars set the tone for the evening when they edged DeKinderen 1-0 even though it did not save them from being eliminated.
Sebastian Edwards’ goal in the 20th minute merely ensured that they finished the tournament on a high.
Jetty Gunners returned to play against Samaroo Dam in what was both teams second fixture of the night and the former prevailed 3-2 in sudden death penalties after regulation time ended 0-0.
Action in the competition resumes tonight at the same venue commencing from 20:00 hrs.
In the first game, DeKinderen United tackle West Side Ballers and that will be followed by the clash between Showstoppers and Brothers United from 20:30hrs.
Patentia Street Ballers then square off against Uitvlugt, before Den Amstel engage Raiders.
The winning team will receive $300,000 and the championship trophy, runner-up $150,000, 3rd place- $100,000 and 4th place- $75,000.
There will be a Fair Play prize which is worth $50,000, while the top two finishers will advance to the national playoffs.
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