Aruwai Plaza and Resort, Bakewell onboard
Over the past weeks football fans have been treated to several pulsating encounters as the nation’s top football
teams battled for top honours in the Mayor’s Cup Football Championship.
There has been numerous upsets characterized by several thrilling action packed affairs. The mercuriality of the matches made it almost impossible to predict the finalists which were eventually sealed when Slingerz FC and Western Tigers defeated Pele and Fruta Conquerors, respectively to set up a potentially riveting encounter when the two teams meet in the finals tonight at the Georgetown Football Club Ground.
The ‘Tigers’ proved that they are indeed made of stern stuff when they rebounded from a one nil deficit to snatch victory from Pele. Michael Pedro and Randolph Wagner were the heroes in that match and the team from West Ruimveldt will bank heavily on their input to cross the final hurdle tonight. These two players have been very prolific, spearheading Western Tiger’s drive to the finish. And if Slingerz manage to get past the ‘Tigers’ defence, they will also be faced with another challenge of breaching goalkeeper, Dereck Carter, whose theatrics between the uprights have recently earned him a place on the national squad for the friendly international game against Barbados.
While the ‘Tigers’ present a formidable line up, they have to be wary of Slingerz, a team that has earned the right to play in the big leagues. The ‘Tigers’ will also remember that it was this team that was responsible for their ouster from the last year’s Mayor’s Cup as well as the Banks Beer Cup championships.
While the ‘Tigers’ will be bristling, the team from the West Coast would be full of confidence and going all out to
replicate that feat. Dwayne Jacobs has returned to the fold and he is always a valuable asset. Add the likes of Solomon Austin, Joshua Brown, Critchlow LesCharles Soloman Austin Tichard Joseph and Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams and such a formidable line up coupled with the psychological advantage of that double defeat might just be enough to clinch the honours for Slingertz. However, this is mere speculation and if the erratic pattern continues, one could never tell what the twists and turns will unfold.
The third place playoff between Fruta Conquerors and Pele should also provide some entertainment. Both teams have battled furiously throughout the competition but could be considered unlucky to have been relegated to their current positions. This will boil down to a battle for pride and that alone would entail a vicious battle of redemption.
But even before these two take to the field, fans will be entertained with an exhibition match between the Guyana Police Force and Monedderlust for the Commander of ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken trophy.
Banks DIH has donated one million dollars for the first place prize, while Aruwai Plaza and Resort of Georgetown and Bartica respectively has put up the 3rd prize of $200,000 while Bakewell has donated the $100,000 4th prize. The second prize is $300,000.
Several other business entities have supported towards the success of the tournament including Banks DIH and AH&L Kissoon, Aruwai Plaza and Resort, Bakewell, MACORP, Busta, Sterling Products, John Fernandes, GT&T,
TCL, CIDI and the Vieira brothers of Houston. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and Courtney Benn have also chipped in. Ricks and Sari and Keishars have donated hampers for the outstanding performers.
Apart from the prize money there are the individual awards to contend for. The tournament highest goal scorer will take away a 3-piece suite compliments of AH&L Kissoon. Konata Manning (Pele) and Michael Pedro (Western Tigers) are still in with a chance of improving that tally. They both have three. A total 71 goals have been scored to date.
Trophies put up by Alfred King PS Ministry of Sport will go to the MVP and the DeSinco Trading Trophy will be given to the Best Goalkeeper.
Admission is $1,000 and the action gets underway at 18:30hrs sharp. Additional chairs will be provided to ensure comfortable seating for fans, while Slingerz sound system will be in the house to entertain patrons.
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