Leopold Street became one of the early casualties after suffering an 8-2
drubbing at the hands of Festival City 8-2 as play in the inaugural Guyana Beverages Inc Busta Soft Shoe Football Competition continued on Sunday evening, at the GFC ground.
Needing a victory to boost their chances of making it to the next phase, Leopold Street with the likes of O’Kenie Fraser, Andre Sookhoo and Omallo Williams failed to handle the speed and skill of the Festival City unit.
They got off to a disastrous start when Solomon Austin pierced the defence in the opening minute with a firm strike that eluded everyone.
Two minutes later, Stellon David made it 2-0, courtesy of a fierce right-footer that nestled into the right side of the goal.
Needing to respond with urgency, Leoplod Street did just that through Jumane Somerset in the 6th minute when he rushed on to a rebound from a partial save by the goalkeeper to fire into an empty goal.
Dwayne Lawrence then increased Festival City’s advantage when he placed a shot out of the reach of the keeper following a one-on-one situation just before the break, a lead they kept until the whistle sounded.
Daniel Favourite made t 4-1 when he blasted in from close range in the 23rd minute and it was a goal riot after then as they proceeded to score four more goals in quick succession to register an emphatic win. Carl Lockhart came on as a substitute to net a brace in the 27th and 28th minutes, before Eon Alleyne put the icing on the cake with a double in the 29th and 30th minutes.
Sookhoo, who has been the most outstanding player for Leopold Street netted in the 28th minute.
Bent Street were another team in no mood to entertain any opposition from Albouystown who they hammered 4-0.
It took exactly twenty-one minutes for the stalemate to take shape as Daniel Wilson delivered a piledriver from the left side that raced into the goal. One minute later, national mid-fielder Konata Manning’s strike brushed the upright, before bouncing over the line for a 2-0 lead.
Wilson then returned to complete a pair two minutes later, before Sheldon Holder’s 27th minute completed their tally.
In other results, West Back Road upset Globe Yard 4-1.
Phillip Rowley booted a brace in the 4th and 11th minutes and his effort was complemented by solitary striked from Joel Tyrell and Jamal Haynes in the 5th and 21st minutes respectively.
On target for Globe Yard was Ademi Hoyte whose goal came in the 16th minute of play.
Ballers then dispatched Broad Street 4-2 with Steffon Ramsay netting a hat-trick in the 5th, 25th and 27th minutes, while Amos Ramsay added the other in the 21st minute.
Miguel Cummings and Jamal Cozier in the 14th and 19th minutes respectively were the respondents for Broad Street.
Kitty Weavers continued their good form with a 1-0 triumph over Tucville 1-0 to cement their place in the next round. Sherwin Vincent was the hero, scoring in the 14th minute.
Stevedore Housing Scheme beat Cross Street 2-0 with Mark Campbell’s 14th and 23rd minute efforts handing them victory.
The competition resumes tonight with the final round of the group stage round at the same venue.
In the opening fixture at 19:00hrs, Sophia go up against Durban Street; North East La Penitence take on Holmes Street of Tiger Bay from 19:45hrs; North Ruimveldt square off against Back Circle at 20:30hrs; Charlestown battle California Square from 21:00hrs; West Front Road-Gold is Money engage Queen Street Tigerbay at 21:45hrs and Sparta Boss clash with Alexander Village from 22:30hrs
The top two teams from each group in addition to the best four third place finishers will advance to the Knockout (KO) phase.
Among the other sponsors on board are: Lucky Dollar, GT&T, Star Party Rentals, Nigel’s Supermarket and Mendonca Creole.
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