Busta Soft Shoe Football Tournament…
By Rawle Welch
Underdogs Kitty Weavers produced another impressive performance to
send favourite Festival City crashing out of the inaugural Busta Soft Shoe Football Tournament, during quarter-final action which concluded on Tuesday evening, at the GFC ground.
Appearing in the second fixture, Kitty Weavers inflicted a 3-0 drubbing on Festival City to move into the semi-finals where they will play overwhelming favourites Sparta Boss for a place in the final.
The North Georgetown unit took the lead in the 7th minute through Colin Clarke and had to wait until the second period for their next goal which came from the experienced Wendell St. Hill in the 19th minute.
One minute before full time, another local standout Quincy Madramootoo got into the act when he netted to seal a semi-final spot.
The game of the night, however, was the clash that featured Sparta Boss and the upstarted Sophia side which went into overtime after the teams remained deadlocked at 2-2 at the conclusion of regulation time.
Sparta Boss, who is favoured to win the tournament due to the cadre of quality players they possess in their line-up, had to scrap tooth and nail to shake off the pesky Sophia unit that included the diminutive Dwayne Lowe, who happened to score the equalising goal three minutes before full time to send the contest into extra time.
Shemroy Arthur gave Sophia the lead inside the first minute that silenced the Sparta Boss band of supporters, before former national striker Gregory Richardson responded in the 8th minute to level the proceedings.
Another national striker Travis Grant then gave them the ascendancy when he fired past the goalkeeper, but his effort was cancelled out by Lowe to beckon extra time.
It was during this period that the strike duo of Richardson and partner Devon Millington found their range and went on a rampage, scoring all three goals to eventually come away with an emphatic win and advance to the semis.
Richardson’s brace which came in the 33rd and 37th minutes of extra time was only interrupted by Millington’s strike in the 34th minute of play.
The two other teams that were heavily favoured to go through Queen Street of Tiger Bay and West Front Road (Gold is Money) did just that beating a weakened Bent Street and Cross Street of Werk-en-Rust respectively.
They will face each other in the semis tomorrow, at the same venue.
Three exhibition games will precede those matches.
The winning team will take home the championship trophy and $600,000, while the second, third and fourth placed finishers cart off $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively along with trophies.
The Most Valuable player collects $50,000, Most Disciplined team $25,000 and the respective group winners $25,000.
The second, third and fourth placed finishers within the groups will receive $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Apart from the Guyana Beverages Inc who is the Platinum sponsor, some of the other entities on board are: Lucky Dollar, GT&T, Star Party Rentals, Junior’s Jewellery & Gift Shop, Nigel’s Supermarket, 2Js General Store and Mendonca Creole.
Below are the night’s full results:
Queen Street Tigerbay-2 vs Bent Street-0
Darrel Harris-2nd and 13th
Festival City-0 vs Kitty Weavers-3
Wendell St. Hill-19th
Cross Street-0 vs West Front Road-1
Sparta Boss-5 vs Sophia-2
Gregory Richardson-8th, 33rd and 37th
Shemroy Arthur-31 seconds
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