May 02, 2015 Sports
Unknowns play Star Boyz for third place
The large turnout of fans that descended on the Mackenzie Market Tarmac to witness the
semi-finals of the Linden segment of the Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ Competition were treated to a spectacle of high drama in the feature clash between Amelia’s Ward Russians and Retrieve Unknowns which ended in the latter’s favour 4-3 in sudden death penalty kicks on Thursday night.
The result came after regulation and extra time concluded in a nil-all stalemate thereby sending the encounter into penalty kicks.
In the other semi-final which was settled in regulation time, Wisroc through a solitary strike off the boots of Omar Archer in the 16th minute of play dashed any hope that Star Boyz harboured of competing for the title.
Following their respective wins, both teams will meet on Monday, at the same venue to decide who will enjoy bragging rights for one year, since both teams have already qualified for the national playoffs by virtue of their top two finish in the competition.
Just before the final, the third place playoff between Retrieve Unknowns and Star Boyz will take place.
In the opening encounter between Wisroc and Star Boyz, both teams started out the match tentatively as they created very little chances of scoring in the first period and the half came with them deadlocked nil-all.
The second period saw some amount of fireworks, but errant finishing kept the contest even until Archer raced on to a pass delivered on the right flank, before unleashing a powerful strike into the lower left hand corner of the goal to evoke wild celebrations from their supporters.
Wisroc despite being put under pressure from a sustained offensive attack by Star Boyz were able to nullify all the threats and secure their final spot.
In the second semi-final showdown, last year’s beaten finalist Retrieve Unknowns will have no such opportunity to go one better after succumbing to the Russians in a nerve tingling shootout that had the fans sweating with nervousness.
The first round of penalty kicks ended 1-1 after both sides failed to hit the target in their second and third attempts, thus necessitating sudden death kicks.
It was during this process that the fans were truly compensated for their patience during the goal drought as the teams scored and missed crucial kicks.
The scores stayed leveled as both teams missed in the fourth round of penalty kicks. It became 2-2 as the respective shooters scored from the distance in the fifth round of penalty kicks.
Amelia’s Ward then took the lead in the seventh round requiring Unknowns to score to keep their hopes alive, but unfortunately the shooter muffed the chance ultimately sending the Russians into the final and the opportunity to play for the top prize of $300,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up is set to collect $150,000.
The third and fourth place finishers will receive $100,000 and $75,000 respectively.
The night’s full results:
Star Boyz-0 vs Wisroc-1
Amelia’s Ward Russians-0 vs Retrieve Unknown-0
Amelia’s Ward Russians won 4-3 on sudden death kicks
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