May 05, 2015 Sports
-Weavers collide with Queen Street for third place
By Rawle Welch
A blockbuster affair is anticipated when Sparta Boss and West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’
clash in the final of the inaugural Busta Soft Shoe Football Competition tonight, at the GFC ground.
However, before this game occurs, Kitty Weavers and Queen Street of Tiger Bay square off in the third place playoff and this too promises to be a scorching encounter after both teams produced solid performances in their semi-final matchups against Sparta Boss and West Front Road respectively.
In the feature game, Sparta Boss despite their offensive firepower will know that their opponents are no pushovers and that their prolific goalscoring ability which has seen them register 21 goals so far in the tournament, will be matched by the rigid defensive mindset of West Front Road.
Sparta Boss search for victory and become the first team to inscribe its name in the tournament’s history book will be led by former national strike twins Devon Millington and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, while another national player Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant, who has been the calming factor in the equation will once again be requested to perform a stabilising role in the mid-field.
However, the most influential player has been Sheldon ‘Saddle’ Shepherd and his ‘Libero’ role is key to the team’s success. This nippy defender, who frequently overlaps has scored some spectacular goals in the tournament at crucial times and West Front Road will no doubt be aiming to keep him in check throughout the night.
Sparta Boss goal production is so impressive that the record will show that five of their players have scored three or more goals in the competition with Richardson and Shepherd leading the way with five apiece followed closely by Millington and Grant.
Another player of much influence is Denis Edwards, his coolheadedness is always key, while he too can be lethal at times, having netted three goals to date.
The one grey area for them is consistency in their backline which has looked porous on occasions and will need to be bolstered to repel the rampaging West Front Road marksmen such as Randolph Wagner, Michael Oie and Michael Pedro, all of who are always willing to come back and defend.
Their defence has been the hallmark of their determined performances to date with Hubert Pedro being the rock of Gilbraltar, but with the offensive talent of their opponents he will definitely need huge support.
National player Colin Nelson was recently added to their lineup and he immediately showed his class, netting the lone goal against Queen Street to help book their place in the final.
Their backline has looked impregnable so far, but Richardson, Millington, Shepherd and company will fancy their chances of breaching it consistently.
An intriguing game is predicted and fans are being urged to make it a date to be there to witness the culmination of a tournament that promises to take off, especially within the communities that support Busta products.
The winning team will collect the championship trophy and $600,000, while second, third and fourth placed finishers take home $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The most discipline team will be awarded $25,000, while the Most Valuable Player (MVP) collects $50,000 and Highest Goalscorer will win a gold chain.
Apart from the Guyana Beverages Inc, the other sponsors on board are Lucky Dollar, GT&T, Star Party Rentals, Junior’s Jewellery & Gift Shop, Nigel’s Supermarket, 2Js General Store and Mendonca Creole.
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