– Festival City, West Front Road in third place playoff
Now that the highly anticipated semi-finals showdown are completed with lop-sided wins for Bent Street and Sparta Boss, two teams that emphatically registered their proclivity for scoring plenty goals, the stage is now set for a goal-spree on Sunday when they contest the inaugural GT Beer / Petra Organisation Futsal final, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Played before what can easily be described as a near packed arena, making it the biggest turnout to date, Bent Street annihilated a star-studded Festival City 13-5 in what many felt was the most impressive showing by any team to date, while Sparta Boss, though the final score-line did not match that of the earlier semi-final, was equally imposing in relegating West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ to a third place playoff.
Earlier, a national cricket team selection squeezed past a Media outfit 4-3 through an inspiring performance from Christopher Barnwell, while former Santos standout Seon McKenzie, who appeared for the Media led a spirited fight back with a brace.
In the first semi-final, Bent Street stunned Festival City with two early goals within the opening four minutes through the skilful Stellon David, he fired in a double in the third and fourth minutes of play, before Festival City’s Solomon Austin responded from long range in the fifth minute.
However, the quick O’Kenie Fraser slid in from close range one minute later to restore some comfort, before Amos Ramsey’s goal made it 4-1.
Daniel Favourite then pulled one back for Festival City in the ninth minute, before he played a part in their next goal one minute later, delivering a pinpoint pass to Eon Alleyne, who finished with aplomb as they trailed 3-4.
National player Colin Nelson then got into the act with a thunderous strike in the 11th minute as Bent Street showed no intent to yield to the sudden outburst of the opposition.
Daniel Wilson then proceeded to score the first of his treble in the 17th minute, but Festival City responded through Alleyne one minute later as the fans braced for a final period showdown rally.
Once again, Bent Street displayed the heart of champions as they countered swiftly through Wilson, before Solomon netted what turned out to be the final goal for a deflated and outgunned Festival City one minute later.
Bent Street went on a rampage after that with David, Nelson, Fraser, Sheldon Profitt and Jermaine Scott taking full advantage of the resigned posture of Festival City to complete their tally of goals and secure a place in the championship round.
The semi-final that followed lived up to all expectations at the start with the prolific Randolph Wagner putting West Front Road ahead with a fierce right-footer that beat the goalkeeper all ends up in the 5th minute to silence the Sparta Boss band of supporters.
However, that was not for long as the slimly built Deon Alfred pounced on an accurate feed from Travis Grant to slide in at the back post.
The two teams wasted good chances of taking the lead, but errant finishing kept the contest on a knife’s edge at the break.
The final period was a battle of attrition as the pace of the game begun to test the weary legs and it was West Front Road that suffered more due to their shorthanded bench and Grant sensing that, pushed the pace and was rewarded when he collected a ball sent across the goal to tuck it past a disappointed goalkeeper in the 24th minute of play.
Quick to detect the disarray, Sparta Boss pushed the ball up court with much urgency as West Front Road scrambled to get back and that confusion resulted in Sparta’s next goal which was scored by Cleon Forrester who was left unmarked and squeezed a shot just inside the upright two minutes later.
The situation got even worse when Sheldon Shepherd entered the scoresheet three minutes from full time and that was followed almost immediately with a Eusi Phillips strike that sealed the deal and a final spot against Bent Street.
West Front Road and Festival City will square off for third place.
In the night’s full results:
Festival City-5 vs Bent Street-13
Bent Street Scorers
Stellon David-3rd, 4th and 23rd
Daniel Wilson-17th, 21st and 27th
O’kenie Fraser-6th and 26th.
Colin Nelson-11th and 24th
Festival City Scorers
Solomon Austin-5th and 22nd
Eon Alleyne-10th and 18th
Sparta Boss-5 vs West Front Road-Gold is Money-1
Sparta Boss Scorers
West Front Road Scorers
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