Old Fort, Pepsi Hikers and GCC ease to victories in latest action
The three leading men’s first division sides, Old Fort, Pepsi Hikers and GCC all
cruised to easy victories on the third evening of the GT&T National Indoor Championships being held at the National Gymnasium at Mandela Avenue. While the Hikers amassed the highest margin of victory with an 11-0 hammering of Saints Hockey Club, Old Fort’s 5-0 victory over Phoenix sees them comfortably retain the top spot of the table mid-way through the pool rounds.
With the noticeable absenteeism of Saints number one goalkeeper, Azad DeAbreu, and inspirational leader Robert Fernandes, the Hikers men had a field day against a much weaker opponent on the night. National midfielder Jamarj Assanah led the score table with 3 goals, Shane Samuels, Orlando Guirola and Randy Hope each scores doubles, while Sheldon Corlette and Robert France scored one each to round out the 11 unanswered goals for the Hikers.
GCC had to come from behind against a defiant Pumas side which scored in the opening minute through an Aroydy Branford conversion. Youthful national prodigy Branford however would find it difficult to exact his usual control of the match as GCC’s Dwayne Scott and Orland Semple applied a high press which proved successful in creating several turnovers deep in the Pumas half of the pitch. Semple would open his team’s account in the 7th minute and would later return to complete a hatrick before his team’s 7-2 victory at full time. Eric Hing would add two goals for GCC with Kevin Spencer and Dwayne Scott scoring one each, while the single additional goal for Pumas came off the stick of Shaquille Leung.
The highly anticipated duel between Old Fort and Phoenix sadly resulted in a one-sided affair as Old Fort stamped their dominance on the match from the beginning en route to their 5-0 victory. Phoenix came within inches of scoring on a few occasions but it was not their lucky evening and Old Fort grew in confidence as the match progressed. John Abrahams top scored with two goals while the Simon brothers, Ascofu and Aderemi added one each.
The GCC Tigers and Panthers remain the only remaining unbeaten sides in the women’s competition and sit at the top of the ladies pool with 6 points each. The two sides were hardly troubled on the evening as the Panthers defeated the Under-21 side 4-0 and the GCC Tigers knocked off the Hikers 3-1.
In the men’s second division competition, Old Fort’s 3-0 victory over Saint Stanislaus College sees them in the lead of the competition with 9 points. The Hikers meanwhile have managed to draw even with GCC for second after a 3-1 win over Saints.
Matches continue throughout the week with the four finals set for Sunday from 17:00hrs.
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