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Nov 22, 2015 Sports
Watched by Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and ‘A’ Division Commander / GFA President Clifton Hicken, Banks DIH and Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the large turnout of fans to a thrillng climax of the inaugural Banks Beer Inter-Corporation Futsal Competition on Friday night, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
When the final whistle sounded, Banks DIH had outlasted a stubborn Ministry of Foreign Affairs 8-5 in an encounter that produced end to end action from start to finish and one that the fans must have enjoyed.
Andre Trotz and Devon Forde led the way with a pair each in the seventh and 36th and 16th and 27th minutes respectively.
James Meredith, Eron Hayde, Phillip Rowley and Eric Moses goals in the third, 22nd, 28th and 35th minutes respectively completed their tally.
Foreign Affairs responded through Courtney Britton, who fired in a brace in the fourth and 25th minutes and Shamar Wilson, Jeffrey Newton and Godfrey Powers’ strikes in the 19th, 30th and 34th minutes respectively.
The victory was worth $200,000 and the championship trophy for Banks DIH, while Ministry of Foreign Affairs received $150,000 and a trophy.
Meredith gave Banks DIH the perfect start when he fired into the right corner from his position on the left flank after three minutes to evoke wild celebrations among their band of supporters.
However, Britton’s response was quick and deadly one minute later hitting a fierce right-footer past the goalkeeper right hand.
With the game tied at 1-1 Trotz hit back three minutes later for Banks DIH through a piece of magic, reaching on to the end of a pinpoint pass to finish with aplomb. They extended their advantage when Forde opened his account, sweeping past the keeper in one motion after receiving a pass from the right side.
Foreign Affairs all the while continued to attack with menace and pulled one back a minute before the breakthrough Wilson, who made his presence felt almost immediately after coming on when he hit a ferocious shot past the keeper to make it 3-2.
The resumption brought no reprieve for Foreign Affairs as Banks DIH took a 4-2 lead through Hayde, who slid his effort past the onrushing keeper. Britton returned to comfortably slot home a pass from the right side to complete his pair and pull them within one, down 3-4.
Forde, however, was again to the rescue for Banks DIH racing on to a clinical delivery, before lashing past the keeper.
The wily Rowley was not going to be left out of the slugfest and he made it 6-3 with a wonder strike that started with an envious control that culminated with a volley into the roof of the net.
Newton and Powers shot back in rapid fashion to delay the exit of the fans as they sensed a fightback, but that was the last hurrah for Foreign Affairs as Banks DIH took full advantage of the opposition’s choice to go on a full scale attack with the clock winding down.
Moses hit home from close range, while Trotz patted into an empty goal, before the final whistle sounded to hand Banks DIH a deserved victory.
In the third place playoff, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure obliterated the Ministry of Public Health, winning 10-3.
They waltzed away with $100,000 and a trophy, while Ministry of Public Health collected $50,000.
Minister Greenidge, who also did the ceremonial kickoff, Commander Hicken and Banks Brand Manager Brian Choo-Hen met the teams, before start.
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