Defending champ West Side Ballers, Agricola Upsetters, Shattaville Gunners, Pouderoyen Showstoppers and Harmony Ballers were among the teams recording victories on opening night of the 2nd Edition of the Guinness
‘Greatest of the Streets’ Futsal Competition which was played on Thursday evening at the Pouderoyen Tarmac, West Demerara.
Played in intermittent rain, West Side Ballers cruised past Crane Raiders by a 3-0 margin with Denny Morgan, Dwayne St. Kitts and Quessey Alleyne netting in the sixth, 14th and 15th minutes respectively.
Last year’s losing finalist Pouderoyen Showstoppers squeezed past Best Road Ballers 1-0 with Marvin Josiah’s solitary strike after eighteen minutes separating the two teams.
Harmony Ballers sent a strong warning to all pretenders when they hammered Champion Boys 4-0 thanks to a Shaquille McBean brace in the seventh and 13th minute along with single goals from Kevin Richards and Hermon Munroe in the ninth and 12th minutes.
Agricola Upsetters beat newcomer Comfort Ballers 1-0 with Jermin Jefford’s ninth minute goal, the barricade between the two teams.
Shattaville Gunners then edged Samaroo Dam 1-0 through a 11th minute Stephon Griffith goal, while Harmony Ballers ‘B’ outlasted DeKinderen United 1-0 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 0-0, while Bagotstown Warriors outlasted Water Street Agricola 3-2 on penalty
kicks after regulation time ended scoreless.
Brothers United defeated Patentia Street Ballers 2-0 on penalty kicks after normal time ended 0-0.
Action in the event is slated to continue on Tuesday with another round of group matches at the Vergenoegen Rice Mill Tarmac.
Following the completion of the group stage quarter-final stage action will kickoff on Thursday, at the Pouderoyen Tarmac.
Meanwhile, the Launch of the tournament was conducted shortly before the start of play with the winning trophy presented by Banks DIH representative Tony Ramcharran, handing it over to Co-ordinatror Errol Baird in the presence of Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste and other officials.
Acconding to Baptiste, the overwhelming response to the event by the fans on the West Demerara has been noticed and from all indications this year’s tournament is anticipated to generate a much bigger turnout. He added that Banks DIH has responded by merging the East Bank Demerara to the tournament for the first time and according to him the move has stimulated much interest and rivalry among the teams and fans.
Additionally, Baptiste stated that the new development can only attest to Banks DIH’s commitment to the communities by creating and promoting constructive social activities.
The tournament is expected to last six playing days with 16 teams participating in the competition.
Over $750,000 in total prize monies are up for grabs with the winning team set to receive $300,000, runner-up $200,000, 3rd place – $100,000 and 4th place – $50,000.
Baptiste extended thanks to Trophy Stall and Colours Boutique for their continued commitment to community development.
The two entities have sponsored the trophies and uniforms respectively.
At the end of the tournament, the top two teams will advance to the national championships.
Fans will have a chance on all playing days to win cool Guinness prizes. On the final night two lucky fans will have a chance to win One Guinness Branded desk top cooler.
Kick off time is 19:00 hrs each night.
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