By Franklin Wilson
Top marksmen of the Genesis segment of the Stag Elite League organised by the Guyana Football Federation,
Dellon Lanferman and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson continued their marksmanship as they led their respective clubs, Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United and Pele to full points when the league Finale continued on Friday evening last at the GFC ground.
Contesting the feature game, Lanferman netted two second half goals after Alpha were given their initial advantage in the 13th minute by veteran forward Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams. The young GFC side took the fight to their more seasoned opponents and gave a good account of themselves but it was the depth and experience of Alpha which made the difference in the end.
Lanferman netted the first of his brace in the 58th minute, a well-directed header on the end of a corner as Alpha doubled their advantage. Inconsistent referring allowed the third goal in the 88th minute to stand even as Lanferman was clearly in an offside position.
All along, GFC showed flashes of brilliance but found consistency difficult. Their most energetic and skillful player Romario Welcome, who even though playing outside midfield, had the stamina and presence of mind to fall back and defend at critical moments of the match.
Welcome it was who pulled one back for GFC in the penultimate minute of full time, a beautiful header away to the left of Dorville Stewart in goal for Alpha. The three minutes of added on time did not see the score changing with Alpha securing three points as a result of their 3-1 win.
With limited time to recover, ‘The Hammer’ will be hunting another three points today when they engage Monedderlust at the same venue in the opening match at 18:00hrs.
Monedderlust like Alpha with little or no recovery time before this evening’s match went down to Pele in Friday night’s opening match. Richardson, who was on song in last Sunday’ s friendly international scoring both goals in Guyana’s 2-0 win over Suriname, handed Pele the lead 35 minutes into the first half.
However, the West Berbice based side did not take long before they neturalised Pele’s advantage. Two minutes later, one of their new signing’s for the season, Pierre Joseph found the equalizer as the first half ended locked 1-1.
Pele tried their best to penetrate Monedderlust in the final third but the West Berbicians stood solid up until the 64th minute when Runnel Gordon in a one/two play with Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant finally breached the opposition’s defence to ease the pressure that was building in the Pele camp and among their fans.
Monedderlust Coach Gordon Braithwaite will have to devise a plan and strategy that can bring him a win today or at least a draw but that will be a tough task against Alpha. Pele will seek to take care of business against Buxton United in tonight’s main attraction.
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