Mar 14, 2016 Sports
The renewal of rivalry between old rivals Pouderoyen and Uitvlugt Warriors was well received on Saturday night last when the two sides clashed in the final of the Den Amstel Mash Cup at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground.
It was billed as a potentially grinding affair and that it exactly how it unfolded, neither side willing to give up territory. Chances were created at both ends of the pitch but no goals materialized during regulation time.
Even the spells of rain during the match could not cool down the heat between the two sides but it was the West Bank lads who were able to hold their nerve at the end of proceedings to defeat their West Demerara rivals on sudden death penalty kicks, 2-1 after their first five kicks each, were scored.
The small but appreciative crowd on hand which included Director of Sport Christopher Jones was treated to a fine display of penalty kick shooting, Uitvlugt not being able to keep up with Pouderoyen.
Scoring the first five kicks for Pouderoyen were Marvin Frank, Morgan Denny, Addasaffi Walcott, Quessey Alleyne and Dwayne St. Kitts. Reciprocating for Uitvlugt were Kevin Duke Shomol Smith, Daniel Floy, Carlisle Carroll and Keion Duke.
Sudden death kicks were then required to decide the winner, so it was down to whose nerves could have withstood the pressure. Again, the Pouderoyen players hit the target with Troy Allicock and Kevin Frank emulating the earlier scorers.
Uitvlugt scored their first through Jermaine Accra and all would have felt that their most potent forward Seon Boob would have also sunk his shot but that was not to be. Bobb stepped up to the spot with all confidence but his shot went just outside the right upright must to his disappointment but delight for Pouderoyen as it sparked wild celebrations by the players and fans.
The win spelt $200,000 for Pouderoyen as champions along with bragging rights for the next year as the organisers have pledged to ensure that the tournament which was held before but not for a few years, continues annually.
Uitvlugt for their efforts will collect the 2nd place prize of $100,000. In the third place playoff, Eagles United flew to an upset 3-2 win over the host team, Den Amstel. Sixteen year-old Daniel Clarke (16th, 21st) netted a first half double, while teammate Jalen Williams opened their account in the 6th minute.
The game looked virtually sealed for Eagles which continues to show excellent development and will surely be one of the teams on the West Side to watch going forward; but Den Amstel came out running for all its worth in the second half.
The host team fired in unanswered goals off the boot of Kevaughn Ward in the 40th and 69th minute but it was too late as time was not on their side in the 70th minute clash. Eagles won for themselves the third place cash prize of $75,000, while Den Amstel will not walk away empty handed, they will receive $50,000 when the presentation of prizes is held on a date and time to be announced shortly.
Making the knock-out tournament possible were Banks DIH, RDC Region #3, National Sports Commission, Attorney James Bond and Forrester Lumber Yard among others.
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