Title holders Sparta Boss displayed the tenacity of champions after surviving a slugfest against Sophia, before prevailing 4-3 on the final night of the preliminary round of the Ministry of Health / Petra Organization Soft Shoe Football Competition which was played at the sponsor’s ground on Brickdam and Vlissingen Road.
Needing a win to seucure their place in the knockout phase, the reigning champs suffered an early setback when Shemroy Arthur gave Sophia the lead in the fourth minute following a deflection from a shot at goal.
The champs searched for the equaliser relentlessly and got it after fourteen minutes through Sheldon Shepherd, who lashed in from close range after a shot was deflected into his path.
However, Sophia semed not to be intimidated by reputation or star power and regained the lead in the 17th minute courtesy of a wonderful Desmond Cottam goal.
He dispossesed a defender sliced his way into the centre, before letting fly a screamer into the top right hand corner to make it 2-1
Gregory Richardson returning to the team for the first time in the competition then netted to level the proceedings punching his effort into the goal from a pass that emanated from the right flank after 22 minutes of play.
The nifty Richardson was creating headaches for the Sophia backline and he gave his team the lead for the first time in the game when he fired past the keeper one minute later for 3-2 advantage.
Sophia, however, would not go away and got the equaliser in the 27th minute with Dwayne Lowe finding the target from a centrefield.
Once again, the champs responded and it was Eusi Phillips that snatched the spectacular win, following a neat exchange with Shepherd, before tapping home.
In other results, Broad Street beat Ministry of Health 4-1. Leon Richardson, Jimmy Gravesande, Devon Johnson and Jamal Cozier scored in the 18th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd minutes respectively, while Trevor Lewis responded in the third minute.
Albouystown crushed Young Ballers 5-0. Kemo Scott fired in a hat-trick in the seventh, ninth and 12th minutes, while Roy Samuels and Lennox Cort added one each in the fifth and 20th minutes.
West Front Road and Queen Street Tigerbay battled to a 4-4 draw. Jermin Junior registered a brace for West Front Road in the 16th and 22nd minutes, while Nathaniel Nagaloo also netted twice in the ninth and 28th minute.
For Queen Street, Alpha Fletchman, Darren Harris and Omallo Williams scored in the third, 12th and 29th minutes, while an own goal in the 13th minutes completed their tally.
Bent Street and Kitty Weavers battled to a scoreless draw, while Alexander Village and Leopold Street failed to trouble the score sheet.
The championship which is being played under the ‘Stop Gender-based Violence’ theme is slated to conclude on June 18.
The winning team will receive $300,000 and the Championship trophy, while second, third and fourth placed finishers will take home $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Other sponsors of the event include GTT, Lucky Dollar, Nigel Supermarket, Junior’s Jewellery, Star Party Rentals and 2-J’s General Store.
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