-Quarter-finals set for next Tuesday
Exuding the confidence associated with champions, Sparta Boss clinically dismissed
a strong Sophia unit 3-0 to ease the anxiety of their supporters as play in the round robin phase of the Xtreme Clean & Maintenance/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Tournament ended on Thursday night, at the National Gymnasium.
The result meant that the Futsal Kings have made it to the quarter-finals where they will face the up-started Future Stars on Tuesday, at the same venue.
Playing in front of what can be described as the biggest crowd to date and in what was a must win situation for them, the ‘Bosses’ quickly underlined the significance of the occasion when Solomon Austin tucked the ball over the goal-line after Gregory Richardson’s cracker had rebounded off the crossbar. That goal came after four minutes.
Not to be outdone, Sophia’s Desmond Cottam pair of attempts produced brilliant saves from Sparta Boss custodian Troy Carrington to keep their lead intact at the half.
Two minutes after the resumption, Richardson stretched their advantage when he unleashed a right-foot missile that flew through the legs of the Sophia goalkeeper, before settling in the back of the goal.
It was the culmination of a sweeping move that included talisman Devon Millington, who delivered the deadly pass.
That two-goal cushion evoked massive celebrations from their band of supporters and agony
for the Sophia faction.
Two minutes later, the die was cast when Dennis Edwards fired past the hapless goalkeeper to seal his team’s last eighth spot.
However, despite the defeat, Sophia still made it to the knockout phase as well.
Also making it to the quarters were Back Circle that looked equally impressive in their 3-0 win over Tiger Bay who failed to qualify, while Bent Street was made to fight in their encounter against a stubborn Broad Street Bullies, before winning 3-2.
Tucville drew with Agricola Champion Boys 4-4 to secure their place in the quarter-finals, while Albouystown cemented their spot with another eye-catching performance against North Ruimveldt who were eliminated.
Future Stars defeat of Plaisance guaranteed their place in the last eight as well.
The quarterfinal matchups are as follows: Albouystown versus Broad Street at 20:00hrs, while Sophia square off against Bent Street from 20:30hrs.
At 21:00hrs, Back Circle battle Tucville and in the final game of the night, Sparta Boss tackle Future Stars from 21:30hrs.
The semi-finals will be played on Thursday, June 15th, while the final is set for Saturday, June 17th.
The winning team will receive $500,000 and the championship trophy, while second, third and fourth placed finishers take home $200,000, 100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
The Most Valuable Player will collect $50,000.
Other sponsors on board are Fas Grafix, Jefford’s Distribution and Sales, Giftland Distribution Store, Windjammer International Cuisine & Hotel and FARMSUP Mining Investments Inc.
The night’s results are seen below:
Future Stars-6 vs Plaisance-4
Akeemo Anthony-2nd and 3rd
Cahisle Higgins-3rd, 4th, 14th and 17th
Albouystown-4 vs North Ruimveldt-2
Lennox Cort-12th and 19th
Agricola-4 vs Tucville-4
Orson Francois-3rd and 4th
Jermaine Junior-7th and 15th
Bent Street-3 vs Broad Street-2
Back Circle-3 vs Tiger Bay-0
Selwyn Williams-2nd and 4th
Sparta Boss-3 vs Sophia-0
Final Point Standings
(t)-Third Place Qualifier
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