Jul 24, 2017 Sports
On another pulsating night of exchanges when the battle intensified as teams fight to stay alive, those who survived are Sparta Boss, Back Circle, Future Stars and West Front Road which all earned potentially mouth watering dates in the semi finals of the GT Beer Keep Your 5 Alive KO Futsal Tourney.
Playing the at #1 venue for this format of the indoor sport, National Gymnasium, Sparta did not earn an easy passage by any means as they had to fight back from a goal down to end the hopes of a game, Leopold Street.
Okeene Fraser, who scored twice, had handed Leopold Street the initial lead five minutes into the match, but that advantage was short-lived as another player who netted twice, Sparta’s Sheldon Shepherd, cancelled out that advantage one minute later.
Two minutes later, Sparta’s Eusi Phillips, who blasted a hat-trick, handed his side the lead which they further increased in the 21st minute on account of Phillips’ second goal. Leopold Street were never going to give in or give up and they fired back through goals from Fraser (26) and Sheldon Profit three minutes later to knot the scores again at 3-3.
Leopold Street then squeezed into the lead on 32 minutes via a Manasseh Primo goal and were scenting victory only for Sparta’s main weapons on the night, Phillips and Shepherd, to lash in back to back goals in the 33rd and 34th minutes respectively, to see their team over the line in a scintillating clash which brought the curtains down on an explosive evening.
The main supporting match also ended 5-4 in favour of Back Circle which had to come from two goals down against Hustlers to claim a spot in the semi finals. Reigning Guinness Greatest of the Streets Football champions, Dave and Celina all Stars of Linden were booted from the competition by Future Stars 7-4, while the opening clash of the night, which set the tone for the remaining matches, saw West Front Road squeezing past Tucville in a nerve racking finish, 3-2.
Following are the full results from the night:
Game-1 – West Front Road-3 vs Tucville-2. West Front Road scorers: Phillip Rowley-5th, Carl Tudor-17th, Jamal Pedro-26th. Tucville Scorers: Joshua Browne-10th, Raphael Edwards-27th.
Game-2 – Future Stars-7 vs Dave and Celina’s All-Stars-4. Future scorers: Akeemo Anthony-15th, 17th and 43rd, Keiron Solomon-10th, 45th and 47th, Jeremy Garrett-25th. Dave and Celina’s scorers: Keon Sears-5th and 22nd, Rawle Gittens-35th, Kennard Simon-38th.
Game-3 – Back Circle-5 vs Hustlers-4. Back scorers: Jermaine Beckles-13th, 14th and 21st, Stephon McLean-44th, Selwyn Williams-46th. Hustlers scorers: Stephon Reynolds-12th and 28th, Donald McKenzie-16th and 47th.
Game-4 – Sparta Boss-5 vs Leopold Street-4. Sparta scorers: Eusi Philips-8th, 21st and 33rd, Sheldon Shepherd-6th and 34th. Leopold scorers: Okeene Fraser-5th and 26th, Sheldon Profit-29th, Manasseh Primo-32nd.
The semi finals will be contested on Thursday night at the same venue and the organizers are pulling out all the stops to ensure an entertaining night of action with some entertaining exhibition matches being put together.
Teams are battling for a top prize of $500,000; among the corporate entities on board are HJTV, 94.1 Boom FM, The Trophy Stall, Star Party Rentals, Confidential Cabs and GT Beer.
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