– Leopold Street finishes third
A capacity crowd saw West Ruimveldt ‘Gold is Money’ dethrone Sparta Boss to become the new champions of the Georgetown Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition which ended on Saturday night, at Demerara Park.
The tournament, which has enjoyed massive turnouts from Day One, once again demonstrated why its popularity among the fans is second to none.
Randolph Wagner, who has been one of the leading players in the tournament, saved the best for last when he fired in the lone goal of the game in the 26th minute to ignite huge celebrations among the thousands of supporters of the team.
The former champions, who have been experiencing one of their leanest periods in the street format, saw a lapse in concentration account for the goal after Sheldon Shepherd overcompensated in attack only to expose the goal and Wagner finished a pass from the back with aplomb.
With the newly-installed Guinness Goal still in effect in the final three minutes of the game, Sparta Boss attacked with menace, but the youthful ‘Gold is Money’ unit remained dogged in defence and ensured that there would be no three peat for the former champs as referee Wayne Griffith finally blew the whistle to set off a euphoric scene among the winners supporters.
They went home with $500,000, the winning trophy and an automatic berth in the national playoffs, while Sparta Boss won $250,000 and a trophy.
Earlier, in the third place playoff, Leopold Street showed no mercy for Bent Street with a 3-0 drubbing thanks to a Guinness Goal from Tyrese Forde in the 27th minute, while Orandel Wiliams 9th minute strike had given them the early lead.
They went away with $200,000 and a trophy, while Bent Street collected $100,000 and a trophy for their efforts.
In the Plate Section, North East La Penitence grabbed the $60,000 winner-take-all on offer with a narrow 1-0 win over Kingston.
Kelvin Moore’s 26th minute effort was all it took to secure the win.
Meanwhile, Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste speaking after the conclusion of the night’s proceedings said he was heartened by the support from the fans and communities and promised that the event is here to stay.
He also commended the work done by the Guyana Police Force throughout the tournament, adding that their excellent job did not go unrecognised.
The tournament was co-ordinated by Three Peat Promotions.
Attention now turns to the West Side which is expected to commence in January at the Pouderoyen Market Tarmac.
The night’s full results are seen below:
Guinness Goal-(GG)-2 goals
Gold is Money-1 vs Sparta Boss-0
Leopold Street-3 vs Bent Street-0
Guinness Plate Championship
North East La Penitence-1 vs Kingston-0
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