Battle lines drawn as Topp XX face Coomacka Mines for $600,000 tonight
Topp XX will have to be at their very best when they face Coomacka in the final of the inaugural Jermine and Family Linden Mash Cup football final tonight, a replay of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s Christmas tournament when the former edged the Mines team, 2-1.
The battle field is the Mackenzie Sports Club ground and up for grabs will be $600,000 and bragging rights along with a trophy. Coomacka Coach, Korak Bobb-Semple is very confident that with the return of forward Lionel Peters and defense player Kursten Thom they can pull off a win despite a few niggling injuries.
Bobb-Semple expressed confidence saying that it will be an easy win since his side plays to their true potential as the semifinal win over Botafago by a 7-6 margin via kicks from the penalty mark was their toughest game to date.
In that win their brilliant goalkeeper Kellon Major had a big hand by pulling off three saves, scoring in the sudden death penalty shootout and thwarting a penalty shot during regulation play against a running Botafago side.
However, Topp XX’s Coach is a man who knows about winning as Troy ‘Boy Blue’ Nelson was there when they dominated play not only in Upper Demerara, but also at the national level. Nelson said his team was up against a determined Haynes and Lewis Winners Connection which saw their young players trying to prove themselves as the team had just suffered the loss of two key players up front in Marmalaque Davidson and Shaquille Frank.
He said however his team is now training as they were able to get some time using the Mackenzie Sports Club ground and for which they are grateful. Nelson noted that this year is 2020 and in like manner his team being Topp XX sees it as their time to perform.
He scoffed at the fact that the Linden champions Eagles United were not part of the tournament, like they were also absent in the year end championship, but said regardless who are in or out his team will be the force in Linden and national football by the end of the year.
He gave praise to Almighty God for what they have achieved this far and once they remain committed to training they will prove that this is their year, 2020. Nelson opined that Topp XX will be the team to beat not only in Linden but at the national level as the team is a united one and the players have shown him great respect.
This augurs well for this new breed of players Nelson said and that Coomacka will be soundly beaten tonight. Forward Keon Hall separated the semifinal’s opponent with the lone goal of the game which came from a shot on top of the penalty area which was scored in the 85th minute. Both sides did play tough but the experience of Topp XX proved the decider.
The losing finalist will walk away with $300,000 while third and fourth place is guaranteed $200,000 and $100,000, respectively. Clashing in the third-place match from 19:00hrs would be Winners Connection and Botafago.
Individual prizes will be awarded to the Highest Goal Scorer, Best Goalkeeper, Youngest Player and Moist Valuable Player.
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