Bartica Football Assn League 2022 finale: Rivers View triumph again as Rising Stars fall 3-1

A highly-anticipated football clash between Rivers View Football Club (RVFC) and their Rising Stars counterparts (RSFC) surpassed expectations when the curtains came down on the BFA Men’s Senior League on Saturday night at the Bartica Community Centre ground.
The RSFC team had the RVFC fans on tenterhooks in the first half of the game with their dominant performance. And to compound the discomfiture, the ball flew past RVFC goalkeeper Dariq James to give the RSFC the lead minutes before the 1st leg came to an end.
But with all hope apparently lost for the RVFC, the doughty spirit of these riverine boys saw them regroup during the halftime break and return to competition like avenging angels. Midway through the second half, the inimitable Andrew Simmons undergirded the RVFC optimism by scoring his 18th goal of the tournament, in the process levelling the scores of the competing teams.
But Simmons wasn’t yet done with the competition. A little over 15 minutes later, he produced his 2nd goal, to the uninhibited delight of his fans. This second goal meant heartbreak for the Potaro Strikers, who were desperately hoping their stars could pull off the win.
And just to put the issue beyond speculation, Omario Lake placed the ball perfectly past the RSFC keeper to carry the score to 3-1 in Rivers View favour. By then fan delight had ballooned to a frenzy, and an infectious euphoria had enveloped the venue. The game ended a few moments later.
This win saw the Rivers View United Football Club walking away with a trophy and Gy$300,000. Andrew Simmons also received a trophy for being adjudged the Most Valuable Player.
The executive body and team of the Rivers View Football Club would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Bartica Football Association and all the member clubs, for making the league a success.
Much gratitude is also extended to the fans, deemed most worthy, as without them the game would not have been quite as enjoyable.