Bent Street return to winning ways in Magnum Mash Cup

It was a night of upsets and shocking wins at the National Gymnasium on Wednesday evening, but the highlight was defending champions, Bent Street, who finally showed their worth on night four of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Magnum Mash Cup.
With the competition approaching the knockout stages, many matches went without a winner as the competitors on both sides sought to focus on their defence, which left little room for the usual high-scoring encounters.
The first game of the night saw Gaza Squad being awarded a walkover over Mocha. Shalomo Hunte of Ol Skool Ballers and Devin Hyman of Island All Stars both netted two goals apiece to draw the second game.
Broad Street, in their encounter with Showstoppers, scored early thanks to Joel McGarrell’s third minute goal, but could not muster another goal. The same went for Showstoppers when Amaniki Buntin scored in the 12th minute, but the game subsequently ended with the scorecard at 1-1.
Buxton Diamond and Hustlers also finished with two goals apiece. Dennis Edwards netted both for Hustlers in the eighth and ninth minute respectively, but Stephon Dolphin and Shemar Scott both scored late in the 15th and 16th minute respectively for a draw. Stalemates were witnessed by the vociferous crowd when Tiger Bay met with Sophia and Albouystown took on Leopold Street.
In the winning circle on Wednesday night, Back Circle enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Good Life thanks to goals from Dellon Kelly (3rd); Jermaine Beckles (5th) and Stephon McLean (17th).
On the other hand, Gold is Money suffered their first upset, in a one-goal affair against Capital Strikers. Tevin Crawford netted the lone goal for the Capital Strikers win.
Future Stars thumped Alexander Village 3-1 in a high-scoring encounter. The first goal came in the eighth minute, off the boots of Future’s Jamal Cozier. They held the lead until the 13th minute when Alexander Village’s Leon Yaw equalised. Kevin Cummings (16th) and Ryan Dowding (20th) then netted one each to break the tie and secure the win.
Defending champions Bent Street recorded their first victory of the 2019 tournament over Avocado Ballers. Pernell Schultz opened the scoring for Bent Street in the fourth minute with a ripper into the goal. Five minute later, Dexter Marshal of Avocado Ballers levelled the scores. However, Schultz returned in the 19th minute to seal the Bent Street win with a goal.
The tournament is expected to continue on Saturday, February 16 with round-of-16 action.