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Corona Futsal Tournament…
The first night of round robin action got off with a bang, with Tucville putting up a spirited fight against North East La Penitence in the ‘Group C’ opener.
Tucville was actually the first team to celebrate a goal, after Sunil Logan found the back of the net in the 4th minute. Shortly after, Jermine Beckles levelled the scores for North East; and a minute later, in the 7th, Shackolle Brown extended the lead.
The North East lead did not last much longer, as Nicholas Mc Arthur equalised the scores once again.
While Tucville matched pace with North East in the first half, a bout of lacklustre playing saw them allowing their opponents to get away with a few goals. Keifa Brandt, Marcus Wilson and Calvin Moore netted one goal each for North East, while Sunil Logan scored the lone second-half goal for Tucville, resulting in North East triumphing by a 5-3 margin.
Futsal experts Bent Street wasted no time in getting ahead in their Group in an encounter with Mocha. It was just another day at the office for Bent Street, who took the usually dominant Mocha to the cleaners in a 5-0 affair. Adrian Aaron in the 14th and 20th, and Sheldon Holder in the 3rd and 8th, both netted doubles, while Pernel Schultz topped it off with one for the winning result.
What began as an evenly matched encounter quickly went downhill for Leopold Street, who are now rethinking their second-half performance.
Eon Alleyne had two early goals for Leopold Street — in the 9th and 5th– to put his team in a competitive position against Future Stars, who had three at the end of the half, thanks to Keran Saloman (4th), Jamal Lazier (3rd) and Randell Bowman (5th).
While Future Stars added two more to their tally in the second, Leopold Street could not match the pace, after squandering a few golden opportunities. Eon Alleyne, however, completed his hat trick in the 20th. When regulation time was up, the scores were 5-3 in Future Stars’ favour.
Sparta Boss recorded yet another win, to continue their clean streak while leaving Beacons in the rearview. A hat trick from Ryan Hackett (2nd, 4th, 17th) and one each from Jermaine Junior (14th), Eusi Phillips (13th) and Kelsey Benjamin (10th), accounted for Sparta Boss’s six. On the other hand, Dorian Dickson (5th), and Wesley Greenidge (20th) were the only replies from Beacon in their 6-2 thrashing.
Game Five saw Tiger Bay narrowly edging past West Front Road in a last-minute thriller. Deon Alfred secured the first goal early, with a hopeful shot into the goal in the first minute of play. Four minutes later, Jamal Pedro levelled the scores and ultimately plunged the game into tension.
Spectators in the National Gymnasium were on the edges of their seats as both sides missed opportunity after opportunity during the 20-minute game. When it seemed like it was all over and regulation time neared its end, Deon Alfred pulled off some heroics with a goal in the 20th for Tiger Bay’s win.
Another narrow game saw Back Circle topping California Square in the final encounter of the night. Trayon Bobb had the first goal celebration in the 6th, and his teammate Selwin Williams scored a minute later to give Back Circle a two-goal lead.
In the second half, an impressive showing from Mishack Barittla, who netted back-to-back goals in the 13th & 14th minutes, tied up the game. National Player Bobb pulled out all his tricks and skills, and was eventually rewarded in the 18th with Back Circle’s winning goal.
Petra-organized Corona action will continue tomorrow night, Tuesday May 14, with six more round robin games.
19:30 hrs – Tucville vs Tiger Bay
20:15 hrs – Leopold Street vs Mocha
21:00 hrs – Back Circle vs Beacons
21:45 hrs – Bent Street vs Future Stars
22:30 hrs – Sparta Boss vs California Square
23:15 hrs – West Front Road vs North East La Penitence