Buxton United topped Monedderlust 3-2 on Thursday, at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora to secure their third victory in the Finale stage of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Stag Elite League.
Eson Hamer, Denvor Dennis and Rondell Assanah scored for the East Coast of Demerara side while Delbert Wilson and Akimo Watts scored for the Berbice based Monedderlust.
Buxton opened the scoring in the 21st minute after Esan Hammer finished a shot from the centre of the box after receiving a good-ball from the flank.
Just nine minutes later the Berbicians would suffer another major setback when their goalkeeper Selwyn Jack was shown a red card in the 30th minute. Jack received a straight red for fouling a Buxton attacker outside of the penalty box in an attempt to deny the attacking team a scoring opportunity.
Stepping up to take the free kick was Denver Dennis; after lining up his shot, Dennis then struck an impressive curling right footed shot into the back of the net in the 32nd, doubling Buxton’s advantage and sinking Monedderlust even further.
However, despite being a man down and having a two goal deficit, the Berbice based side came fighting back through Wilson who converted a cross from Kevin Cottoy in the 40th minute to bring his side back into the affair with five minutes left in the first half. The sides would head into the break with Buxton leading 2-1.
After the half time interval, Buxton would once again restored their two goal advantage when Rondel Assanah netted a shot from inside of the box past the Monedderlust custodian to give his side a 3-1 lead in the 62nd minute.
Monedderlust refused to lose hope as they came storming back in the 76th minute as Akeema Watts latched onto a loose ball following a miscommunication between Buxton’s goalkeeper and his defensive line. Watts immediately made the most of the opportunity to make it 3-2.
Buxton FC would hold on to their one goal lead and close out the game despite efforts from Monedderlust to salvage a point.
Buxton now sit on eleven points and are sixth in the table while Monedderlust remains in seventh with six points after suffering their fourth consecutive loss.
In the second game of the double header Pele FC were held to a 1-1 draw by the Georgetown Football Club (GFC). GFC’s Keron Soloman in the 40th minute was the first to score and it was until the 86th minute that Pele were able to equalize through a goal from veteran Travis “Zorro” Grant.
Pele FC, who are trying to fend off the Guyana Denfence Force (GDF) to qualify for the final four, remains in fourth with seventeen (17) points and lead GDF by three points. In the distance there is GFC at the bottom of the table with two points.