Clash of Leaders marks restart of Bartica Senior Male League

A fierce battle at the top of the points standing marked the restart of the GFF-Bartica Football Association’s (BFA’s) Male Senior Football League following a short break for the Bartica Regatta activities.
The second of two matches so far played for the week has seen River’s View FC and Beacon FC going at each other for command of the top spot on the points table.

Andrew Simmons and Omareo Lake of the River’s View team

Coming into the match, Beacon were one point behind River’s View, whose points stood at 13, and Beacon needed a win to rise above that. This made for an enthralling encounter, as their opponents had other ideas of their own.
On a cool, overcast afternoon at the Bartica Secondary School Ground, Andrew Simmons broke the deadlock to give River’s View the lead ten minutes into the second half.
But being a goal down only seemed to energize the Beacon boys and bring the best out of them, as they began to put on a display of skill and team work against a determined River’s View team.

Beacon’s Kurt Welcome

Their efforts paid off in the 70th minute, when they were awarded a free kick at the top of the eighteen-yard box, and Kurt Welcome’s kick was perfect in defeating both the defense wall and the keeper.
In the end, it took a goalie error at the Beacon end of the pitch and a cool finish by Omario Lake to decide the match in favour of River’s View, which guaranteed them a four-point lead at the top.
In the other match, newcomers Agatash United FC valiantly battled a depleted Mil Ballers FC, but came up with a 2-nil loss. Mil Ballers emerged via goals from Nandcoomar Samwaru and Rawle Simon; while Agatash United’s goal came by way of 13-year-old prospect Shalimar Crighton.
League matches will continue over the weekend.