WDFA Qualifier KO Tournament 2018…
The Golden Warriors FC and Crane Rovers FC secured victories in the opening matches of the Guyana Football Federation/West Demerara Football Association (GFF/WDFA) Qualifier knockout tournament held at the Den Amstel Community Centre Ground.
After the referee blew his whistle to commence the match, Golden Warriors pummelled Zeelugt 7-2 while the feature match between Crane Rovers FC and Vegae Boyz ended with Crane demolishing Vegae Boyz 9-0.
Within the first seven minutes of the game, Zeelugt FC’s Andrew Gill found the back of the net giving his team an early lead, which did not last long as the Warriors’ Nigel Garraway equalised in the 13th minute. Three minutes later, Garraway’s teammate Anthony Harding converted his opportunity in the 16th minute and went on to score his second goal just before the end of the first half in the 44th minute taking the score to 3-1.
Upon resumption of play, Harding booted in his third goal in the 49th minute, advancing the scoreline 4-1 as the dominance of possession continued for his side. But Harding wasn’t finished yet as he broke through the defence of Zeelugt in the 52nd minute making the score 5-1. Shaquale Baptist then got his shot past the Zeelugt custodian to increase the score to 6-1 in the 55th minute.
Three minutes later, Shalon Williams placed his name on the score sheet. With the score now at a 7-1 margin, the Zeelugt players kept searching for goals. Zeelugt managed to slip one through when Clement Smith got his opportunity and made it worthwhile, scoring his team’s second goal in the 60th minute to have the scoreline read 7-2. That scoreline was to remain as the Golden Warriors defence was just too much for the Zeelugt players.
After one intense match, the bar was raised as Crane Rovers proved too tough for the Boyz, who they trampled 9-0. Goals came from Quincy Graham in the 6th and 41st minutes, Adam Hoyte in the 11th minute with support from Clement Brown in the 43rd, Denford Williams in the 47th and 55th minutes, and Tyler Wharton in the 50th minute. Alonzo Bowman and Clifton Adams netted in the 58th and 33rd minutes respectively.
Member Associations were mandated by the GFF to have the two top clubs represent the Association in the upcoming year-end football festival, which is set to commence in late November. Pouderoyen, Uitvlugt, Eagles and Wales United were seeded into the top four grouping while the other eight clubs will play off to meet the top clubs in the quarter-finals.
The tournament will continue this weekend at the Wales Community Centre Ground and will see Jetty Gunners facing Beavers on Saturday at 14:00h. Additionally, Stewartville will match skills with De Kinderen at 16:00h.