Magnum Futsal Independence Cup: Bent St, Sparta, Back Circle, Gold is Money are semi-finalists

And then there were four! Despite the adverse weather conditions, a large gathering braved the elements and descended on the National Park to witness the progression of defending champions Bent Street, Sparta Boss, Gold is Money, and Back Circle to the semi-final round in the Magnum Independence Cup.

A glimpse of the action between Gold is Money and Showstoppers

The die has been cast! Sparta Boss will resume their bitter skirmishes with fierce rivals Bent Street while traditional giants Back Circle and Gold is Money will add another chapter to their storied rivalry.
The sporadic showers which highlighted Saturday evening’s proceedings did not deter the enthusiasm of the respective fandoms, in their bid to provide moral support.
Back Circle, a team noted for their large following, overcame an equally popular North East La Penitence outfit 4-3 in a fixture that set the tone perfectly for the night’s proceedings given the competitive expectations for the fixtures.
Jermaine Beckles was the main protagonist for the aforementioned victors, crafting a hat-trick in the come-from-behind result with conversions in the eighth, 29th, and 39th minute respectively. Playing his part was Dillon Kelly, compliments of a 28th-minute strike.

Defending champions Bent Street

For the vanquished North East La Penitence unit, Jaleel Hamilton fashioned a brace in the eighth and 24th minute while Benjamin Opara netted one in the 14th minute.
The Gold is Money and Showstoppers match-up, which ended 9-7 in favour of the former, was a thrilling contest that perfectly followed the standard laid by previous matches. Several tied scores and come-from-behind intervals underlined the emotional rollercoaster which was thrust upon the teams, and their respective support groups.
Jamal Pedro orchestrated the win for the West Ruimveldt giant, crafting a helmet trick in the first, 29th, 36th, and 37th minute. Recent recruit Deon Alfred provided the perfect foil with a hat-trick in the fourth, sixth, and 30th minute, while Darren Benjamin and Randolph Wagner played their part via conversions in the 21st and 35th minute.
For the defeated, the ever-improving Stephon Jupiter made his presence felt with a hat-trick in the 10th, 13th, and 22nd minute, while the physical Delon Lanferman bagged a double in the 19th and 30th minute. Adding solitary strikes in the 26th and 39th minute respectively were Olvis Mitchell and Dexroy Adams.
Continuing in the same vein, holders Bent Street overcame a 1-3 deficit to defeat East Coast Demerara heavyweights Melanie 5-4. Although somewhat depleted in their numbers, Bent Street displayed their champion credentials, proverbial badges that have laid the foundation for two titles in the history of the event.
Jermaine Scott fashioned two goals in the 17th and 26th minute, while the dapper Pernell Schultz recorded a double in the 29th and 30th minute. Captain Daniel Wilson played his part with a ninth-minute strike.
For Melanie, Teshawn Gordon registered a double in the fifth and 22nd minute while the duo of Dwight Peters and Teon Stewart scored in the 16th and 27th minute respectively.
On the other hand, Sparta Boss bucked the trend of the night’s proceedings with a commanding 9-0 result over Future Stars, a performance that sends a clear warning to the remaining aspirants of their ultimate intention and overall quality.
Jermaine Junior spearheaded the demolition with a five-goal blitz in the eighth, 22nd, 26th, 29th, and 30th minute. The supporting cast of Job Caesar, Sheldon Shepherd, Ryan Hackett, and Kelsey Benjamin scored in the 12th, 24th, 25th, and 27th minute respectively.
Meanwhile, the losing quarter-finalists will compete in the Magnum Plate Championship. The eventual winners will receive $40,000. Melanie will oppose Future Stars at 19:00h, while North East La Penitence will lock horns with Showstoppers from 19:30h.
Winners of the quarter-final ties will progress to the semi-final round slated for May 14 at the same venue. The winners of the tournament will collect the package of $700,000, and the championship trophy, while the runners-up will receive $400,000 and the corresponding accolade. The third- and fourth-place finishers will walk away with $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The other sponsors of the event are MVP Sport, Nigel Hinds Financial Services, Andrews Supermarket, Bold Expressions Barbershop, Fireside Grill ‘N’ Chill, Star Party Rentals, and Lucozade.