“Skills for Cash” 7-a-side football tournament: East Coast, Berbice teams into next round
Paradise (East Coast Demerara) and their Berbice namesake, Paradise Invaders United following lopsided wins, stormed into the next round of the 592 Beer “Skills for Cash” seven-a-side football tournament on Saturday at the Victoria Community Ground.
In the feature contest of the double-header, Paradise brushed aside Victoria 4-1. Despite taking the lead in the 14th minute, compliments of a Quason McAulay penalty, the hosts incurred four goals to exit the event.
Jermin Samuels initiated the blitz with a 30-yard screamer which struck the crossbar and ended up in the back of the net in the 16th minute.
This was followed by an Anil Hernandez conversion into the left corner in the 25th minute from within the centre of the 18-yard box which handed Paradise the 2-1 lead.
A second from Hernandez in the 44th minute pushed the score to 3-1, as he slotted his left-footed shot into the lower left corner from inside the right of the 18-yard box.
Tyreek Cummings sealed the outcome four minutes later through a right-footed effort which nestled into the left corner, after striking the woodwork.
Meanwhile, Paradise of Berbice made light work of Ann’s Grove, winning by a 4-1 score.
Although Ann’s Grove took the lead in the sixth minute through Alden Lawrence, Donovan Francis equalised four minutes later with a shot into the right-hand corner.
Paradise seized control of the contest in the 27th minute as Francis lashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net, after cutting into the 18-yard box.
The score ballooned to 3-1 in the 40th minute via Jamal Cambridge, as he scooted the ball into the lower left corner from within the centre of the penalty area.
The win was then achieved as Capello Daniels blasted a right-footed shot into the roof of the net in the 47th minute.
Action resumes on Thursday at the same venue. The winner of the tournament will receive $300,000, while the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will pocket $200,000, $100,000, and $50,000 respectively.
Paradise Invaders (Berbice) 4 v Ann’s Grove 1
Donovan Francis –10th and 27th
Jamal Cambridge – 40th
Capello Daniels – 47th
Ann’s Grove scorer
Alden Lawrence – 6th
Paradise (East Coast Demerara) 4 v Victoria 1