Hat-tricks from Mark Barker and Tyrone Khan along with a double from Nickozie Hope guided Soesdyke Falcons to an emphatic 13-2 triumph over Diamond United and a place in the semi-finals of the Guyana Football federation-Kentucky Fried Chicken (GFF/KFC) U-20 Independence Cup, East Bank Football Association leg.
All the action unfolded on Monday as the match was the feature of a double header when the GFF/EBFA Senior League was unveiled.
The young Falcons, many of whom will be turning out for the senior unit, were in a no-nonsense mood and scored on the first run down after the opening whistle, Barker finishing after being sent the ball by Khan in the first minute.
Barker followed up with goals in the 65th and 83rd minutes. Khan, a quick and nippy forward, tormented United’s defence throughout the encounter and on many occasions rather than finish on his own, he set up his colleague to score.
But he banged in three of his own in the 11th, 58th and 65th minutes to cement his side’s place in the semis. Hope was on target for his double in the 40th and 82nd minutes while one goal each was scored by Kevin Sobers in the 6th; Junior Williams (18th), Malachi Leacock (45); Raymond Khan (50th) and Chaim Pathon in the 85th minute.
Diamond United featured a number of U-15 players as their Coach, Orein Angoy said they were preparing for the U-15 and U- 17 leagues, but they were no pushovers and fought back admirably in spurts. They got consolation goals in the 64th and 69th minute from Carlos Wilkie and Jaheem Small.
The three teams now in the semi-finals are Soesdyke Falcons, Timehri Panthers and Grove Hi Tech. A draw will be done among the teams and one team would be gifted a place in the final while the other two would battle it out in the lone semi-final this Saturday.