Home Sports Sparta Boss lead the way on Corona opening night
The fourth edition of the Top Brandz Distributors-sponsored Corona Futsal Tournament got off to an exhilarating start on Saturday evening with several high scoring games being played at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue in Georgetown.
The fair sized crowd of patrons in attendance was treated to six 20-minute games of pure excitement, which ended with Sparta Boss sending a clear warning to contending teams that the $500,000 grand prize on offer belongs to Sparta.
The renowned street football team played against Black Pearl and handed them a sound 7-0 thrashing. Jermaine Junor began the scoring with a stunner in the first minute of play, and this was followed by the young star Kelsey Benjamin netting in the fifth minute and Junor returning in the seventh minute for his second goal.
Dennis Edwards was the star in the second half, scoring a hat trick with goals in the 11th, 13th and 18th minutes; and Devon Charles contributed one for the Sparta Boss total of 7.
Leopold Street met with Flamingo in another exciting encounter that saw alternate scoring, with Leopold Street drawing first blood through Eon Alleyne in the second minute.
A minute after that goal was scored, Andrew Murray levelled the scores for flamingo, before Darren Benjamin and Lennox Cort netted for the respective sides in the 5th and 6th minutes, to bring the scores to 2-2.
Despite Okennie Fraser attaining the lead for Leopold Street in the 8th, Moses Griffith and Andrew Murray both netted goals in the 11th, to make Flamingo briefly hold the lead.
Okennie Fraser found the back of the net in the 12th and 15th minutes, and Alleyne again did likewise in the 16th, to bring Leopold’s tally to six. A last minute goal from Lennox Cort pushed Flamingo to 5, but not far enough for the win.
Earlier in the night, North East La Penitence resisted a bout of late urgency from Northern Rangers to secure a 6-4 win. Kelvin Moore (2nd, 4th, 13th) and Keifer Brandt (6th, 16th, 17th) both scored hat tricks for North East as they dominated the earlier stages of the game. However, Tevin Fowler, Nigel Denny and Stephan Reynolds fought back in the final five minutes of the encounter to reach four goals, but North East still prevailed.
The final game of the opening night paired Bent Street with GT Panthers in a lopsided affair. Pernel Schultz led the charge for the experienced Bent Street with goals in the 1st, 11th, 12th and 13th minutes. Thereafter, Andre Aaron netted a brace and Sheldon profit found the back of the net once for Bent Street’s seven.
Vasco Cabral and Mark Anthony netted the consolation goals for GT Panthers.
In the other two encounters, Back Circle and Tucville, who were to face Camptown and Wolves respectively, were both awarded walk-over wins.
The Corona Futsal competition will continue with six more games being played on Tuesday, May 7, at the National Gymnasium.