Tucville crowned champs after dramatic penalty shootout
MoH/Petra Organisation, Busta Soft Shoe Football…
By Akeem Greene
Tucville won a tense final in the Ministry of Public Health/Petra Organisation, Busta Soft Shoe Football Championships via a close penalty shootout with North East La Penitence in the wee hours of Monday morning.
Playing at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta, the penalty kicks ended 2-1 but it was the winning shot by Raphael Edwards, being deemed the most controversial, as the lightening strike hit the back post, rebounding out of goal in quick time which sparked quarrels in the North East La Penitence camp over the legitimacy of the goal.
Some video replays showed the ball had actually entered the net, which meant Tucville walked away with $300,000 and the championship trophy.
The riveting match ended 2-2 after extra time was awarded, as Tucville’s Delon Williams was the first to score in the 8th minute, sliding with the ball past the right post.
Two minutes later, Kareem Knights was left unmarked and he doubled the lead with a scorching shot from the left side that hit the top inner half of the net and it seemed their team was coasting to victory.
However, in the 18th, Delon Hult nonchalantly reduced the lead, tapping a volley into the right of the net; but it was Calvin Moore’s nifty footwork and composure that equalised the scores in the 35th, as he dribbled his way past a rushing goal keeper, tapping the ball into goal.
The spirited efforts of the North East La Penitence saw them receive $200,000 and the corresponding accolade.
Meanwhile, in the third place play-off, Sparta Boss walked away with the prize of $100,000 after hammering Broad Street 10-3, with Gregory Richardson netting a helmet-trick. Richardson scored in the 4th, 14th, 32nd and 33rd while namesake Jerome netted in the 1st, 16th and 27th.
Devon Millington (2nd and 5th) and Roberto Osbourne (40th) were the other two men on point for Sparta. On the other side, Leon Richardson scored a double, etching his name on the score sheet in 24th and 39th while Jimmy Gravesande netted in the 15th, as Broad
Street received 50,000 for their efforts.
Richardson was the tournament’s highest goal scorer and received a Gold Chain compliments of Juniors Jewellery while Dennis Edwards was named the Most Valuable player (MVP).
The other sponsors on board are: GTT, Lucky Dollar, Nigel Supermarket, Star Party Rentals and 2-J’s General Store.