Home Sports West Front Road, Future Stars, Tiger Bay shine on Corona elimination night
The first round of eliminations in the Corona Futsal tournament has been completed and now teams will battle to finish at the top of their group in hopes of copping an initial monetary prize.
The second elimination night got off to a nail-biting start with a clash between the club and ward. California Square thought they had an early advantage over Pele when Mishack Barritla found the back of the net in the fifth minute. However, their celebrations were short-lived after James Mc Aulay levelled the scores in the sixth. To Pele’s dismay, two minutes later, Ryan October of California Square hit the target for his team’s second goal and the win.
Game two was one of the most thrilling encounters of the night with eight goals scored in total. Randolph Wagner netted a hat-trick with goals in the third, 16th and 18th minute while Michael Pedro (7th) and Colin Nelson (9th) contributed one each for West Front Road’s five. Try as they might, the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) came close, but could not compare with two goals from Ronnel Peters in the seventh and 14th minutes and one from Kevin Baptiste (10th).
A late surge of energy from Paul Norton and Ryan Dowlin, with goals in the 16th and 17th minute respectively, proved futile for Broad Street as Mocha made light work of their experienced opponents. A brace from Adonei Rutherford and singles from Teon Jones and Lyliton Ramsay accounted for Mocha’s four while Broad Street only managed two goals in reply.
Order and Discipline were left quiet as a church mouse after enduring a 6-0 thumping from Future Stars. Almost the entire Future Stars line-up comprising Kevin Solomon (15th minute); Jamal Cozier (4th); William Europe (7th); Shamar Fraser (14th); Wayne James (17th) and Julian Bamfield (9th) netted one goal each for the resounding win.
Beacon edged out a hopeful and fighting Sophia in the penultimate game. Darien Dickson netted a brace in the sixth and 15th minutes while Shane Morris (14th) and Wesley Greenidge (7th) had one each of Beacon’s four. Joshua Kamal had the lone reply for Sophia with a consolation goal in the 16th.
The clash between Tiger Bay and Eastveldt was truly fitting for the final game of the elimination round. Eastveldt’s Leslie Woolford started the scoring as early as possible in the first minute of play. Keome Gravesande then equalised the score in the second minute, but Mace Assanah regained the lead for Eastveldt with a goal in the 3rd.
It was at this point that Tiger Bay buckled down and really got their gears going: Deon Alfred netted the first of what would eventually turn out to be a hat-trick in the fourth minute. Solomon Austin and Alpha Fletchman netted the first of their two each in the seventh and ninth minutes to hand Tiger Bay the lead by the half. Another three goals in the second half meant that Tiger Bay would seal the 8-2 victory.
The Petra-organised Corona tournament is expected to continue with the round-robin stage this weekend. The teams that will feature in the round-robin groups are Tucville, North East La Penitence, Leopold Street, Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Bent Street, California Square, West Front Road, Mocha, Future Stars, Beacons and Tiger Bay. (Jemima Holmes)