East Demerara Reunion f/ball tourney…
— Alpha United, Victoria Kings advance to semi-final round
TWO quarter-final matches are billed for this evening at the GFC ground and will see GDF face Santos in the opener from 18:00 h and Mahaica Determinators take on Fruta Conquerors from 20:00 h. Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, Alpha United and Victoria Kings secured their places in the semi-final round with victories over Ann’s Grove (2-0) and BK International Western Tigers 8- 7 (penalties) respectively.
The goalscorers for Alpha were Abassy McPherson in the 22nd minute and Anthony Harding in the 40th minute.
In the first encounter Ann’s Grove gave a good account of themselves, as the East Coast side played well in the first half but could not match the skills and technique of Alpha who have once again shown their class.
The `Hammer’ played patient football and broke down their opponents who tried to force the pace of the game. Abassy McPherson who was playing defence put the Georgetown champions ahead in the 20th minute after he overlapped and slapped a powerful left-foot shot past Ann’s Grove keeper Helton Fraser.
Anthony Harding made it 2-0 in the 40th minute for Alpha who dictated the pace of the game and played well within themselves.
In the second half, Ann’s Grove injected fresh legs in search of goals as they pressed their opponents and created a few chances but their young inexperienced strikers could not penetrate Alpha’s defence which was manned by national captain Howard Lowe.
The feature game between BK Western Tigers and Victoria Kings lived up to its hype as both teams played with purpose as they looked to dominate each other.
Kings squandered many chances created and almost paid the price in the 27th minute when Western Tigers Striker Philip Rowley shot went just over the crossbar.
Kings forwards Orin Elias and Rolson ‘Crespo’ Morrison wasted many good chances in the first half. The battle was intense as both sides had their moments. The second half was played at a very hot pace as both teams showed that they have condition and really wanted to win the game. However, after regulation and extra time there were no goals and this required a penalty shootout, in which the Kings prevailed over the Tigers.
A total of 20 penalties were taken and football fans held their nerve in a tense shootout. In the first five penalties, Kwesi De Souza missed for the Victoria Kings and Kevon Gordon for Western Tigers.
In the first set, Orin Elias, Aubrey Gibson, Donald Lutchman, and Andrew Holder scored for Kings, while Philip Rowley, Delon Fraser, Alvin Chase and Mark Trotman netted for the Tigers.
In the second set Rolson Morrison missed for the Kings and Paul Giles for Tigers. Shawn Samuels, Kojo Huntley, Calvin De Souza and Samuel Blackette scored for the Kings and Colin Nelson, Peter Miggins and Royan Thompson netted for the Tigers while Dwayne Daniels and Travis Procter missed for Tigers to give Victoria Kings the victory.