Night of thrills at GAIA semis

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 4 -

It was a thrilling night of in­trigue, with more twists than an Al­fred Hitch­cock plot in GAIA INC, 9-A-side Foot­ball Tour­na­ment play­offs at the Mau­rice King Sports Com­plex in Briar Hall, Christ Church.

Fif­teen goals, in­clud­ing four in a penalty shootout, dei­ighted the ap­pre­cia­tive crowd watch­ing the play­offs Wed­nes­day night.

Zone A win­ners GAIA Inc opened pro­ceed­ings with a 2-1 win over Run­way Duty Free as the in­form Brian Corbin and Rico Forde net­ted for GAIA while Ka­reem Far­rell got the con­so­la­tion for Run­way.

God­dard’s Ca­ter­ing, against the run of play, ended the high­fly­ing Drive-a-matic Sun Group’s progress, through the lone strike from Ter­rike Small.

Zone B win­ners Mock­atel­las had to dig deep after Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice Agents United drew level at the stroke of half­time after An­thony Forde’s open­ing goal was equalised by Ja­mar Year­wood.

The flood­gates opened in the sec­ond stanza with Mock­atel­las ham­mer­ing five goals for a 6-1 vic­tory to romp into the semis. Gregg Man­dev­ille and Tyrell Hink­son recorded braces, while Chad Small also scored. An un­der­manned Aliants drew first blood through Omari Jack­man against Caribbean Air­craft Han­dling Ramp, only to let their hold on a semi­fi­nal berth slip as Ramp forced the shootout with a late equaliser from Tra­maine Du­rant.

The mo­men­tum shift re­mained with the Ramp as they won the dreaded penalty shootout 3-1.

The GAIA and God­dard’s open Mon­day’s semi­fi­nals, fol­lowed by the Mock­atel­las and Ramp bat­tle. The tour­na­ment con­cludes with the fi­nals and pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 19.

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