All roads tonight lead to GFC ground for two mouth-wa­ter­ing encounters

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK SPORT -

All roads tonight will lead to the Ge­orge­town Foot­ball Club (GFC) ground, Bourda, when Western Tigers bat­tles Guyana Po­lice Force (GPF) and GFC tack­les North­ern Rangers, in the Corona Beer In­vi­ta­tional Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal round.

The open­ing en­counter at 19:00hrs is ex­pected to be a keenly-con­tested af­fair when home side GFC at­tempt to seal a long awaited fi­nal’s berth against the emerg­ing North­ern Rangers unit.

The Bourda boys are in ram­pant form fol­low­ing their 5-2 ham­mer­ing of Rid­dim Squad in the quar­ter­fi­nal round. Of­fen­sively, GFC has fash­ioned 19 goals in six matches.

The main threats have come in the form of Ben­jamin Opara, Joel Humphrey and Dwayne Robeiro, who will be tasked with un­lock­ing an­other rear­guard.

De­fen­sively, GFC has al­lowed six goals, with much ex­pected from the emerg­ing back­line led by cen­tre-half Raphael and emerg­ing goal­keeper Sesi Norville.

On the op­po­site side, North­ern Rangers se­cured their semi-fi­nal berth fol­low­ing an emotional penalty shoot-out win over fierce ri­val Camp­town.

From the at­tack­ing stand­point, the Kitty unit has crafted 12 goals in the cam­paign thus far, with the four­some of An­thony San­cho, Kwame Holder, Su­nil Lo­gan and Stephen Reynolds re­spon­si­ble for most of their con­ver­sions.

On the de­fen­sive end, the Kitty pos­sess the joint best record with only three con­ces­sions. The fea­ture con­test at 21:00hrs be­tween Western Tigers and GPF will be a re­match of the group stage.

In the pre­vi­ous meet­ing, Western Tigers pre­vailed 2-1. En­ter­ing this meet­ing, the West Ruimveldt ham­mered Pele 6-0 in the quar­ter­fi­nal round.

Of­fen­sively, the Tigers has recorded 38 goals, which is eas­ily the best record led by a tal­ented ros­ter com­pris­ing of Ran­dolph Wag­ner, Dar­ren Ben­jamin, Len­nox Cort, Ja­mal Pe­dro, Shane Mor­ris and Dwayne McLen­non.

On the de­fen­sive end, Western Tigers pos­sess the joint best record with only three goals al­lowed, eas­ily jus­ti­fy­ing their sta­tus as the most bal­anced team in the event.

For the law­men, 30 goals have been scored by the sec­ond best strike-force, which com­prises of Quincy Holder, Stephan Ramsay, Dwain Ja­cobs, An­thio Wal­lace and Lerone Charles.

In terms of their de­fen­sive num­bers, seven goals has breached their back­line. Win­ner of the tour­na­ment will pocket $1,000,000 and the cham­pi­onship tro­phy, while run­ner-up will re­ceive $200,000 and the re­spec­tive ac­co­lade.

On the other hand, the third and fourth place fin­ish­ers will walk away with $200,000 and $100,000 re­spec­tively. The other teams that com­peted in the tour­na­ment were Bea­cons FC, Flamingo FC, Black Pearl and East Ville FC.

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