Fu­ture Stars, Ol Skool Ballers to bat­tle in Guin­ness ‘Cage’ fi­nal

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Fu­ture Stars will bat­tle un­der­dog Ol Skool Ballers in the fi­nal of the Guin­ness ‘Cage’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships Satur­day fol­low­ing semi-fi­nal wins against Leopold Street and Back Cir­cle re­spec­tively on Tues­day.

Fu­ture Stars con­tin­ued their me­te­oric rise on the lo­cal foot­ball cir­cuit, down­ing the highly-touted Leopold Street unit 2-1 on penalty kicks in front of a size­able crowd at the Na­tional Gym­na­sium, Man­dela Av­enue.

Jer­maine Ju­nior and Len­nox Cort net­ted from the dis­tance dur­ing the tense penalty shoot-out with only Sa­muel Hunte scor­ing for Leopold Street.

The clash, which ended score­less dur­ing the reg­u­la­tion and ex­tra time in­ter­vals, pit­ted the air-tight de­fence of the youth­ful Fu­ture Stars unit, a team that has only con­ceded once, against the tour­ney’s lead­ing of­fence with 12 goals led by tour­ney top shot Okeene Fraser [7 con­ver­sions].

Mean­while, the im­pres­sive Ol Skool Ballers con­tin­ued their gi­ant killing ways as they added Back Cir­cle to the ever grow­ing list of van­quished teams, win­ning by a 3-2 score line.

Back Cir­cle’s name was added to the list which al­ready fea­tures Sparta Boss, Al­bouys­town-A, Broad Street and Al­bouys­town-B, fol­low­ing goals from Roy Cas­sou, Qua­son McAu­lay and Fabian Craw­ford in the back and forth en­counter.

Cas­sou, McAu­lay and Craw­ford scored in the 10th, 12th and 45th minute to seal their team’s maiden fi­nal ap­pear­ance. For the los­ing team, Stephan McLean net­ted twice in the 17th and 49th minute.

Back Cir­cle and Leopold Street will face­off in the tra­di­tional third place play­off.

The win­ner of the his­toric event will re­ceive $400,000 and the cham­pi­onship tro­phy. The run­nerup will pocket $200,000 and the re­spec­tive tro­phy.

Mean­while, the third and fourth placed fin­ish­ers will col­lect $100,000 and $50,000 re­spec­tive and a tro­phy. On the in­di­vid­ual side, the Most Valu­able Player (MVP) will re­ceive a gold chain from YK In­vest­ments and Pawn Shop and the re­spec­tive ac­co­lade from Tro­phy Stall Bourda.

The com­plete list of the event spon­sors are Star Party Rentals, Faye Joseph, Claude Ged­des Recre­ational Sports Club, Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion, Wind­jam­mer In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel & Cui­sine, E-Net­works, Wood­pecker Tro­phies & Sport, Y.K In­vest­ments & Pawn Shop, Henry Chase, Jai Signs, Tro­phy Stall, the Bike Shop and John Fer­nan­des Ltd.

Okeene Fraser (right) of Leopold Street skip­ping away from his marker Jer­maine Ju­nior of Fu­ture Stars dur­ing their semi-fi­nal show­down in the Guin­ness ‘Cage’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship at the Na­tional Gym­na­sium

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