Golden Stars, Soc­cer City record hard-fought vic­to­ries

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

Golden Stars and Soc­cer City se­cured hard-fought wins when the 2nd An­nual GT Beer eight-a-side Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ued on Fri­day at the All-Saints ground, New Am­s­ter­dam.

Golden Stars edged Ma­haicony 2-1 on sud­den death penalty kicks af­ter reg­u­la­tion time ended 2-2. Prior to the cli­matic fin­ish, Ma­haicony took the ini­tial lead in the sixth minute as Ruel Ch­ester scored.

A botched clear­ance from the back­line fol­low­ing a right-sided cross al­lowed the on­rush­ing Ch­ester to slot his ef­fort into the back of the net.

How­ever, Golden Stars equalised in the form of Su­nil Lo­gan in the 23rd minute. The nippy Lo­gan con­verted from the penalty spot af­ter a Ma­haicony de­fender was ad­judged to have han­dled the ball in the area.

Ma­haicony then re-took the lead in the back-and-forth clash as Oze Hal­ley found the back of the net in the 24th minute.

It was a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual ef­fort from Hal­ley, who skipped past two chal­lengers while rac­ing into the penalty area, be­fore ri­fling his ef­fort into the far cor­ner.

Nev­er­the­less, the game was pushed into the penalty shoot-out realm as vet­eran mid­fielder Quacey Price net­ted in the 43rd minute.

It was a cun­ning strike from the stal­wart, who redi­rected an ini­tial strike from his team-mate past the op­pos­ing cus­to­dian from in­side the six-yard box.

Mean­while, Soc­cer City up­set Cougars-A by a 1-0 score-line. Cougars were dom­i­nant through­out the con­test but was guilty of spurn­ing sev­eral clear-cut chances.

John West then se­cured the un­likely win in the 14th minute with a pow­er­ful shot from in­side the 18-yard area.

The tour­na­ment re­sumes to­day at the same lo­ca­tion with an­other dou­ble­header. At 19:00hrs, Hopetown-B lock horns with Par­adise, while the fea­ture clash pits Rosig­nol against Ma­haica Deter­mi­na­tors from 20:00hrs.

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