Bux­ton United, Den Am­s­tel to meet in Su­per16 fi­nal

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

Bux­ton United will tackle Den Am­s­tel in the Guyana Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion [GFF] ‘Stag Beer Su­per 16 fi­nal fol­low­ing un­likely semi-fi­nal wins over Fruta Con­querors and West­ern Tigers re­spec­tively on Fri­day.

Staged in front of their large home sup­port at the Bux­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ground, the Bux­to­ni­ans up­set highly touted West­ern Tigers by a 2-1 score line in the fea­ture semi-fi­nal, fol­low­ing a 89th minute penalty con­ver­sion.

Locked 1-1 and seemed des­tined for ex­tra time, Bux­ton United was pre­sented with a penalty kick op­por­tu­nity, af­ter Raphael Ed­wards hacked down his op­pos­ing num­ber in­side the box.

Tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity from the mark, She­mar Fraser made no mis­take as he calmly con­verted to send the crowd into a frenzy. Prior to the afore­said con­clu­sion, Dil­lon Wright broke the dead­lock in favour of the home side in the 37thminute.

A mo­ment of lapse by the back­line lead to the afore­said con­ver­sion, as a cross from a cor­ner-kick, evaded the en­tire de­fense in­side the six yard area, al­low­ing the on­rush­ing Wright to lash his ef­fort into the net.

The lead proved to be brief, as Kelsey Ben­jamin re­stored par­ity to pro­ceed­ings four min­utes later. Cut­ting in from the right flank, Ben­jamin ri­fled a left foot shot into the far right cor­ner.

Mean­while, Den Am­s­tel downed Elite League cham­pion Fruta Con­querors by an iden­ti­cal score in the open­ing semi-fi­nal. Ver­sa­tile at­tacker Ja­mal Har­vey crafted a dou­ble for the West De­mer­ara out­fit to seal the win.

It was a for­tu­itous opener for Har­vey in the 14th minute, as his curl­ing free-kick from the top of the 18 yard area, in­ex­pli­ca­bly slipped through the grasp of the goal­keeper and set­tled into the back of the net.

The ad­van­tage quickly grew, as Har­vey tal­lied his sec­ond six min­utes later. There was noth­ing for­tu­itous about this con­ver­sion, as Har­vey raced onto a through pass from Leo Lovell, be­fore drib­bling the fi­nal de­fender and fin­ish­ing into the far cor­ner.

This com­mand­ing lead was main­tained head­ing into the half­time in­ter­val. The Tucville-based unit even­tu­ally recorded a con­so­la­tion goal in the 85th through Eon Alleyne.

The nippy at­tacker latched onto a lobbed ball which sailed over the rear­guard, be­fore clin­i­cally fin­ish­ing past the ad­vanc­ing goal­keeper dur­ing a one on one sit­u­a­tion.

The venue for the Jan­uary 1st fi­nale is yet to be an­nounced. The two los­ing semi­fi­nal­ists will match skills in the third place play­off.

Com­plete Re­sults

Game-1 Den Am­s­tel-2 vs Fruta Con­querors-1

Den Am­s­tel Scorer Ja­mal Har­vey-14th and 22nd

Fruta Scorer Eon Alleyne-85th

Game-2 West­ern Tigers-1 vs Bux­ton United-2

Bux­ton Scor­ers Dil­lon Wright-37th She­mar Fraser-89th West­ern Scorer Kelsey Ben­jamin-41st

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