[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sparta Boss trounced West Front Road 4-2 to win the inaugural title of the tournament on Tuesday evening at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, Bourda.
Drama unfolded in front of the large turnout in the opening minutes of the final when eventual Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament Sheldon Shepherd being sent out for three minutes after receiving a yellow card.
However, the disadvantage did not stop Sparta Boss as they registered their first goal in the sixth minute of the game with a Devon Millington Strike.
Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson then scored in the 11th minute off an assist from Millington to quickly balloon the lead to 2-0 to end the first half.
West Front Road quickly cut into Sparta Boss’ lead after the game resumed with a goal from Colin Nelson in the 22nd minute. While West Front had a few other opportunities to score, Richardson twice in the 26th and 35th minutes for a hat-trick, that proved to be too much for West Front Road.
However, West Front Road did score a consolation goal in the final minute of the game, coming off the boot of Michael Pedro.
The win for Sparta Boss has guaranteed them top prize of $600,000, as well as a trophy, while Shepherd received a cheque worth $50,000 from 2J’s General Store for his MVP performance.
West Front Road was also named the most disciplined team of the tournament and received a cheque worth $25,000 for their good behavior, while Dwayne Lowe was awarded a gold chain from Junior’s Jewelry for being the highest goal scorer with nine goals.
Meanwhile, Queen Street- Tiger Bay won the third place game against Kitty Weavers 3-2. Darren Harris scored all three goals for Queen Street in the sixth, 20th and 31st minutes to ensure the win.
Nigel Denny in the 12th and Sherwin Vincent in the 26th were the goal scorers for Kitty Weavers in the close encounter. Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, was pleased with the tournament and noted that both teams deserved to be in the final.