Wins for Alpha United, Conquerors and GFC in NAMILCO U-17 football
Alpha United, Fruta Conquerors and Georgetown Football Club all turned in flawless performances, while Santos and Eastveldt battled to a draw when action in the inaugural GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National Under-17 Intra Association League in the capital city.
Competing at the Tucville ground, not even the soggy conditions could have deterred the future stars of Guyana from displaying their skills even though conditions were heavy. The players were out to battle for their clubs and themselves in order to challenge for the top prize and bragging rights.
When the day’s activities came to a close, Alpha United downed Camptown 4-2 in the feature match, Fruta Conquerors blanked Pele 6-0, Georgetown Football Club (GFC) was too much for Order and Discipline to handle winning 5-0 while Santos and Eastveldt battled to a 2-2 stalemate.
The Alpha/Camptown kicked off with the latter not at full strength which Alpha took advantage of as they had three players more than their opponents. Eight minutes into the match, Alpha nosed ahead when Julian Bamfield sent his shot sailing into the far corner even as the Camptown players and fans appealed for offside.
But despite falling behind, Camptown fought back as they tried to keep their opponents at bay whilst engineering a few counter attacks of their own. In the 28th minute a well directed free kick taken by the lanky Shane Jones sailed over the outstretched hands of Alpha’s custodian Ricardo Harlequin to even the score at 1-1.
Camptown surprised their opponents when they took the lead in the 46th minute, operating at full strength now, Marlo Stewart rocking the nets. Camptown’s joy of taking the lead was however short-lived as Alpha evened things up thanks to a Shemuel Casper goal.
Thereafter, it was all one way traffic as Alpha turned up the heat which saw them scoring two unanswered goals, both coming off the boot of Ryan Ramsey in the 57th from the penalty spot, a retaken shot (both scoring) and the 67th minute which sealed the deal.
Fruta Conquerors was in a no-nonsense mood in their 6-0 demolition of Pele; a double each was scored by Jermaine Garrett, Cecil Jackman and Luchort Forde. Garrett rocked the nets in the 9th and 50th minute; Jackman was on target in the 11th and 41st while Forde hit the network in the 16th and 52nd.
GFC took 48 minutes to stamp their seal on their encounter with Order and Discipline which they won 5-0. Converting goals were Matthew in the 9th minute, Reuben miller in the 16th, Randy Smartt one minute later, Rondel Peters in the 21st and Matthew Lythe three minutes into the second half.
Santos had to dig deep in order to earn an equal share of the points against Eastveldt which took the lead in the 13th minute on account of Carl Lynch’s first of two goals. Eastveldt enjoyed the lead for some time as Santos was only able to equalize in the 52nd minute compliments of a Teon Forde goal.
But as soon as Santos drew level, Eastveldt regained the lead one minute later when Lynch completed his double. Santos was able to find the equalizing goal for the second time in the match when Naseem Algermon hit the back of the nets in the 61st minute to walk away with an even share of the points.
Photo caption: Part of the action between Alpha United and Camptown