‘Gold Rush’ Futsal down to ‘Final Four’

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By Treiston Joseph

It’s now down to four teams in the Xtreme Clean and Maintenance ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal tournament, following the quarter-final round on Tuesday (June 13) evening at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. There was no shortage of action during the night’s play, especially with Tucville having one of their best games in the tournament, a 6-3 win against a top Back Circle side.

Back Circle simply could not hang with the firepower of Tucville and quickly fell behind by two goals within the first four minutes of the match when Delon Williams in the third and Jahaal Greaves in the fourth were on target.

Tucville continued the trend of regular scoring at key moments with Tefon Daly and Ryan Hackett scoring a goal apiece in the 17th and 27th minutes respectively, while Jermaine Junior got a double in the 25th and 28th minutes. Back Circle, while always finding themselves down, got goals from Selwyn Williams, Curtez Kellman and Jermaine Beckles in the 10th, 21st and 26th minutes respectively.

Captain of the Tucville team Delon Williams spoke on the win. “We had a couple good days of training session and we played well; our only problem was that we allowed two or three goals which is unacceptable at this point in the tournament because it’s the knockout stage but we came out and got the win which was important for us tonight.”

Williams, who was a part of the scoring barrage with the opening goal in the match, highlighted what they hope to do in their semi-final match.

“We are just going to take it a game at a time, we got this win now it’s to go back on the field and prepare for Sophia but just taking it a game at a time in the tournament,” Williams mentioned. Meanwhile, Sparta Boss stopped an upstart young squad in Future Stars with a 3-2 victory to move onto the semi-final.

Sparta Boss were kept on their toes by the young side, but experience prevailed in the end with Devon Millington and Sheldon Shepherd scoring goals in the 14th and 17th minutes, while Eusi Phillips scored the winner just before the full time whistle in the 29th minute of the match.

Millington spoke with News Room Sport after the game. “We tried to run with the youngsters which put us on the back foot a bit but we played well to come out with the win tonight… the position we are in is nothing unfamiliar to us and we have the experience to go all the way as a team and family.”

Sophia also made it through to the semi-finals with a big 4-1 against futsal giants Bent Street. Desmond Cottam had a double in the fifth and the 17th minutes, while Omallo Williams also had a double in the 28th and 30th minutes.

The other quarter-final match resulted in a win for Albouystown, who upset Broad Street Bulles 2-1. Broad Street was the first to score in the fifth minute through Samuel Hunte, while Roy Cassou equalised in the eighth before Marlon Nedd’s game winner in the 12th. Sophia will now play Tucville in the first semi-final on Thursday (June 15), while Sparta Boss and Albouystown will clash in the other.

Action is set to start at 20:00h at the National Gymnasium.

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