Ol Skool Ballers win inaugural Guinness Cage futsal title
By Treiston Joseph
Ol Skool Ballers were in top form in the wee hours of Sunday, hammering Future Stars 3-1 to cart off the inaugural Guinness Cage Futsal title at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.
Organised by Three Peat Promotions, the final brought out the best in Ol Skool as they kept attacking Future Stars to walk away with the $400,000 top prize. Ol Skool had the more fluent play on the court and it showed in their ability to string together passes without hesitation.
While somewhat of a physical match-up as well, Quason McAulay opened the scoring for Ol Skool with a strike right in front of goal to the jubilation of the massive crowd in attendance. The score line would quickly read 1-1 albeit an own goal in the 12th minute.
Nevertheless, it was Ol Skool from that even with Future Stars getting off a few shots they never looked like a threatening team to top the eventual winners.
McAulay went on to score another two goals in the 15th and 35th minutes of match for a hat-trick and the Most Valuable Player honours. Meanwhile, Leopold Street took third place with a 2-0 win against Back Circle to cart off the $100,000 prize and trophy.
Leopold Street played at a higher pace than Back Circle and were able to take advantage of their speed factor to open the scoring in the 18th minute through Okeene Fraser, who was later named the highest goal scorer of the tournament with eight goals, while Omallo Williams sealed the deal in the 30th minute of the match.
Organiser of the event, Rawle Welch thanked all the sponsors and teams for supporting the event while noting that the competition will only get better as teams get familiar with the format.