CORONA FUTSAL: Back Circle, Tiger Bay in battle too close to call
You must be thinking this first paragraph will give you the desired the answer, but sorry to disappoint, the calibre of teams makes it ultimately too close to call as to who will win.
You will have to sit on the edge of your seats like the rest of us journalists on Saturday evening at the National Gymnasium to see who has the tenacity to score just one more or maybe two than the other when action gets underway at midnight in the annual Corona Futsal championship.
No doubt the experience of Back Circle makes them a favourite, but the determined Tiger Bay lads have overcome their quarter-final jitters and are bent on pocketing the $500,000 first prize. Second place will be awarded $250,000.
So who are the men to keep an eye out for?
For Back Circle, it will be Trayon Bobb, who is a contender for the Most Valuable Player prize of a Hero Motorcycle, with 10 goals thus far. Captain Selwyn Williams is the team’s next highest scorer with four goals.
Interestingly, Back Circle has been the best defensive team, just conceding eight goals in five matches, while Tiger Bay have topped the attacking charts with 31 goals in six matches.
Their goal rush has been led by inspirational captain Deon Alfred, who in the semi-final hammered seven past Future Stars. Alfred has 15 goals, the most in the race for the MVP prize. In support will be seasoned national players Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams and Solomon Austin.
The contrasting styles of play has driven Co-Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, to state “it will be like a movie come the final.”
Both captains expressed their desire to put on a satisfying show for the fans and pleaded with them to come out in their numbers to offer the extra fuel to players.
The supporting fixture will be the third place playoff between former champions Bent Street and Future Stars from 22:00h. Third will cop $150,000 and fourth $75,000.
The two exhibition matches will feature Tiger Bay girls and Conquerors girls from 20:00h and then Guyana Power and Light battling Guyana Water Inc. from 21:00h.