Western Tigers, GDF among favourites in semi-finals of GFF/K&S year-end football
- Police and Den Amstel also through
Three of the teams many pundits picked to reach the semi-finals of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/Kashif and Shanghai (K&S) year-end football tournament have stayed the course, while Den Amstel booted top city side Fruta Conquerors to book to their spot.
The competition began with 19 teams, but it is now down to four teams vying for the two spots to clash for the cherished prize on January 1, 2022.
The battles for the final two spots pit heavyweight favourites Western Tigers FC against Guyana Police Force FC and defending champions Guyana Defence Force FC with Den Amstel.
The matches will be contested Wednesday from 18:00h and 20:30h at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora.
In their quarter-final match-up with Ann’s Grove, the lawmen won quite convincingly with a 3-0 score line.
An own goal by Quincy Barry in the sixth minute followed by a Dexroy Adams’ strike in the 41st gave Police a 2-0 cushion at half-time.
Five minutes into the second half, Jermine Junior sealed Police’s commanding victory.
Likewise, Tigers thumped home side Bartica All Stars 4-0 on Christmas night. It was set up by a double from Kevon Woodley (23rd and 45th) and supporting acts from Trayon Bobb (18th) and Quincy Adams (82nd).
The defending champions came from behind after Denzel Fordyce placed Milerock ahead in the 25th minute at the Mackenzie Sports Club, and it proved to be the lone goal for the half.
The second was a significant turnaround for GDF as Sherwin Caesar crashed the back of the net twice– 68th and 83rd – and Benjamin Opara netted in the 78th to seal a thrilling win.
Meanwhile, West Demerara side Den Amstel ousted Conquerors 3-1 in a dominant first-half display led by Keanu Lawrence (26th and 28th) and Gideon Payne (18th). Young Raushan Ritch added some consolation for the Tucville based unit in the 51st.
The team to lift the trophy on January 1 will also take home G$2 million.