President’s Cup football: Queenstown, Blue Berry Hill secure opening day victory
The inaugural One Guyana President’s Cup tournament kicked off Sunday in Linden, Essequibo and Berbice.
The one-of-a-kind tournament will feature two stages. First, 16 inter-ward teams in each administrative region of Guyana will compete for top honours.
The second stage will see a 25-man squad comprising the best players of each of the 10 Regions selected for a grand battle to decide the victors of the One Guyana President’s Cup on January 1, 2023.
At the Anna Regina Multilateral School Ground in Region Two, Queenstown hammered Saudi 7-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Avinash Ramanan.
Ramanan netted his goals in the 60th, 63rd and 85th minute for Queenstown, which also had goals from Mario Walcott (40’, 42’), Rodley Carter (75’) and James (89’) to advance.
In Linden, where the Region 10 zone kicked off at the Wisburg Secondary Ground, only one game was played of the planned double-header.
Fans were treated to an exciting clash between Block 22 and Blueberry Hill, where the two sides ended regulation levelled on a goal each (1-1).
The match went to kicks from the penalty mark where Block 22 came out winners 4-3.
Matches were played in Region Six with a double-header at the Scott School ground in New Amsterdam. Central New Amsterdam played Lower Corentyne, while North New Amsterdam took on Canje.
A double-header was played at Region Five. Paradise battled Number 28 Village and Rosignol came up against Number Five Village at the Rosignol Community Centre Ground.
Results of these matches will be published in a subsequent report.