Alpha United is once again proving its mettle as one of Guyana’s top football clubs as they took a commanding lead in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) 10- team Super League after drubbing Bartica’s Liquid Gold 6-0 Sunday last.
The game was played under heavy conditions at the Bartica Community Centre ground and scores of Barticians braved the rain to come out in support of their team.
Cheered on by the highly vocal crowd, the home team responded by playing with lots of energy and had the city team on the defensive in the early stages of the game.
However, things took a turn after Alpha began to mesh as a team and Andrew Murray Jr., with a beautifully stroked right footer from just outside the top of the 18-yard box in the 30th minute had the Liquid Gold goalie flying high to ‘V’ but to no avail.
Murray’s goal certainly sparked the Alpha team to life and eight minutes later, Anthony Harding (38th) emulated his teammate’s strike.
The first half ended 2-0 but just when the Liquid Gold supporters were rallying around their team, Dwayne Jacobs had another idea.
Jacobs was always troubling Liquid Gold’s defence and he worked his way down the right side of
the field and using his speed and good ball movement beat the `keeper at the near post for the first of his hat-trick in the 59th minute.
Harding then scored his second goal in the 71st minute and by this time the Barticians and their supporters had already given up.
But this encouraged the entire Alpha United team as they all begun to press forward and then Jacobs scored his other two goals in the 81st and 86th minutes.
As the Alpha United team exited the ground in jubilation, a fight broke out between the Liquid Gold players and their supporters but Stabroek Sport could not ascertain how the spat started.
Nevertheless, the win pushed ‘The Hammers’, the only unbeaten team in the League, to 14 points from six games while Liquid Gold sit fourth with seven points from two wins, two losses and a draw.
Meanwhile, Linden’s Bakewell Topp XX and Seawall United played to a 1-1 draw at Uitvlugt but the team from the mining town is fifth in the League with six points from five games (2 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw) as compared to the West Side team who are eighth with one win, three draws and one loss.
Another Linden team, Milerock picked up a much needed win when they stopped the surging Rosignol United 2-1 in their clash at the Blairmont Community Centre ground. The League will continue this Sunday with Liquid Gold facing Seawall United in Bartica in a game that should be interesting as the Barticians try to restore some pride and regain the support of their fans.
In Linden, Topp XX and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will square off in the lone game of the night while in the double header at Plaisance, Victoria Kings will play Milerock and Buxton United will tackle Sunburst Camptown.