Plaisance edge Church Yard United 2-1 in thrilling final

Warren Gilkes was in a class all by himself netting both goals for Plaisance in the final.

On a night marred by dubious officiating, patrons on Saturday night, witnessed a Warren Gilkes master class as Plaisance became the inaugural Guinness Greatest of the Streets, East Coast champions when they defeated Church Yard United by two goals to one in a thrilling finale.

Played at the Haslington Market Square and witnessed by the largest and boisterous multitude to date, the grand finale began with Plaisance off to the races as they controlled the early possession through their lateral passing scope.

A brilliantly worked move from Gilkes playing a more central role, almost broke the early deadlock but the resulting buildup went narrowly wide, sending a collective sigh amongst the Church Yard faithful. Tentativeness and fatigue from their respective semifinal excursions began to take a toll on the players as the tempo of the slowed with both teams trying to solidify their relevant backlines.

Opportunities became a rare commodity as the game became a scrappy and disjointed affair.
Passing and mistimed runs seemed to be the result of tired legs as both camps struggled to fashion clear cut opportunities. Church Yard, compliments of great orchestration from their engine room, almost broke the gridlock on the stroke of halftime only to be found wanting in execution of the finish.

The second period began as the first with Plaisance pressing forward trying to impose their supremacy and Church Yard countering capably. Running on pride and simply adrenaline, the dead heat was finally broken by none other than Gilkes in the 17th minute, sending the loud Plaisance fandom into frenzied merriment.

Warren Gilkes was in a class all by himself netting  both goals for Plaisance in the final.
Warren Gilkes was in a class all by himself netting both goals for Plaisance in the final.
The Plaisance Football team displays the Guinness Greatest of the Street trophy with their supporters very much in evidence.
The Plaisance Football team displays the Guinness Greatest of the Street trophy with their supporters very much in evidence.

The resulting goal would kick start a back and forth slugfest as lung busting runs became prevalent into opposing territory driving the large mass into a harmonious synchronism. Set up nicely for the remaining minutes, the Church Yard boys began to throw bodies forward looking to restore equivalence to the proceedings.

Riding their new found momentum through continued possession and finding space in the wider areas, parity was magnificently restored as a brilliantly worked counter attack was superbly finished off by Kearon Sionmon in the 22nd minute, sending their huge following into pure bliss.

Sensing the momentum shift and putting their capable antagonists under the pump, the Church Yard faithful were silenced as a cracking strike by Plaisance marksman Gilkes in the 26th minute effectively put the game to bed and crowned the Plaisance outfit, the Guinness Greatest of the Streets Inaugural East Coast Champions.

Results of the scheduled matches: Semifinal 1- Plaisance 2 V/s BV-A 1- Plaisance- Kester Green- ninth minute and Warren Gilkes- 11th minute- BV-A- Delroy Dean- sixth minute.

Semifinal 2- Church Yard United 1 V/s Melanie A 0- Church Yard United -Horace Graham- 31st minute.
Third Place Playoff- BV-A 1 V/s Melanie A 0- BV-A- Reon Hopkinson- ninth minute

Comments  

Hetmyer, Adams in for final round

The national cricket selectors have made two changes to the Guyana Jaguars squad for their final round clash of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional first-class championships against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force beginning today at the Guyana National Stadium.

Debutant Ngidi leads South Africa to series victory v India

PRETORIA, (Reuters) – Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second test in Pretoria yesterday and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest.

Windies exit World Cup but court controversy in defeat

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies Under-19s’ title defence ended in shambles with a heavy 76-run defeat to South Africa Under-19s, but controversy accompanied their disappointing exit from the ICC Youth World Cup here Wednesday.

Gayle headlines Windies stars in auction

NEW DELHI, India, CMC Superstar Chris Gayle headlines several top-tier West Indies players who will join over 1 000 players in the highly anticipated Indian Premier League auction scheduled for month end.

Windies hold no fear for confident Irish

BELFAST, Ireland, CMC Two-time former 50-overs champions West Indies maybe the highest seeded side in the ICC World Cup qualifiers but they hold no terrors for minnows Ireland.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×