Slingerz FC overcame BK Western Tigers 3-2 in their semifinal encounter as action in the Slingerz/National Association for Women Football (NAWF) Goal for Gold tournament continued yesterday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, Bourda.

Played in front of a packed house, Western Tigers would take the early lead in the 23rd minute through a Stellon David left-footed free kick from just outside the 18-yard area following the Slingerz keeper handling the ball outside the area.

Slingerz would level proceedings nine minutes later through a Quason McAulay right-footed strike inside the six-yard box after receiving a pass from defender Joshua Browne.  The West Demerara side would take the lead for the first time in the game in the most opportunistic of manners as Leroy Pedro accidentally played the ball into his own net in the 41st minute from a left-side cross to end the first half.

Resuming play in the second period, Slingerz would double their advantage in the 74th minute through a Clive Nobrega right-footed strike from within the right side penalty area after being played on by a perfectly weighted Tichard Joseph pass.

The West Ruimveldt side would cut the deficit to one in the 79th minute as midfielder Jerome Richardson unleashed a powerful free kick from 35 yards out that simply evaded the Slingerz custodian.  The remaining 10 minutes would prove a tense affair for the West Demerara side as West Tigers began to throw bodies forward in search of the equalizer.

Slingerz eventually held on as the official sounded his whistle, booking their spot in the final against Alpha United on Sunday, September 1st at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda.

In an invited post-match comment victorious Coach Charles Pollard stated “I’m a little disappointed, it was two unfortunate goals but we have two days to improve”.

Action continues tomorrow at the same venue with the third place playoff between Western Tigers and Camptown FC at 20:30hrs.

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