Georgetown Football Club (GFC) booked their berth in the quarterfinal section of the Mayor’s Cup knockout football tourney, dismissing Den Amstel by a 2-0 margin on Monday at the GFC ground in Bourda.
Vurlon Mills, coach of the winning side in an invited comment said:” I think we stuck to our game plan and played discipline throughout the 90 minutes. I think they (Den Amstel) were frustrated because they couldn’t get to penetrate our defence.”
Calvin Shepherd and Dwayne Fordyce were on target for the hosts in the 14th and 60th minutes correspondingly. GFC will now match skills with Fruta Conquerors in the quarterfinal section at the same location.
In an opening period devoid of many attacking forays, Shepherd opened the scoring for the hosts’ compliments of a well-placed header.
Racing into the penalty area, the nippy winger upon latching onto a left sided Kareem Knights cross would direct his attempt across the body of the custodian and into the left hand corner of the net.
Despite having the lion’s share of possession, Den Amstel would fire their first shot on target in the 51st minute as Delon Lanferman headed his effort wide of the left corner, after receiving a right sided cross unchallenged within the centre of the area.
Den Amstel’s failure to capitalise on their significant possession would lead to the home side taking a 2-0 lead as Fordyce rocketed his right footed attempt into the top left hand corner, after cutting across his marker just outside the top of the box.
The Bourda outfit would then seize further control of the fixture as Den Amstel was reduced to 10 men nine minutes later after defensive midfielder Morvin Henry picked up his second bookable offence for a reckless challenge.
GFC’s fine showing was almost capped off by a third goal in the 84th minute as an audacious Jamal Hamilton strike from 30 yard out on the right side of the field, came crashing off the crossbar, much to the relief of the opposing shot-stopper.
In the opening matchup of the doubleheader, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) arrested Pouderoyen FC by a 1-0 score line in a bruising affair.
Rondell Arthur netted the only goal in the 77th minute, stabbing his effort to the back of the net, after the Pouderoyen custodian parried a second attempt into his path within the area following an initial stop.
The lawmen will not faceoff with traditional knockout specialists Pele in their quarterfinal fixture. Winner of the event will receive $1,000,000 and the championship trophy while the runners-up will pocket $300,000 and the respective title.
The third and fourth positioned teams will walk away with $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and the corresponding. The quarterfinal round is slated to commence at the same venue on Friday.