Heavyweights Western Tigers and Fruta Conquerors will lock horns with giant-killers Ann’s Grove FC and Georgetown Football Club (GFC) respectively when the Mayor’s Cup knockout football tourney continues today at the GFC ground in Bourda.
In the feature contest, Western Tigers will attempt to end the remarkable run of Ann’s Grove when they faceoff at 21:00hrs.
Outflanking the army 4-3 in to seal their passage to the quarterfinals, the East Coast of Demerara side will look to continue their stay in the event and will require another clinical showing from the trio of Maxston Adams, Kevon Barry and Quincy Johnson when opening whistle sounds.
Led by the likes of Phillip Rowley, Randolph Wagener and Darren Benjamin, the West Ruimveldt giants will try to avoid the fate of the other high profile clubs as they aim to end their opponent’s participation in the event.
The feature contest will witness a developing rivalry when Fruta Conquerors tackle an emerging GFC unit at 19:00hrs.
No more the whipping the boys of yesteryear, the home side has impressed in the tourney following hard-fought wins over Uitvlugt Warriors and Den Amstel FC in the previous fixtures.
They will now attempt to seal their passage to uncharted territory and will need to another organized showing led by the likes of Keron Solomon, Delon Cadogan, Shad Fernandes, Calvin Shepherd and Kareem Knights, if they are to be successful.
On the other hand, the Tucville giants will have not impressed throughout the event, struggling during large parts before their emotional penalty shoot-out win over a formidable New Amsterdam United outfit.
With a berth in the final four on the line, Fruta Conquerors will have to rise to the occasion. They will require a much improved showing led by the seasoned duo of Delon Williams and Lennox Charles in conjunction with Jermaine Junior, Daniel Wilson, Sheldon Holder and Chris Camacho come kick off time.
Fruta Conquerors coach Calvin Allen in an invited comment said “Preparation been coming along smoothly, after the last game we gave the rest some. I think the younger players stepped to their task nicely and must make mention of Jamal Gibbs who had a good game”.
Allen further said “I expect us to come out and give a good account of ourselves.
Once we stick to our game plan, stick to the principles of defense, we will be fine. We know we have the attacking force to score goals but we have to come out stick to our defensive principles”.
Vurlon Mills, coach of the Bourda based side said “I think it will be competitive matchup between the two sides. Since I took over, Fruta have beaten us 1-0 in the first game and the second we drew with them, so I don’t think they will believe it’s a walkover.
“Preparation has been going fairly ok but it’s kind of unfair because all the games are being played at GFC and we have to sacrifice training hours for the tournament to be played.”
Winners 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 accolade.