Georgetown solidified their status as the premier Guinness Greatest of the Streets Conference clinching five of out a possible six elimination victories when the National Championship commenced on Friday at the Pouderoyen Tarmac.
Sparta Boss, West Front Road-Gold is Money, Globe Yard, Leopold Street and North Ruimveldt secured opening night victories for the Garden City in front of a mammoth crowd. On the other hand, the lone disappointment for Georgetown was Festival City Warriors.
In the sixth matchup of the night, Sparta Boss sealed its berth to the next round with a 6-0 thumping of West Demerara unit Patentia Street Ballers. Sheldon Shepherd opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a simple finish down the centre of the net after collecting a pass from the left side.
He would make it 2-0 two minutes later, slotting the ball home past the last defender into the back of the net, after collecting another left sided pass from Devon Millington.
The score line would then increase once more as Jerome Richardson scored in the 10th minute, slotting home into the net following a left sided Shepherd pass. Millington would then get into the scoring act in the 16th minute, slotting his right footed effort down the centre of the net.
Roberto Osbourne added to the score in the 19th minute, lashing his right footed strike into the lower left hand corner, from the centre of the field while Dennis Edwards would seal the win one minute later, re-directing an initial Millington effort from the left of the box, into the net.
Leopold Street overcame East Coast of Demerara side Nabaclis 2-1. Falling behind owing to Rickford Morrison’s first minute effort, Leopold Street would level the score line three minutes later as Akeem Rajkumar scored, finishing past final defender following a one-on-one opportunity.
Leopold Street would then seal the come-from-behind win in the 17th minute compliments of a Dellon David right-sided finish into the back of the net, following a cross from the left flank.
Also sealing a place to the second round was West Front Road-Gold is Money who dismantled Berbice champs Manchester Boys 6-0. Michael Oie recorded a double in the second and fifth minutes while Darren Bakunin netted a double in the 23rd and 24th minutes respectively.
Completing the result were Randolph Wagner and Michael Oie who netted in the 20th and 27th minutes respectively.
In other results, Showstoppers edged Beterverwagting (BV)-A 1-0 compliments of an Anthony Sancho effort in the 17th minute while Melanie-B edged Festival City Warriors 2-1 on sudden death kicks after normal time ended 1-1.
Ryan Seales scored in the win in the 16th minute while Daniel Favourite scored in the loss in the 23rd minute. The third fixture of the night saw Berbice unit Unruly Gang dismantling West Side Ballers 4-0.
Delroy Ferdinand led the winners with a double in the sixth and ninth minutes while Kevin Joseph and Lee DePollitter scored in the 13th and 27th minutes respectively.
In the tourney opener, Georgetown champs North Ruimveldt dismissed Linden unit Wisroc 4-1. Rickford Jones netted a double in the fourth and seventh minutes while Grant scored a double in the 16th and 17 minutes.
Netting in the loss was Omeion Wills in the 26th minute. In the sixth fixture, Globe Yard downed Linden champs Amelia Ward Russians 1-0. Leon Roberts separated the two sides with a 22nd minute strike.
The eight remaining teams will advance to the group stage of the event, where each team will play two matches. The top two finishers from each group will advance to the semi-final round.