Pele FC secured its second win of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Stag Beer Elite League defeating Georgetown Football Club (GFC) 2-0 on Saturday at the No. #5 ground, Berbice.
Royan Morrison and Omallo Williams were on target in the 55th and 85th minutes respectively in front of a sizeable crowd.
The win took Pele to seven points and fourth position while GFC remains in seventh position on one point.
Although both sides had their fair share of chances in the opening exchanges, it was Pele who came the close to breaking the deadlock when Runnel Gordon was denied by the advancing goalkeeper in the 21st minute following a one-on-one situation.
Travis Grant was next to threaten the Bourda unit’s goal in the 43rd minute, racing into the right side of the box before unleashing a right foot strike, which was deflected out of play by the advancing keeper.
The resulting corner from the aforesaid attempt also saw Grant being thwarted as right footed strike from within the left of the box, was parried awkwardly by the keeper.
Upon the commencement of the second stanza, Konata Manning was denied in the 48th minute as his curling free kick from just outside the left of the box, was tipped over the crossbar.
The constant raids by Pele eventually brought forth the opener seven minutes later as Morrison rifled a right foot volley from the right of the box into the lower right corner, after collecting a right side cross.
Romario Welcome almost provided the equaliser for GFC in the 60th minute, turning and striking a right foot shot just over the crossbar from within the six yard area.
Omallo Williams should have doubled Pele’s lead in the 75th minute, sprinting past his marker to be in a one-on-one situation, only to lob his effort over the crossbar.
Similarly, Stephen Wilson had a glorious chance to grab the equaliser two minutes later, latching onto a deflection inside the six yard area following a left side free kick, surprisingly directing his first time effort over the crossbar.
Kelsey Benjamin too was guilty of wasting a great chance for GFC in the 82nd minute. Stealing the ball from the final defender, he stormed into the box and rounded the onrushing ‘keeper, only for the ball to roll out of play.
The score line was eventually sealed in the five minutes before the end of normal time as Williams slotted home unchallenged into the lower left corner, after a collecting a right side cross which evaded the onrushing grasp of the ‘keeper.
Williams nearly added to the contest in the dying seconds but was denied by the onrushing ‘keeper from the top of the box.
Meanwhile, Buxton United and Monedderlust played to a 1-1 draw. Seon Jackman gave the home side the lead in the 25th minute controlling the ball with his chest while racing into the centre of the box, before the thumping a right foot effort into the lower right corner.
The visitors, however, deservedly earned a point when Denver Dennis netted in sublime fashion in the 57th minute.
Awarded a free kick 22 yards from goal on the right side, Dennis unleashed a curling right foot strike which nestled into the right corner, evading the full stretch dive of the ‘keeper.
Buxton United are now on five points and in sixth position while the hosts are now on two points and remain in seventh position.
Action in the tournament is set to continue on Wednesday at the Tucville Community ground with another doubleheader. In the opening fixture at 18:00hrs, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will oppose GFC while Fruta Conquerors will tackle Pele in the feature contest at 20:30hrs.