A second half horror show in defence from Fruta Conquerors witnessed Slingerz FC recording an embarrassing 8-1 win when the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Stag Beer Elite League continued on Friday.
With the game evenly poised 1-1 entering the second period at the Leonora Sports Facility, the Tucville unit imploded as they conceded seven goals alongside two red cards in an abject and humiliating display for a side positioned second in the standings.
Moreso, the result was the worst loss in the history of the League, eclipsing the 7-1 thrashing of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) by Slingerz earlier in the event.
The rout commenced in the 47th minute as Julian Wade slipped between two centre-halves to latch onto loose ball before finishing past the advancing goalkeeper into the roof of the net.
Billed as a contest between the best two teams, it was a far cry from that in the second stanza as the Tucville unit conceded their first red card in the 57th minute with Rafael Edwards receiving his second bookable offence for a handball infraction.
Despite their handicap, Eon Alleyne had a great chance to level the contest in the 69th minute, latching onto a pass from Dwayne Lindie inside the box, only to be denied by the advancing goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.
It is from this point that the madness ensued as Domini Garnett scored seconds later, sliding his effort into the lower left corner from the centre of the box, after a right side evaded the backline.
An absolute howler led to the score climbing to 4-1 in the 76th minute as a tame right side cross was spilt by the custodian into the path of the unchallenged Wade, who made no mistake with a finish into the roof.
Coupled with the poor substitution choices, the discipline was simply missing from the Tucville unit as they conceded four more goals in as many minutes.
Wade grabbed his hat trick in the 85th minute as a poor back pass from the final defender forced the goalkeeper off his line to make a challenge outside the box, which fell into the path of forward who calmly lobbed the ball into the empty net.
The backline continued to part like the ‘red sea’ and seem disinterested as Wade sealed his fourth in the 86th minute, slotting home into the net after collecting a right side cross which evaded the makeshift backline.
The embarrassing score line ballooned once as Bobb sealed his double one minute later to equal the previous worst result, heading the ball into the back of the net after collecting a left sided cross inside the area.
Garnett then broke the record in the 89th minute with a finish down the centre of the net from inside the box, capping off a perfect period for the home side.
Fruta Conquerors was reduced to nine players in the dying seconds as Jermin Junior picked up his second yellow card and was given his marching orders.
Prior to the onslaught, Bobb opened the scoring in the 31st minute, pouncing on a loose ball inside the six yard area before stabbing into the lower left corner.
However Eon Alleyne equalised in the 45th+2 minute with a gem of a strike, rounding his marker before unleashing a thunderous strike into the roof of the net from inside the left of the box, after collecting a right side cross from Reshawn Sandiford.
Due to the result, Slingerz FC remain atop the standings on 34 points while Fruta Conquerors remain in the second position on 28 points.
Meanwhile in the opening fixture, Alpha United overcame a one goal deficit to defeat GDF 3-1. Falling behind to a Delroy Fraser penalty kick conversion in the 13th minute, Dwayne Lawrence levelled the proceedings in the 52nd minute with finish into the lower right corner, after the army failed to clear their lines.
Alpha United then grabbed the lead in the 68th minute as scored, lashing his effort into the roof of the net from inside the six yard area, after latching onto a loose ball following a goalmouth scramble from a left side corner kick.
Anthony Abrams sealed the come from behind result in the 79th minute with a finish into the right hand corner from the left side of the box.
With the result, Alpha United strengthened their grip on the third spot as they moved onto 24 points, seven points clear of the fourth placed Pele.
On the other hand, GDF remain in the fifth position on 14 points. Action in the event is slated to continue at the same venue today with another doubleheader.
In the opening fixture at 18:00hrs, GDF will oppose Monedderlust FC while Fruta Conquerors will oppose Georgetown Football Club (GFC) in the feature contest at 20:30hrs
Winner of the League Finale round will pocket $4,000,000 while the second, third and fourth place teams will collect $2,000,000, $1,000,000 and $500,000 respectively. Similarly, the point’s leader prior to the knockout stage will pocket an additional $1,000,000.
The season champion will then be crowned when the winner of the League Genesis and League Finale respectively faceoff in a single matchup. That winner will then earn an automatic berth at the CFU level.
If the winner of the League Genesis and League Finale rounds are the same team, they will earn the automatic CFU spot, with the second berth going to the team with the most accumulated points in both rounds non-inclusive of the eventual season champion.