Team 25 crowned champs

— Linden’s Guinness Greatest of the Streets

Team 25 was crowned Linden’s Guinness of the Streets champions after edging Wismar’s Wisroc 2-1 Tuesday at the Mackenzie Market Tarmac.

With wet conditions underfoot and in front of a large gathering, Collie Hercules and Kenard Tyrell decided the outcome with goals in the third and 31st minute respectively.

On target in the loss was Orandy Wills in the 39th minute.

Captain of Team 25 Ryan Noel receiving the Championship trophy from Linden manager Shondel Easton following their hard-fought win over Wisroc in the final.
Captain of Team 25 Ryan Noel receiving the Championship trophy from Linden manager Shondel Easton following their hard-fought win over Wisroc in the final.

Team 25 won $400,000 and a trophy while Wisroc received $150,000 and a trophy also.

While it was far from a classic matchup due to the prevailing conditions, Team 25 grabbed the lead when Hercules scored under fortuitous circumstances.

Receiving the ball on the right side of the field, the veteran sharpshooter lashed a powerful strike which was deflected into the net by the final defender in his attempt to clear the ball.

Mark McLean almost restored parity to the proceedings in the 12th minute, unleashing a powerful strike from the right side which crashed into the right upright.

The cagey nature of the contest continued in the second period as both sides attempted to strengthen their positions.

Eventually it was Team 25 that did just that 11 minutes into the second half when Tyrell scored.

Racing down the right flank following a two-on-one situation during a counterattack, Tyrell made no mistake placing his first-time right foot strike into the roof of the goal, after collecting a pass from Hercules on the left side.

A tense finish in the final minutes was created when Wisroc scored in the 39th minute through Wills who slotted home from the center after a left side cross evaded the backline and found the forward unchallenged on the right side.

Team 25 held their nerve in the final moments to secure their inaugural title.

In the third place playoff, Classic-6 steamrolled High Rollers 5-1 earning $100,000 and a trophy while High Rollers received $75,000 and the respective trophy.

Yannick Cornett won a Guinness brand cooler in the draw held before the final commenced.

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