Sparta Boss edge Future Stars to reach Futsal semis

Sparta Boss will oppose Albouystown while Tucville will tackle Sophia in today’s semi-finals of the Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship at the National Gymnasium, following quarterfinal wins on Tuesday.

In front of a mammoth crowd, Sparta Boss overcame the emerging force of Future Stars 3-2.

Devon Millington provided the perfect start for Sparta Boss in the fourth minute, latching onto a lobbed pass from the left side, before finishing into left corner, from the right of the shooting arc.

Delon Williams (left) of Tucville battling with Back Circle’s Jermaine Beckles during their quarterfinal fixture in the Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Futsal Championships at the National Gymnasium. Orlando Charles photo)

However, Future Stars equalized two minutes later when Jeremy Garrett scored, placing a right foot shot into the lower left hand corner, after racing onto a pass from the centre of the field. Ralph Parris then spurned a great chance to hand Future Stars the lead in the 11th minute, firing his effort wide of the empty net, after an initial shot from Keron Solomon was parried into his path inside the area by the goalkeeper.

Future Stars lived to rue the aforesaid miss with Sheldon Shepherd adding is name to the scorer’s sheet in the 17th of the second half for Sparta Boss.

Racing onto a pass down the right side of the playing area from Millington during a two-on-one situation, the versatile Shepherd blasted his right foot effort into the right side of the net.

Future Stars refused to go down without a fight and subsequently levelled proceedings in the 26th minute via Keron Solomon who blasted down the centre of the net, after an earlier strike was deflected by the custodian into his path.

Sparta Boss duly clinched their place in the semi-finals through Eusi Phillips, who unleashed a flat first time strike from the centre of the field into the lower right corner.

Eusi Phillips (centre) of Sparta Boss receiving a pass while being pursued by Jamal Cozier of Future Stars during their quarterfinal clash at the National Gymnasium in the Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Futsal Championships.

Sparta Boss will meet ‘dark-horse’ Albouystown following their 2-1 upset victory over Broad Street.

Roy Cassou and Marlon Nedd scored in the eighth and 12th minute respectively for Albouystown while Samuel Hunte netted in the fifth minute for Broad Street.

Tucville too sealed their berth in the final four after whipping crowd favorite Back Circle 6-3.

Jermaine Junior bagged a brace in the 25th and 28th minute for the winners while Delon Williams, Jahaal Greaves, Tefon Daly and Ryan Hackett scored in the third, fourth, 17th and 27th minute respectively.

For Back Circle, Selwyn Williams, Curtez Kellman and Jermaine Beckles netted in the 10th, 21st and 26th minute respectively.

With the win, Tucville set up a rematch from the earlier group round with Sophia after the later made light work of Bent Street 4-1. Desmond Cottam recorded a double in the fifth and 17th minute, while Omallo Williams tallied his brace in the 28th and 30th minute.

Orandel Williams (sibling) scored for Bent Street in the 25th minute. The tournament’s final is set for Saturday at the same venue.

Winner of the event will pocket $500,000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runners-up will receive $200,000 and the respective accolade.

The third and fourth place finisher will pocket $100,000 and the $50,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. On the individual side, $50,000 will be awarded to the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Other sponsors of the event include Fas Grafix, Jefford’s Distribution and Sales, Giftland Distribution Store, Trophy Stall and FARMSUP Mining Investments Inc.

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