Botofago crowned Upper Demerara football champs

Botofago was crowned the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA)/GT Beer Football Champion, routing tournament favourite Net-rockers 4-1 in the finale on Monday at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground, Linden.

In what can be described as a lopsided finale, Botofago, who earned their berth to the championship match at the expense of dethroned champion Silver Shattas, romped to the title in clinical fashion, led by doubles from Donovan Francis and 16- year-old Shane Haynes.

The burly Francis, who was eventually adjudged the event’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), commenced the rout compliments of a 10th -minute conversion, as he lashed his effort into the back of the net, following a goal mouth scrimmage. 

The precocious Haynes quickly doubled their lead two minutes onward, racing away from the backline following a through pass, before rifling his effort past the goalkeeper.

With a commanding 2-0 lead at their disposal following the end of the first half, Botofago extended their dominance in the 61st minute, as Francis made his presence felt once more.

Botofago continued their dominant display, as Haynes tallied his second of the night in almost identical fashion, finishing past the goalkeeper from inside the penalty box, after racing onto another through pass.

Shackled for the majority of the clash, Shane Luckie recorded a consolation goal in the 78th minute.

Botofago earned $1,200,000 and the winner’s trophy.

Net-rockers walked away with $600,000 and the runner-up title.

Meanwhile, Eagles squeaked past Silver Shattas 2-1 in the earlier third place playoff. Kendolph Lewis recorded a double in the 60th and 91st minute [extra time] to secure the result.

On target in the loss was Dexter Garraway in the fifth minute.

With the win, Eagles received $300,000 and the respective trophy, while the loser walked away with $150,000 and the fourth place accolade.

Complete Results


Botofago-4 vs Net-rockers-1

Botofago Scorers

Donovan Francis-10th and 61st

Shane Haynes-12th and 72nd

Net-rockers Scorer

Shane Luckie-78th

3rd Place

Eagles-2 vs Silver Shattas-1

Eagles Scorer

Kendolph Lewis-60th and 91st

Silver Scorer

Dexter Garrway-5th

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