History was created on Friday when Showstoppers secured their third consecutive Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ West Demerara/East Bank Demerara zone title humbling ESPN 3-0 at the Pouderoyen Tarmac.
Despite the slippery surface it was a clinical performance from the home side in front of a massive partisan crowd. Marvin Josiah opened the scoring in the eighth minute, slotting home following a two-on-one situation.
Pernell Schultz almost leveled proceedings in the 16th minute, unleashing a powerful right side strike, which crashed onto the woodwork.
However, Josiah made his presence felt once more, slotting into the right corner in the 18th minute. The match was then put to bed in the 21st minute when Dexroy Adams blasted a right foot effort into the right corner.
With the result, Showstoppers received $400,000 and the championship trophy while the losing finalist copped $200,000 and the respective trophy. Both teams qualified for the national playoffs.
In the third place playoff, West Side Ballers defeated Dream Team 2-0 on penalty kicks after the match ended 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time.
Prince Gilkes handed West Side Ballers the lead in the 14th minute while an own goal in the 15th minute gave Dream Team the equaliser.
West Side Ballers walked away with $100,000 and a trophy while Dream Team pocketed $50,000 and the respective accolade.
In the Guinness Plate finale, Ballers Empire defeated Rising Stars 1-0 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time ended scoreless.
With the result, Ballers Empire walked away with $60,000. In the earlier semi-final fixtures, Ballers Empire defeated Hustlers via walkover, while Rising Stars crushed Boom-Bang 4-1.
Guinness Goal-2 Goals
Showstoppers-3 vs ESPN-0
Marvin Josiah-8th and 18th
West Side Ballers-1 vs Dream Team-1
West Side won 2-0 on penalty kicks
West Side Scorer
Dream Team Scorer
Guinness Plate Final
Rising Stars-0 vs Ballers Empire-0
Ballers Empire won 1-0 on penalty kicks
Guinness Plate Semifinal
Boom-Bang-1 vs Rising Stars-4
Ballers Empire vs Hustlers
Ballers Empire won via walkover