A new champion will be crowned in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Bartica championships after BLB Squad dethroned the defending champions River View 1-0 Saturday at the Bartica Community Centre Tarmac.
Witnessed by a mammoth crowd, the unlikely quarter-final result was decided by Jade Huggins, who found the back of the net in the 10th minute.
Huggins settled the contest with a powerful strike down the centre of the net, after latching onto a pass in the centre of the field.
Also, in the battle of the monarchies, Almanac Kings crushed Street Kings by a 3-0 score line.
Final defender Manmohan Sukhnandan opened the scoring in the seventh minute, lobbing an effort from his half over the head of his opposing number and into the back of the net. The contest was sealed in the 18th minute when Mario Perreira notched a Guinness Goal (GG)-(A goal scored in the final three minutes of the match counts as two), in the 18th minute, placing his effort into the centre of the net, from the right side of the field.
In another fixture the Disconnection Crew `disconnected’ Jones Avenue 2-1.
However, Ryan Andries equalised three minutes later, slotting home from the left side, after collecting a right side cross.
The win was sealed in the 15th minute when Elcio Oliveira scored, stabbing home from the right side of the box while
Goal-Raiders edged Potaro Strikers 1-0. Brian Browne netted in the fourth minute.
In the final two round of 16 matches, Disconnection Crew arrested Police 9-1 while Jones Avenue downed Times Square 5-1.
The winner of the tournament will pocket $350,000 and the championship trophy. They will also earn the right to represent the zone at the National Championship starting July 27th.
The losing finalist will receive $200,000 and the respective accolade, while the third and fourth place finisher pockets $100,000 and $75,000 respectively and a trophy.