Defending champion Ol Skool Ballers upset Sparta Boss, while Tiger Bay, Back Circle, Alexander Village and Broad Street secured wins over East Coast Demerara teams, when the Second Guinness Cage Street-ball Championship commenced on Wednesday.
Despite the mammoth crowd support at the Haslington Tarmac, it was a night to forget for the East Coast Demerara teams, as the invading Georgetown sides secured vital opening night wins.
In one of the rare all Georgetown match-ups, Ol Skool Ballers edged Sparta Boss 1-0. Sheldon Profitt scored in the 11th minute.
However, it was the Georgetown versus East Coast Demerara engagements that captivated the crowd who cheered staunchly for their respective villagers.
Much to the disappointment of the viewers who made their opinions known, it was a night of victories for the Georgetown teams.
Tiger Bay was dominant on the night, mauling Victoria Church Yard 6-0. The prolific Deon Alfred recorded a helmet trick in the second, fourth, ninth and 10th minute. He was supported by goals from Keoma Gravesande and Leon Fredericks in the sixth and seventh minute.
Similarly, Back Circle crushed Plaisance 4-0. Jermaine Beckles tallied a double in the third and 14th minute, while Selwyn Williams and Dellon Kelly scored in the 12th and 13th minute, respectively.
Meanwhile, Alexander Village overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat host Haslington Hypers 6-2. Shaka Jones fashioned a double in the fifth and 10th minute, while Shem Porter added a brace in the ninth and 12th minute and Leon Yaw scored twice in the seventh and 13th minute.
For the loser, Rodwell Sandy and Steffon Bailey scored in the second and third minute respectively.
In a ding dong encounter Broad Street battled past Paradise 3-2. Jamal Cozier bagged a double in the sixth and 12th minute, while Jimmy Gravesande scored in the 13th minute. For the loser, Tyreek Cummings and Emmanuel Sandy scored in the 10th and 11th minute, respectively.
The tournament will continue on Wednesday 15th at the same venue with the second round of group matches.
The complete results for the opening night are as follows:
Win in Normal Time-3 points
Win on Penalty Kicks-2 points
Hustler-2 vs vs Blazers-1
Melanie-B-1 vs Belfield Warriors-1
Belfield won 1-0 on penalty kicks
Leopold Street-1 vs Avocado Ballers-1
Leopold won 2-1 on penalty kicks
Broad Street-3 vs Paradise-2
Jamal Cozier 6th and 12th
Victoria Eagles-2 vs Melanie-A-0
Albouystown-1 vs North East
Ol Skool Ballers-1 vs Sparta Boss-0
Tigerbay-6 vs Victoria Church Yard-0
Deon Alfred-2nd, 4th, 9th and 10th
BV-B-1 vs Buxton Diamond-0
Back Circle-4 vs Plaisance-A-0
Jermaine Beckles-3rd and 14th
Uprising-0 vs Vryheid’s Lust-1
Alexander Village-6 vs
Shaka Jones-5th and 10th
Shem Porter-9th and 12th
Leon Yaw-7th and 13th