A new champion will be crowned in the Turbo Energy Drink Football Championship, as holder Camptown lost 8-7 on sudden death penalty kicks to Georgetown Football Club [GFC] yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.
Locked 2-2 at the end of the regulation and extra time intervals, both teams were unable to be separated, as the initial round ended 5-5. The contest continued in the same vein in the sudden death realm, as both teams scored consecutive attempts to take the score to 7-7. GFC maintained their streak from the mark to take an 8-7 lead. Needing to convert to keep their hopes alive of progression to the next round, Camptown sealed their own exit, as their eighth attempt was denied the goal-keeper.
Prior to the dramatic conclusion, the Bourda based GFC unit took the lead in the 21st minute, as Lavaughn Ennis slotted into the back of the net, after racing onto a through pass.
However, the Campbellville unit would equalise in the 33rd minute through Adrian Aaron, who uncorked a powerful flat strike into the lower left corner, after receiving a pass from Devon Forde inside the right of the penalty box.
With the score remaining unchanged heading into the halftime interval, Camptown snatched the unlikely lead in the 82nd minute, as Jamal Codrington found the back of the net from a penalty kick.
The spot-kick was awarded following a hand-ball infraction, with the forward thumping his strike into the lower left corner.
It was his second attempt from the mark, after the GFC custodian was penalized for illegally leaving the goal-line before the ball was struck, in the process saving the effort.
However, GFC forced the matchup into the extra time realm, as Ennis made his presence felt once more in the 86th minute.
It was a timely strike from the ever improving Ennis, who bundled the ball into the back of the net, after racing ahead of his marker to latch onto a right sided cross inside the centre of the six yard area.
Meanwhile, Mahaica Determinators edged Pouderoyen FC 1-0. A 111th minute strike sealed the outcome for the East Coast Demerara outfit, after regulation time ended scoreless.