UDFA Super Cup Inter-Association football

first_imgEssequibo hammer East Bank 5-1, Upper Demerara knock out East Coast 3-1By Joe ChapmanEXCELLENT finishing by a running Essequibo/Pomeroon side enabled them to eliminate East Bank 5-1 to join unbeaten Upper Demerara into the semifinals of the inaugural GT Beer $M ‘Sunday Night Super Cup’ Inter-Association football championship, being staged by the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Playing in the first game of the night on Sunday, Essequibo, after a loss and a draw, endured their place in the final four in a second-half blitz that saw them nail five goals past their opponents East Bank, whose only reprieve came in the 90th minute when Winston Rollins pulled one back, after a 5-0 lopsided score seemed the only outcome.Five minutes into the second half after a goal-less first stanza, Michael Hendricks was brought down in the box and defender Osman Henry stepped up to give his team from Essequibo the lead. Hendricks would then get into the act of scoring when he collected a past from Odel Hubert and slammed in goal number two for his side in the 59th minute.As they maintained the pressure on their East Bank rivals, a Sheldon Pitt shot was cleared only to see Devin Romeo collect and finish with a goal of his own for a 3-0 advantage in the 71st minute.As East Bank failed to find answers to their opponents’ onslaught, Essequibo/Pomeroon increased the lead through Sheldon Pitt who collected a good ball from the left wing to nudge in goal number four in the 82nd minute.This score increased when Romeo came back to latch on to a cross which came from the right flank and with a crisp volley found the back of the net in the 88th minute, as they celebrated their rampage before that solitary strike from Rollins on the stroke of play.In the second game, home team Upper Demerara romped past East Coast 3-1 as they netted goal number one in the 15th minute through a strike by Jashawn Moore, but by the end of the first quarter Malcolm Wilson levelled the score with a strike in the 37th minute for the East Coast side.However, from that 1-1 score Upper Demerara regained the lead, as Shane Luckie was there to bang in the second goal from close-in, in the 57th minute. As the hosts gained the momentum they increased that advantage through the in-form Kellon Primo in the 73rd minute to a 3-1 score-line which remained to the final whistle.That allowed Upper Demerara to reach the final four as the top side from Group A after three wins for nine points. Essequibo/Pomeroon joined them as the second team from their group play with one win, one loss and one draw, leaving out East Coast who had two losses and one draw for one point and East Bank with one win and two losses for three points.last_img

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