Street People take Kingston title in LIME Street Football Challenge
STREET People took home $100,000 and the title of Kingston parish champions after clipping Gallistic Strikers 2-1 in the final of the LIME Street Football Challenge at the National Stadium Basketball court on Saturday.
The team mixed with youth and experience confirmed their place as the 14th team to advance to the National Championship round where they will be vying for a chance to represent Jamaica at the Guinness Regional Football Challenge in Trinidad & Tobago, and $1 million inclusive of an all-expense paid trip to the tournament in June.
After mauling opponents in the first and second rounds of the one-day competition, Street People, along with Norman Gardens, Common Sense and Gallistic Strikers all progressed to the semi-finals.
Street People and Norman Gardens locked horns in the first semi-final match-up which was highlighted by a brace from Odaenny Black, who netted in the fifth and 18th minutes in leading Street People to an exciting 4-2 victory. The other goals came in the 20th and 30th minutes through Nicholas Tucker and Andre Reid, while Clive Brown and Michael Smith were the goalscorers for the Norman Gardens team.
Duvaughn Johnson with a hat-trick in the 27th, 29th, and 30th minutes turned the second semi-final into a stroll in the park for Gallistic Strikers, who clobbered Common Sense 7-1.
Andre McFarlane scored a brace in the 12th and 21st minutes, with Seawayne Artherton (25th) and Fabian Welsh (30th) getting the other goals. Ryan Smith got the consolation for Common Sense.
The LIME dancers graced those in attendance with their presence as they kept the entertainment going leading up to the mouth-watering final. The teams were led to the field shortly after and greeted by the respective parties.
Odaenny Black ensured that the fans were not bored when he found the net in the fifth minute to put Street People in the driver's seat. Nicholas Tucker then placed the trophy in the hands of Street People when he made it 2-0 in the 11th minute.
Gallistic Strikers came roaring back when Andre McFarlane kept them in the game in the 13th minute to make it 2-1. The teams failed to capitalise on their respective chances and so the scoreline remained at the end of the game.
Nicholas Tucker was named leading goalscorer for his nine goals on the day.