By Treiston Joseph
In front of a moderate crowd, Slingerz FC celebrated their 2-nil win over Alpha United when the 25th edition of the Kashif and Shanghai Football Tournament concluded on Sunday evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Slingerz came out the more positive of the two teams and quickly asserted themselves as the aggressors of the game with a few early chances that were either kept out or narrowly missed the goal, while Alpha struggled to string their passes together.
However, the first half ended in a stalemate with the two teams locked at nil all.
The second half had much more fireworks as Devon Millington showcased his footwork before letting loose a shot that rocked the right hand corner of the net to send the crowd into a frenzy in the 56th minute.
Alpha in a last-ditch effort to equalise sent all 11 men forward for a corner in the final minutes of the game.
However, the missed opportunity only resulted in a counter attack by Slingerz as Alpha’s custodian was unable to reach back to his post which allowed Millington to take aim at an empty goal to register Slingerz’s game sealer in the 90th (+4) minute.
Slingerz FC are now $2,000,000 richer after the win on Sunday.
Meanwhile in the third-place playoff, Pele FC defeated Riddim Squad 2-1. Pele scored early through Konata Manning in the 18th minute before Beshawn Sandiford equalised for Riddim Squad in the 42nd minute to end the half 1-1.
Both teams searched for the winner until the 88th minute when Manning struck again to win the game for Pele.
The presentation of prizes will take place on a date yet to be announced by the organisers.