UWI Futsal team secures Guinness Street Football final spot
Beaten Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finalists UWI Mona FC are hoping to create history with their futsal team which earned a coveted spot in the National Finals of the Guinness Street Football Competition (GSFC) at the weekend.
Having had an impressive run in the 2015/2016 RSPL season, it was not surprising that UWI Mona FC would produce a futsal team that dismissed Knox College 3-1 at the GSFC Parish Finals for Kingston and St. Andrew on Saturday.
"Our participation in RSPL really helped to develop the team. We started out not doing so well but as we advanced, we found our footing and made it to the semi-finals," said team captain, Akeem Thenstead.
The futsal team is made up of second year students who have been playing the Inter-Collegiate League for two years. They attribute their on-court synergy to what they describe as a close family bond.
"We're happy to be heading to the finals and we're confident we can win," Thenstead added.
The UWI captain will have to get past Kingston champions Street People who brought their A game and proved they were made of more as the teams battled for supremacy. With the picturesque Kingston Waterfront as a backdrop, Street People dealt a crippling 5-1 blow to opponents Legendary Strikers who delivered a less than legendary performance.
In addition to the top spot for Kingston, Street People also walked away with the Golden Boot Award after Marvin Stewart stunned the crowd with an impressive nine goals.
"We are overwhelmed by the win and look forward to the national finals. We really want to take home the title and walk away champions" said Stewart.
Those finals, scheduled for Sunday will be hotly contested if the calibre of the St. Andrew champions Bryce Hill is anything to go by. They advanced to the marquee event by beating Team Papine five goals to three.
The finals will be held in the heart of Half-Way-Tree. Teams will get to play for hundreds of thousands in prize money and an all-expenses paid trip to the regional finals in St Lucia this summer.