Three different players were on target to earn Big Yard a 3-1 triumph over rivals 13 Posse in the Stanley Gomez Knockout final of the 2019 BPTT Carenage All-Star Football competition at the Haig Street Recreation Ground, Carenage on Wednesday night.
Kadeem Hutchinson put Big Yard ahead in the $12,000 final, but Josimar Belgrave drew 13 Posse level.
Former national youth player Che Benny then restored Big Yard's narrow lead before Glen Walker fired in the third item to seal the victory and the $7,000 first prize, while 13 Posse earned themselves $5,000 for the second spot.
In the semifinals on Sunday last, Benny scored the lone goal to earn Big Yard a 1-0 win over T&T Defence Force 1st Engineering Battalion while Josimar Belgrave, his brother Elijah Belgrave and Levi Serries were all on target for 13 Posse a 3-2 win over Emerald FC.
Sterling O’Brien and Ricardo Bennett got a goal each in the loss for Emerald.
When the two quarterfinal matches contested 13 Posse held off Mt Pleasant 4-3, and Emerald FC got the better of One United 7-6 on sudden-death penalty-kicks after a 1-1 full-time score.
A week earlier when the knockout began there was no shortage of goals as Big Yard, Emerald FC, 13 Posse and T&T Defence Force 1st Engineering Battalion won their matches.
On Wednesday, Emerald FC trounced Carenage Role Models 3-0, 13 Posse spanked Razor Edge 5-1, Big Yard pounded Green Pastures 8-0 and 1st Engineering Battalion silenced Scorpion FC 3-1.
Tonight (Saturday, October 5), Scorpion FC and 1st Engineering Battalion will do battle in the $23,000 ‘Big-Eight’ League final from 7 pm with $15,000 on offer for the champions, and $8,000 for the second.
Earlier this month in the semifinals, Scorpion used a double from Tyrone Charles, and one from Shaquille Long to get past One United 3-2, with Corneal Thomas and Jameel Neptune on target for the latter while Kevin Caprieta netted the lone item to earn 1st Engineering Battalion a 1-0 triumph against Emerald FC. One United defeated Emerald 2-0 for third place in the league.