IT was pandemonium at the Beausejour Indoor Practice Facility on Friday evening in the 2018 Inter Commercial House Futsal semifinal round, as the loud shouts and screams could have been heard in the distance.
With a combined crowd of close to 450 supporters from the various business houses and persons who just came in to take in the showpiece in attendance — the tournament favourites WASCO and Peter and Company Distributors (PCD) — booked their tickets to the finals slated for Saturday 19th May at the same venue, as both teams had contrasting wins.
In Semifinal No.1 — a game that can be described as entertaining from the very first whistle to the last — WASCO held their nerves to defeat newcomers Bel Jou 2-1 in a penalty shootout after the scores were locked at 6-6 following regulation and 10 minutes of extra time.
Richard Annius scored a beaver trick for WASCO in the 3rd, 10th, 38th and 42nd minutes to take his tally of goals to 8 in the tournament. Also on the score sheet was Valdez Maximin, with goals in the 19th and 35th minute of play.
For Bel Jou, Trevone St. Prix was good on the night for his team with a hat-trick in the 15th, 25th and 30th minutes, taking his tally to 6 goals in the tournament. The versatile Romel Felix scored in the 4th and 24th minute and Dean La Force scored on the stroke of regulation time, the 40th minute.
In the penalty shootout, the experienced Romel Felix took charge of the uprights for Bel Jou, but that did not deter the WASCO team, as they came out victorious 2-1 despite a save from Romel.
In the final game of the evening, Peter and Company Distribution (PCD) drubbed Scotia Bank 9-2 to secure their semifinal spot.
Javier Charlouis continued his good run on form scoring a hat-trick — the third of the night — Ja in the 31st, 32nd and 35th minutes. The other goal-scorers were Dijon Joseph in the 37th and 39th minutes, JhoshwaProspere in the 6th and 40th minutes, Wilson Charlemagne in the 19th minute and SelenceBarthelmy in the 33rd minute.
The lone goal-scorer for Scotia Bank was Niale Alexander in the 11th and 17th minutes.
Scotia Bank led 2 -1 after Niale second goal, but Wilson Charlemange equalized for PCD in the 19th minute.
The half-time score was 2-2 and at that point the crowd thought this one would have gone down to the wire like the first game. But on the resumption of play following the break, PCD shifted into high gear, as they went on to unleash their fury on the bankers.
The stage is now set for the finals of the Inter-Commercial League Futsal competition between WASCO and PCD, scheduled for this coming Saturday 19th May at the Beausejour Indoor Facility.
The third-place play between Bel Jou and Scotia Bank will take place from 6:30 p.m., while the finals are scheduled for 8:30p.m. between WASCO and PCD.
In the Legends competition, Lazy Lagoon registered their first win of the tournament as they defeated Behind the College All-Stars 5-4 in a thriller.
For Lazy Lagoon, the goal-scorers were: Gary Devaux 18th, Ben Gilmore 28th, Philbert Francis 29th, Jerome St. Omer 30th and WadiZakhiur in the 37th minutes, respectively.
For BTC, the first-half goal scorers were Marcus Toussaint 5th and 7th and Neil Alfred 16th.
BTC led 3-1 at the half-time whistle and on the resumption Wayne Quinlan made it 4-1 in the 22nd minute — and from here on it was all Lazy Lagoon, with added support coming from Compre FC players on the sidelines.
The finals will played between Toughest FC and Compre FC and will also take place on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.