Underdogs High Rollers reached new heights after claiming the scalp of defending champions Amelia’s Ward Russians in quarter-final action of the Linden segment of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Futsal Competition which continued on Thursday night at the Mackenzie Market Tarmac.
Played before another large gathering of fans, the Rollers coasted to a comfortable 3-0 triumph over favourites Russians to set up a semi-final date against Team 25 that is led by former national mid-field maestro Collie Hercules.
They were led to victory through strikes from Jamal Almons, who gave them the ideal start when he netted in the first minute of play after firing into the right corner of the goal.
Kendolph Lewis then stretched their advantage when he unleashed a powerful right-footer after eleven minutes to make it 2-0.
Almons returned two minutes later to put the result beyond doubt after booting in from the left side this time to invoke ecstatic celebrations among their supporters.
Earlier, Team 25 made it to the last four after inflicting a crushing 5-0 win over Magic Stars with Romain Adams lashing in a double in the 19th and 20th minutes, while Collie Hercules, Quacey Johnson and Ryan Noel converted solitary strike in the fourth, fifth and sixth minutes respectively.
In other quarter-final results: Wisroc edged Silver Bullets 2-0 on penalty kicks after regulation and extra time ended 2-2.
Deshawn Joseph gave Wisroc the lead in the first minute when he completed a counter attack with a clinical finish.
Omeion Wills then made it 2-0 after three minutes hitting into the empty goal, before Silver Bullets responded two minutes later through Damian Williams.
Nigel Bennett then gave Silver Bullets temporary reprieve when he netted the equaliser in the 13th minute to send the game into extra time.
Classic-6 sealed their berth after dispatching Hard-knocks 3-0. Colwyn Drakes registered a brace in the fourth and 19th minutes, while Shane Luckie added the other in the 20th minute.
In the other semi-final, Wisroc take on Classic-6 on Monday at the Amelia’s Ward Tarmac.
The winning team will pocket $400,000 and the championship trophy, while second, third and fourth placed finishers will receive $150,000, $75,000 and $50,000 respectively.