GFF/KFC U20 Independence KO Cup – East Bank FA
Timehri Panthers snatch titleLED by the tournament’s highest goalscorer Tyrone Burnett who fired in a hat-trick, Timehri Panthers lifted the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) leg of the GFF/KFC Under-20 Independence Knock-out Cup yesterday.The side won with a comfortable 4-1 margin over Soesdyke Falcons in the final.Burnett, who ended the tournament with six goals, teamed up with Shawn Steele who hit in the other goal to guide their club to victory. In the process they became the first team to advance to the National Playoffs which would feature the nine winners from GFF’s Regional Members Associations.After posting the first win of the tournament via penalty kicks against Agricola Red Triangle on April 26 last, Panthers grew in confidence with every game by putting on dominating performances under the guidance of coach Delon Williams and his technical staff.Yesterday, the young Panthers wasted little time in stamping their authority against neighbours Soesdyke. In fact, Burnett came against his former team and by the 6th minute he had already put one past the goalkeeper to signal their intentions.Tyrone Burnett (left) and Shawn Steele are Timehri Panthers FC goalscorers.Shawn Steele, who ended the tournament with three goals, inked his name on the score sheet in the 34th minute to further cement his side’s hold on the game.The halftime break came with the Panthers further consolidating, Burnett slamming in his second in the 41st minute.Timehri Panthers’ comfortable position at the break meant that it would have required a herculean task from Falcons to pull themselves back into contention. Even their most potent forward and captain Tyrone Khan could not counter the sturdy backline of the Panthers as he was kept quiet throughout the match.Six minutes into the second half, Burnett netted his third goal of the match and sixth of the tournament which virtually ended the battle. The scoreline could have been more were it not for Ishmael Pulsaram missing a few clear chances, when he put the ball wide of the uprights.Soesdyke were able to score a consolation goal in the 91st minute, thanks to Cledwin Williams’ effort.The champs, based on the tournament rules, have the option of strengthening up their line-up for the National Playoffs by adding three players from within the association.GFF president Wayne Forde witnessed the match and offered words of congratulations to Timehri Panthers on their win. Forde also thanked KFC for coming on board with sponsorship.