ST GEORGE’S, November 25, 2016 – Four Premier League teams will be battling for a spot in the final of the 2016 WaggyT Super Knockout Football Tournament when the semi-finals are played this weekend.
In what could also be a repeat of last year’s finals, the semi-finalists are Mt Cinnamon Hurricanes, River Sallee Cooperative Credit Union Hard Rock, Sandals Queens Park Rangers and Spice Isle International Auto Rentals Paradise FC.
The stakes are enormous when the focus will be at the Grenville Recreation Ground on Saturday evening for the double-header in the Big Parish.
Hurricanes and Hard Rock lock horns in the first game at 7:00 p.m. while Queens Park Rangers take the challenge to the defending champions Paradise in the late encounter starting at 9:00 p.m.
Hurricanes were convincing in their march to the semi-finals with a 5-1 victory over Police last weekend at the National Stadium.
Shawn Hutchinson equalised for Police in the 18th minute after national player Moron Phillip gave Hurricanes the lead four minutes earlier. But Phillip added goals on the stroke of halftime and in the 75th minute before Kyle Joseph scored a brace in the 80th and 89th minutes.
Hard Rock also was also impressive against Spice Boys with Denron Daniel hitting a hat-trick for the St Patrick’s team.
Daniel opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, with Hani Nasir levelling the scores in the 29th minute. But Kimron Redhead and Daniel extended the lead with goals in the 37th, 51st and 82nd minutes respectively.
In the process, Daniel became the tournament’s leading scorer this year with seven goals and only the second player in the history of the tournament to score back-to-back hat-tricks. Incidentally, Redhead was the first when he scored four consecutive hat-tricks in the 2013 season and eventually crowned the top scorer with 14 goals.
QPR, led by Trevon Williams (59th), Junior Cyrus (65th) and Jonathan Williams (71st), defeated Ball Dogs 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals where they will meet Paradise who also eliminated Patriots 3-0. Jake Rennie scored in the 71st and 88th minutes to add to Saydrel Lewis’ 19th minute strike in the first half.
The winners of Saturday’s semi-finals will be meet in the final at the National Stadium on Saturday December 3. The losers will play in the third-place playoff.