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Espada, Rovers DI to play in Bank of Guam GFA Cup final

A 4-2 victory by Table 35/Fuji Ichiban Espada FC over Guam Shipyard in a semifinal match of the Bank of Guam 7th Annual GFA Cup was enough to book a ticket to the championship match of the annual tournament for the second consecutive year.

Espada, looking to avenge its 2013 loss, again is matched up against the top team from the Budweiser Soccer League, except this year, the Rovers DI will be attacking its goal. The Rovers DI eliminated the Southern Cobras with a 5-1 win in the tournament’s other semifinal match to set up the final with Espada. The Cobras had earlier defeated 2013 champions Quality Distributors FC in the quarterfinals.

Statistically, the Rovers DI have the upper hand over the two-time finalist, winning three out of four fixtures during the 2013-2014 season, outscoring Espada 16-6.

Espada, however, already has defied statistical odds with its victory over Guam Shipyard in the tournament. In four BSL fixtures in the 2013-2014 season, Espada lost twice and drew twice to its GFA Cup semifinal opponent.

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Bank of Guam GFA Cup kicks off with Round 1 matches

Hyundai Family FC, IT&E/IP&E, and FC Beercelona all live to see another match in the Bank of Guam 7th Annual GFA Cup after posting first-round victories in the single-elimination tournament at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Hyundai Family, the first team to earn its spot in Round 2, needed over two hours to defeat the Rovers Masters 4-2.

With the scored tied at 1-all after regulation time, Hyundai Family struck first with a goal from Chul Park midway through the first half of extra time. Hyundai Family, playing with only 10 men due to a red card before the final whistle of regulation time, managed to keep the Rovers Masters at bay for the remainder of the half, but later failed to contain the Rovers Masters’ Ian Lawton in the opening minutes of the second half, leveling the match again at 2-all.

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Bank of Guam donates $2,500 for GFA Cup

Bank of Guam recently donated $2,500 to Guam Football Association to stage the Bank of Guam 7th Annual GFA Cup tournament. Present at the check presentation are from left, Jill Espiritu, GFA Media & Marketing Officer, Keith Dickson, GFA Men's Committee, Brett Maluwelmeng, GFA Men's Committee and Men's Administrator, Jacqueline A. Marati, Bank of Guam Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Mark Cruz, GFA Men's Committee. The tournament's final match is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 25, 2014. A full schedule of matches is available online at http://www.guamfa.com/all-leagues-mens-gfa-cup-results

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