Shared glory at end of Barbados Cup
Barbados – 06 04 2010…By Michael Phillips – The 23rd annual Barbados Cup came to an end this Good Friday with a presentation ceremony at the National Stadium. The tournament ended with the spoils of battle, the category titles, being shared among some of our Caribbean neighbours and host Barbados.
In Finals matches that were played at various venues, Pro Shottas had the ‘lions share’ of caps with teams in the Under-13, 15 and 17 categories. They also had the largest number of awards copping six in total.
The Under-13 final saw Pro Shottas facing St. Kitts in a goal-less match which came down to penalties. At the end of it all St. Kitts was victorious with 3-1 at Banks Breweries.
Pro Shottas were in a final match again, this time vying for supremacy over Trinidad and Tobago’s Step by Step in the Under-15 group. They would eventually be cut short as the Trinis would come out on top with a one-nil victory.
However, perseverance paid off and Pro Shottas got their revenge against Step by Step when they met up in the Under-17 category. They’d topple our neighbours to the South with a brilliant three-nil victory.
The only all-local game to be played was between Pinelands and Parish Land at the Under-19 level which ended 0-0. This was a third place match which resulted in the teams sharing the position. This category was played in a league format as they were only six teams at this level, as opposed to a knock-out system for the other age-groups. The first place and second place went to Kick Start and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic respectively.
At the end of the knock-out tournaments the Under-13 standings had St. Kitts at number one with Pro Shottas in second place while Gall Hill and Haynesville tied for third.
Step by Step won the Under-15 with Pro Shottas taking second place again while Notre Dame and Haynesville shared third place honours.
Pro Shottas stood at the top of the table in the Under-17 leaving Step by Step to settle for second ahead of Kick Start and Parish Land.
This year’s competition saw 50 teams coming from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and as far as St Maarten.
Five new teams also emerged from our very own land including Rising Suns and Eastern, both from St. John, Church Bottom from St. George and Checker Hall in St. Lucy. The fifth new team Daryll’s Road is one of ten hailing from the parish of Christ Church which Tournament Director George Las Caris has described as a ‘hotbed’ for youth football in Barbados.
Awards for Barbados Cup
Best Goal Keeper: Damon Leacock – Haynesville
Best Defender: Albert Collymore – Pro Shottas
Best Midfielder: Tahir Hanley – St. Kitts
Best Striker: Ryan Forde – Pro Shottas
Most Valuable Player: Tahir Hanley – St Kitts
Best Goal Keeper: Johnathan Rodgers – Step by Step
Best Defender: Reynaldo Bailey – Pro Shottas
Best Midfielder: Kerwin Trim – Step by Step
Best Striker: Tafari Williams – Step by Step
Most Valuable Player: Tafari Williams – Step by Step
Best Goal Keeper: Shaquille Bradshaw – Parish Land
Best Defender: Dayo Ward – Pro Shottas
Best Midfielder: Shamari Stevenson – Pro Shottas
Best Striker: Renako Nurse – Barbados Soccer Academy
Most Valuable Player: Kemar Headley – Pro Shottas
Best Goal Keeper: Tavere Marshall – Pinelands
Best Defender: Ricardo Morris – Kick Start
Best Midfielder: Raheem Sargeant – Kick Start
Best Striker: Chai Lloyd – Kick Start
Most Valuable Player: Kyle Gibson – Parish Land