Paradise players celebrating their game-winner in the Under-11 Tier 2 final this past Saturday.
It is finished! After running for the better part of 2019, the Barbados Football Association's National Youth Cup came to an end. With the champions in the Tier 1 competition being decided on the previous weekend, the top teams in Tier 2 took their titles this past Saturday at the Wildey Turf.
Brittons Hill picked up their first ever Under-9 trophy when they were forced to penalties by the Barbados Soccer Academy. The BSA drew first blood with a goal from Teshawn Ward in the 16th but Brittons Hill replied in the 19th through the efforts of Element Walcott. Feeling the momentum, Brittons Hill went ahead in the 20th after Zayvion Welch rocked the nets but the Soccer Academy were level again inside the very next minute. With the game having to be decided at the penalty spot, Brittons Hill's two goals trumped BSA's single conversion.
It was an open-an-shut case in the Under-11 final as Paradise got past White Hall with a single goal. Trey Barker hit home in the 35th to seal the deal for the Christ Church club.
Things were a bit more competitive in the Under-13 final where St. Andrew Lions lost to the National Under-17 Girls by just one goal after the game went to penalties. With both halves remaining goalless, the girls edged out the Lions by beating the custodian five times while the St. Andrew side only knocked home four.
The Kick Start Gunners came from behind to take the Under-15 title from Fitts Village FC after Joshua Clarke opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Just a few minutes later, the Gunners began their fight back to the 3-1 win with Zion Mayers opening their account in the 20th. Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse went home with the award for most goals after rocking the nets twice in the 50th and 63rd.
Pride of Gall Hill rounded out the day's proceedings with a 2-0 win over United Stars Alliance in the Under-17 final. Tournament MVP Malachi Pile got his team off the mark in the 7th minute to see Gall Hill to a 1-0 lead at the break. In the second half, Kadeem Grandison sent the other shot home in the 60th to drive the final nail in the coffin.
National Youth Cup 2019 Tier 2 Awards
Best Goalkeeper: Samari Watson – Brittons Hill
Best Defender: Aamir John – Barbados Soccer Academy
Best Midfielder: Element Walcott – Brittons Hill
Most Goals: Obataiye Sealy – Barbados Soccer Academy (9)
Most Valuable Player: Element Walcott – Brittons Hill
1st Place: Brittons Hill 2nd Place: Barbados Soccer Academy
Best Goalkeeper: Keilanni Bayne – Paradise
Best Defender: Riquelme Shepherd - Paradise
Best Midfielder: Omar Mayers – White Hall
Most Goals: Jvonta Mayers – St. Andrew Lions (12)
Most Valuable Player: Riquelme Shepherd - Paradise
1st Place: Paradise 2nd Place: White Hall
Best Goalkeeper: T.J Alleyne – St. Andrew Lions
Best Defender: Olliana Bishop – Girls Under-17
Best Midfielder: Thierry Bradshaw – St. Andrew Lions
Most Goals: Kerisha Catlyn – Under-17 Girls, Thierry Bradshaw – St. Andrew Lions (5)
Most Valuable Player: Thierry Bradshaw – St. Andrew Lions
1st Place: Under-17 National Girls 2nd Place: St. Andrew Lions
Best Goalkeeper: Adam Mallalieu – Kick Start Gunners
Best Defender: Ethan Goodridge – Kick Start Gunners
Best Midfielder: Tavian Eastmond – Fitts Village FC
Most Goals: Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse – Kick Start Gunners (7)
Most Valuable Player: Ethan Goodridge – Kick Start Gunners
1st Place: Kick Start Gunners 2nd Place: Fitts Village FC
Best Goalkeeper: Tyreke Jones- Rice – Pride of Gall Hill
Best Defender: Oshae Gibson – United Stars Alliance
Best Midfielder: Malachi Pile – Pride of Gall Hill
Most Goals: Keshawn Francis – Cosmos FC (12)
Most Valuable Player: Malachi Pile – Pride of Gall Hill
1st Place: Pride of Gall Hill 2nd Place: United Stars Alliance