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Pro Shottas steal Guardian Group Youth Tournament

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Pro Shottas Soccer School stole into the winner’s row making a podium finish in five of the six divisions of this year’s Guardian Group Youth Tournament.

Playing in their final encounters at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey Turf, the long-standing school made a podium finish in the Under-11, Under-13, Under-13 Elite, Under-15 and Under-17 categories.

In the Under-9 competition, West Coast and United Stars Alliance (USA) ended their game 1-1 after goals from West Coast’s Jamario Johnson in the 13th minute off a penalty kick, to end the first half in the lead. However, USA’s Rajari Rollins came back in the 25th minute to find the equalizer, putting both teams on solid ground.

But in the end, it was West Coast who walked away with the first place trophy after finishing with 21 points in Zone A ahead of Pro Shottas and Whitehall, who ended in second and third place respectively with 14 points each.

Over in Zone B, USA ended their campaign on 24 points to finish second overall. However, they finished ahead of Barbados Soccer Academy (19) and Eden Stars (17).

In the Under-11 category, Pro Shottas United came out hard and heavy, pocketing two goals in quick time in the sixth and seventh minutes compliments Ajani Trotman. And although Pro Shottas Spurs fought back, Trotman was too much for them to handle, and he came back to secure his hat trick in the 38th minute to giving his team the lead and sealing the championship.

Pro Shottas United, went on to finish top of Zone A on 21 points, ahead of Eden Stars (16) and Mavericks Fire (14). Over in Zone B, Pro Shottas Spurs barely edged USA on goal difference after both teams ended on 17 points each, while BSA Warriors missed out by one point.

Empire and West Coast fought down to the wire in the Under-13s, but it was West Coast who emerged victorious with a brace each from Kamari Johnson, in the 14th and 49th minutes, and Roniko Harding in the 36th (penalty kick) and 56th minutes.

Empire opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute, when Tyresse Carrington converted a penalty kick and scored again, finding the equalizer following Johnson’s penalty. Teon Jupiter came back in the 44th to put his team ahead before West Coast came in and stole the show to give them the overall lead.

In the Under-13 Elite competition, Pros Shottas finished ahead of NSC and Pinelands.

Additionally, in the Under-15 finals, it was all about the Gills for KFC Pinelands Academy, when Jamario Gill secured a brace in the 29th and 45th minutes.

However, Khalil Vanderpool came in in the 67th minute to give Kick Start Gunners a fighting chance before Christian Gill gave Pinelands the advantage, to end their Zone B tournament on 21 points ahead of Pro Shottas United (16) and Fitts Village FC (10).

Similarly, the Gunners stole the lead in Zone A with 15 points, while Pride of Gall Hill ran a close second on 12 points and National Sports Council (NSC) Blenheim Ballers finished on 9.

Meanwhile, Javier Smith (46), Zuhri Moore (51), Tajio James (55) and Lamar Catlyn (87) of Pro Shottas defeated Mavericks Fire 4-0 to emerge victorious in the Under-17s campaign. They finished top of the group ahead of Mavericks and Cosmos, who finished second and third respectively.  

 Following the teams’ victories, Branch Manager of Guardian Life, Armando Marcado said they were happy to enhance the skills of the future football players of Barbados and to be sponsoring the tournament for the past four years.


Individual Awards




Under-13 Elite 



Best Goalkeeper 

Dreshawn Taylor (Ellerton) Kai Roach (Pro Shottas Spurs)  Clarence Williams (West Coast) Tyreke Rice (NSC) Tyrell Brathwaite (Pinelands) Michael Chandler (Pro Shottas)

Best Defender 

Jamali Browne-Sandiford (USA) David Taza (Pro Shottas United) Chad Arrindell (Empire) Ephram Gill (Pro Shottas) Reshawn Johnson (Pinelands) Je-Dane Griffith (Pro Shottas)

Best Midfielder 

Jamarco Johnson (West Coast)  Ari Manning (Pro Shottas United)  Roniko Harding (West Coast)  Jaylen Johnson (Pro Shottas) Alex King-Delpish (Pinelands)  Jamal Watson-Cummings (Mavericks)

Most Goals 

Jamarco Johnson (West Coast)  Malachi Hanniff (USA) Roniko Harding (West Coast) 
Akodi Corbin (Wotton) 
Shamari Harewood (NSC) Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse (Kick Start)  Zuhri Morris (Pro Shottas) 


Jamarco Johnson (West Coast)  Ari Manning (Pro Shottas United) Roniko Harding (West Coast) Shamari Harewood (NSC)  Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse (Kick Start)  Zuhri Morris (Pro Shottas) 

Team Awards 


3rd place

Barbados Soccer Academy  United Stars Alliance  Pro Shottas  Pinelands   Pro Shottas  Cosmos 

2nd place

United Stars Alliance  Pro Shottas Spurs  Empire  NSC Kick Start Mavericks 

1st place

West Coast Youth  Pro Shottas United  West Coast  Pro Shottas  Pinelands  Pro Shottas 


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