It was a case of the usual suspects being guilty of winning when the Barbados Football Association's Scotiabank National Youth Cup kicked off last weekend. With hundreds of players getting into their first competition for the year at various venues, it was the largely the better-known sides that picked up points on Saturday. With the competition split into two tiers with the top one featuring teams that gave solid performances in last year's inaugural tournament, the rivalries were rekindled this past weekend and are expected to rage on for the next few weeks.
In Tier 1, Pro Shottas came out swinging in their opening Under-9 game as they basted Launfal Soccer Academy with an 8-0 result at the Kick Start ground. Led by six goals from Player of the Day for his division Sacha Pounder, Pro Shottas rolled to an easy three points. Pounder was good for back-to-back goals in the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 26th and 30th minutes. He was given some support by Charles Bertrand and Elijah Jacobs.
Still in Under-9, Kick Start Hot Shots made the most of the home-field edge to show they were hotter than Mavericks Fire. The result there was similar as they put eight unanswered goals past Mavericks as well. This time, Harry Smith led the charge with a hat-trick after goals in the 3rd, 4th and 10th minutes. He was backed up by Jacob Gollop who finished with a brace (5th, 11th) and Kai Clarke, Beau Washington and Jeremiah Brewster.
The trend continued in the Under-11 as both clubs brought home hefty wins in Tier 1 as well. At the Pine Resource Centre, Kick Start Kickers came away 7-0 winners over Launfal with Under-11 Player of the Day Joshua Waithe getting his team off the ground with a brace. The goals came fast and furious as Asher Walker-Linton, Seth Jones, Nathaniel Denny, Matthieu Clarke and Jordan Bryan all scored within 20 minutes.
Pro Shottas United also had seven against St. Andrew Lions at the venue after getting started with an own goal. Zachari Yard jumped on momentum and went on to score twice while Joshua Connell, Tremon Francis, Laea Blakeley and Ronan Lee all got their names on the board.
Breaking the mold, Fitts Village West Coast made a mark for themselves in Tier 2 at Kick Start with an 8-0 win over Ellerton. They had three players bringing home braces with Kellem Payne, Roniko Harding and Ethan McCollin all rocking the nets twice. The other goals came from Nathan Scott and Omar Harris.
Back in Tier 1 in the Under-13 division, Kick Start Hammers did just that to the Barbados Youth Service as they took a five goal win at Blenheim. Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse had a beaver-trick in the 7-2 victory while Dominic Downes, Zion Mayers and Ethan Squires added to the tally. The Youth Service's consolations came from Javonte Griffith and Shakira Bishop. James Arthur was good for a hat-trick against Brittons Hill as he helped Notre Dame Youth to a 6-1 win at the same venue. Jabari Reid, Blair Spencer and Christian Gill added the other three.
At Parkinson Field, Tajio James had three goals to take the Player of the Day in Tier 1 Under-15. Plying his trade for FLOW Pro Shottas they razed Paradise Youth with eight unanswered goals. Aaron Jones, Zuhri Morris, Shakerr Edwards, Ryan Lashley (2) all chipped in to bring up the total while Paradise failed to get off the mark.
Over at Meadow Road in Tier 2 action, new kids on the block United Stars Alliance manhandled Ellerton to finish six goals ahead. With a single goal coming from Reshawn Butcher, Ellerton were unable to keep the fledgling team at bay as Shewayne Burke and Jacoby Gill both scored twice, while Tidre Arthur, Kevon Lucas, and Jaheim Wilson all had one each.
The action kicks back up tomorrow and match information and results can be found at www.barbadosfa.com
CAPTION: The youngsters have taken over the weekends as the Scotiabank National Youth Cup kicked off last Saturday.
Under-9 Zone A
Pro Shottas – 8 VS Launfal Soccer Academy – 0
FV West Coast – 4 VS Paradise Youth – 0
Under-9 Zone B
Kick Start Hot Shots – 8 VS Mavericks Fire – 0
Brittons Hill – 1 VS King's Park Rangers – 2
Under-11 Zone A
Kick Start Kickers – 7 VS Launfal Soccer Academy – 0
Pro Shottas United – 7 VS St. Andrew Lions – 0
Under-11 Zone B
Pinelands Academy – 2 VS King's Park Rangers – 0
Paradise Youth – 1 VS Mavericks Fire – 1
Under-13 Zone A
Barbados Youth Service – 2 VS Kick Start Hammers – 7
NSC Blenheim Ballers – 3 VS BSA Superstars – 0
Under-13 Zone B
Notre Dame Youth – 6 VS Brittons Hill – 1
Pinelands Academy 2 VS Pro Shottas United – 3
Under- 15 Zone A
Mavericks Fire – 3 VS Kick Start Gunners – 0
Pinelands Academy – 2 VS NSC Blenheim Ballers – 1
Under-15 Zone B
Waterford Compton – 0 VS Pride of Gall Hill – 0
FLOW Pro Shottas – 8 VS Paradise Youth - 0
Under-17 Zone A
Pro Shottas United – 3 VS Pinelands Academy – 0
Kick Start United – 1 VS Mavericks Fire – 4
Under-17 Zone B
Paradise Youth – 3 VS Pride of Gall Hill – 0
Barbados Youth Service – 3 VS BSA Super Stars – 1
Kick Start Sparks – 0 VS Empire – 0
Whitehall – 1 VS United Stars Alliance – 1
Kick Start Suns – 3 VS Youth Milan – 1
Under-11 Zone A
Barbados Youth Service – 0 VS United Stars Alliance – 3
Kick Start Shooters – 1 VS Brittons Hill – 2
Under-11 Zone B
FV West Coast – 8 VS Ellerton – 0
Empire – 1 VS Pro Shottas Spurs – 2
Under-13 Zone A
FV West Coast – 2 VS Mavericks Heat – 1
Pride of Gall Hill – 0 VS All Stars Elite – 3
Under-13 Zone B
Paradise Youth – 0 VS United Stars Alliance – 3
Whitehall – 2 VS Pro Shottas Spurs – 1
All Stars Elite – 2 VS Notre Dame Youth – 1
Ellerton – 1 VS United Stars Alliance – 7
Cosmos – 3 VS Brittons Hill – 0
FV West Coast – 2 VS Weymouth Wales – 3
BSA Warriors – 5 VS Brittons Hill – 4
Whitehall Titans – 6 VS Checker Hall – 2
PLAYERS OF THE DAY – February 10th
U-9: Sacha Pounder – Pro Shottas, U-11: Joshua Waithe – Kick Start, U-13: Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse – Kick Start, U-15: Tajio James – Pro Shottas, U-17: Ishaem Ellis – Barbados Youth Service
U-9: Israel Watson – Kick Start, U-11: Evydence Bailey – Pro Shottas, U-13: Tyreke Cumberbatch – Fitts Village, U-15: Shewayne Burke – United Stars Alliance, U-17: Nazario Adamson Whitehall