It is all done and dusted as the top teams have all claimed their spots at the end of the 2018 Scotiabank National Youth Cup. With the Under-9 and Under-11 divisions already decided a short while ago, the older teams had their day in the sun on Saturday at the Barbados Football Association's Wildey Turf.
The morning got started with the Under-13 Tier 1 final when the National Sports Council Blenheim Ballers held true to form and to go home with the title after beating Kick Start Hammers, three goals to two. With NSC winning and drawing with Kick Start in their preliminary games, the outcome was no surprise as Khimani Cox struck home a hat-trick to round out the performance and take home the Most Goals award. Kick Start got their goals from Khalil Vanderpool Nurse, who was also a contender for Most Goals, and Ethan Squires.
Cosmos were Tier 2 champions in the Under-15 division after they pulled out a 2-1 win over Unite Stars Alliance. Cosmos stated their intentions by going into the brea with a 2-0 lead after goals from Marcus King and Teshawn Brathwaite set them up nicely. However, United refused to lie down and showed the resilience that saw them making such a massive impact in their debut year. Tidre Arthur was able to get his team a consolation in the 60th minute.
It was an open-and-shut case as Pinelands Academy had a clean 2-0 win over Mavericks in the Tier 1 final. Both goals came in the first half from the efforts of Shawneko Moore and Jaydon Sealy.
All it took was a single goal for Fitts Village West Coast to pick up their second championship on the day over the same club after winning the Tier 2 Under-13 final. Coming up against Whitehall again, this time in the Tier 2 Under-17 final, one goal from Keshawn Haynes, who finished the tournament with 18, gave West Coast the win.
Although it is a bit cliché, the best was indeed saved for last. Pro Shottas and Mavericks gave the large crowd on-hand an exciting finish to the 2018 competition as they played to a thrilling 3-2 result in the favour of the former. With both teams sporting players from the the national youth programmes, the game kept patrons on the edge of their seats.
Mavericks struck first with a goal from Jamali Hutson in the very last minute of the first half. However, shortly after resumption, captain Niall Reid-Stephen and Dishon Howell had back-to-back goals to give Pro Shottas the lead. Thierry Gale made it 3-1 for Pro Shottas just a minute before Dejaun Walcott put Mavericks back in striking range. With Mavericks putting everything into it, the final minutes were able to slip off the clock without them finding the equaliser to force extra-time.
Scotiabank National Youth Cup Awards
Under-13 Tier 2
1st Place: Fitts Village West Coast, 2nd Place: Whitehall FC, 3rd Place: United Stars Alliance
Best Goalkeeper: Jeremiah Worrell – FV West Coast, Best Defender: Trevon Cadogan – FV West Coast, Best Midfielder: Naje Hinds – Whitehall FC, Most Goals: Joshua Clarke – FV West Coast, Most Valuable Player: Joshua Clarke – FV West Coast
Under-13 Tier 1
1st Place: National Sports Council Blenheim Ballers, 2nd Place: Kick Start, 3rd Place: Pro Shottas
Best Goalkeeper: Jelan Ward – Kick Start, Best Defender: Ethan Goodridge – Kick Start, Best Midfielder: Kismar Ramsey – NSC Blenheim Ballers, Most Goals: Khimani Cox – NSC Blenheim Ballers, Most Valuable Player: Khimani Cox – NSC Blenheim Ballers
Under-15 Tier 2
1st Place: Cosmos FC, 2nd Place: United Stars Alliance, 3rd Place: Notre Dame Sports Club
Best Goalkeeper: Shane Carrington – United Stars Alliance, Best Defender: Teshawn Brathwaite – Cosmos FC, Best Midfielder: Shewayne Burke – United Stars Alliance, Most Goals: Shewayne Burke and Tidre Arthur – United Stars Alliance, Most Valuable Player: Teshawn Brathwaite – Cosmos FC
Under-15 Tier 1
1st Place: Pinelands Academy, 2nd Place: Mavericks, 3rd Place: Pro Shottas
Best Goalkeeper: Chad Alleyne – Mavericks, Best Defender: Nathan Sealy – Pro Shottas, Best Midfielder: Shabari Lynch – Pinelands, Most Goals: Raequon Jones – Mavericks, Most Valuable Player: Shabari Lynch – Pinelands
Under-17 Tier 2
1st Place: Fitts Village West Coast, 2nd Place: Whitehall Titans, 3rd Place: Weymouth Wales
Best Goalkeeper: Kyle Smith – FV West Coast, Best Defender: Nico Blackman – FV West Coast, Best Midfielder: Jaylan Gilkes – Whitehall FC, Most Goals: Keshawn Haynes – FV West Coast, Most Valuable Player: Keshawn Haynes – FV West Coast
Under-17 Tier 1
1st Place: Pro Shottas, 2nd Place: Mavericks, 3rd Place: Barbados Soccer Academy
Best Goalkeeper: Isiah Babb – Mavericks, Best Defender: Jaden Miller – Pro Shottas, Best Midfielder: Niall Reid-Stephen – Pro Shottas, Most Goals: Dishon Howell and Thierry Gale – Pro Shottas, Most Valuable Player: Niall Reid-Stephen – Pro Shottas