Captain tackling captain: Ellerton's Captain Shakille Belle on the ball (left) while Wales' Captain Hadan Holligan chase him.
A last-minute strike from Captain Hadan Holligan was all it took to register Weymouth Wales as the winners of the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup tonight.
Playing against top-flyers Ellerton, in front of a sold-out crowd that saw standing room only, Wales poked and prodded their way to victory. Moments before referee Trevor Taylor blew the final whistle to signal the end of the Championship, Holligan performed a sterling shake and bake as he guided the ball past Ellerton’s custodian and Best Goalkeeper of the tournament Jamar Brewster, and sunk it deep into the back of the nets.
Spectators and fans across the Wildey Turf erupted in glee and were unable to contain themselves when it was realized the Carrington Village side would be taking home a handsome payday in the form of the $50,000 grand prize.
And while Ellerton dominated in the first half, keeping the pressure on Wales, the victors ensured they closed down Captain Shakille Belle, who was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with his ten-goal haul to secure the coveted Hyundai Ionic and Most Goals award.
The St George based side, previous two-time champions of the David Thompson Memorial Constituency Football Classic was the first to strike with an attempt on goal by Belle, which went too high and over the crossbars. Shaquan Clarke, who was named Best Midfielder, also struck early but his shot went just wide of the far post much to the crowd’s dismay.
Wales on the other end, kept their focus on Belle and brought him down just outside the box on a number of occasions in succession. While only free kicks were taken, Ellerton failed to convert and make good use of the opportunities given.
Ellerton fans and management once again registered their frustrations when Clarke missed the nets from about eight yards out. A spectacular cross came in from Belle inside the box, and although Clarke got around Wales’ goalkeeper Omari Eastmond, he failed to complete what would have easily been the perfect finish.
As the second half rolled around with both teams at a 0-0 deadlock, Clarke looking for the back of the net off a rebound, instead went over the crossbars in the 67th minute. Wales turned up the pressure, however, and focused their attention on solidifying their defence in the midfield.
Twenty-one minutes later Belle came in fast and furious, but his right-foot shot went inches wide of near post. Before the team could regroup, less than a minute later, Holligan got the opportunity to cancel Ellerton’s hopes and leave them crestfallen and dejected, but with $20,000 in their pockets.
In the third-place finisher, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme clipped UWI Blackbirds’ wings 2-1 to secure the white ribbon and $10,000.
The Blackbirds opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a close range shot from Rommel Bynoe which sailed past custodian Kishmar Primus. However, the soldiers shut down UWI’s defence as they cruised to victory under the command of Captain Shane Codrington, who returned after a one-game absence for being red carded in their quarterfinal matchup against Pride of Gall Hill.
In the 20th minute, utility man Raheim Sargeant played the ball back expertly, and slotted past Kerry Holder into the back of the nets to put them up.
Then in the 39th minute, Rashad Smith was taken down inside the box by Holder and the soldiers were awarded a penalty kick. Omani Leacock expertly converted to put the icing on top the cake for the soldiers, as UWI failed to get their backline and midfield up and off the ground.
|Tournament MVP (Hyundai Ioniq
|Most Outstanding Assistant Referee
|Most Oustanding Referee
||Kevon "Inches" Clarke
|Spectator Award (Hyundai Grand i10)