In front of an appreciative crowd VOICE – journalist emerged as champions in a hard fought final against Western Union – Pharmacist that ended in a penalty shoot out.
On the square Shaquan Nelson put Western Union Pharmacists ahead when his right foot shot eluded Ethan St. Rose in goal midway into the first half to leave the scoreline 1 – 0 at the break.
On the resumption the two teams stepped up the tempo a few notches and with moral support from parents on the sidelines the young and aspiring footballers were just as equal to the task despite the scorching heat. Finally VOICE Journalists got the much deserved equalizer from the boots of Jordan Hunte to send the encounter into a penalty shoot out.
Final score line following the dreaded penalty shoot out 2 – 1 in favour of VOICE Journalists.
Following the showpiece a number of awards was presented to the top three teams and players for their outstanding performances throughout the mini tournament -Championship team – VOICE Journalists, 2nd place finisher Western Union – Pharmacists, 3rd place finisher – LIME – Engineers, Best Goalkeeper – Ethan St.Rose, Most Goals – IsiahModeste. Most Outstanding Player – KrishonneAmedee.Most Promising – JaheimJassan, Cagini Pilgrim and Shaquan Nelson, MVP of the Tournament-Andrez Daniel.
Meanwhile, Ryan Desir, one of the organizers in his brief remarks saidthat there was not enough football being played by the young and aspiring players, this initiative is a timely one and hopefully it will be an annual event. The aim was to ensure that there was an increase in the number of training hours and games being played and these players will get the opportunity to complete with players their age not only locally but from the wider region, Desir said.