THE curtains came down on the ninth edition of the Castries LUCELEC/BOSL Youth League recently, as spectators, fans and parents were treated to nonstop exciting football action at the Sab Sporting Facility
The first match of the finals turned out to be a major upset in the U11 age group, as Flow Lancers FC were able to prevent Valley Soccer Club from recording a perfect tournament.
Coming into the finals Valley Soccer Club had a one hundred percent record and were the prohibitive favourites. However, determined defensive play and goals from the family combination of Mc Quain and Kerrison Byron resulted in Flow Lancers FC winning 2-0.
In the third place play off for the U13 division, VSADC Pinehill Sharks defeated FC Pioneers 1-0, a goal scored by Terrel Mitchel.
In the U13 finals Valley Soccer Club defeated VSADC Pinehill Dolphins 2-1.
The U15 third place match saw FC Pioneers make light work of Valley Soccer Club with an 8-1 score line.
Perhaps feeling the disappointment of not playing the finals spurred on the duo of national U14 selectees Ajani Hippolyte and Shaquan Nelson as they both were in no nonsense mood. Nelson recorded a well taken brace and Hippolyte had a hat trick inside of 63 minutes. The other contributors for FC Pioneers were Demario Pelage and Marlon Nurse while there was also an own goal from Valley Soccer Club.
The U15 finals Flow Lancers FC defeated VSADC Lucozade 3-0.
In the third-place playoff for the 17 and under category between FC Pioneers and Flow Lancers FC. The full time score ended 2 -2 all, but FC Pioneers were able to hold their nerves and prevail on penalty kicks.
In the 17 and under finals VSADC Lucozade defeated Valley Soccer Club 2-1.
Following each final, a prize giving ceremony was held where outstanding players and the winning teams were recognized.
The awards were as follows. Under 11: Champions, Flow Lancers FC; Second place, Valley Soccer Club; Finals MVP; Kerrison Byron of Flow Lancers FC; Golden Boots; shared between Omarion Edwin and Alex Deveaux of Valley Soccer Club; Golden Gloves, Javon Gray of Valley Soccer Club; Best Defender; Noah Jn Pierre of Flow Lancers FC.
Under 13 awards: Champions, Valley Soccer Club; Second place, VSADC Pinehill Dolphins; Third place, VSADC Pinehill Sharks; Finals MVP, Daniel Zakhour of Valley Soccer Club; Golden Boots, Messiah Pinel of VSADC Pinehill Dolphins; Golden Gloves, Tristan Cox, Valley Soccer Club; Best Defender, Uriah Clovis of Valley Soccer Club; Best Midfielder, Alex Deveaux of Valley Soccer Club.
Under 15 awards: Champions, Flow Lancers FC; Second place, VSADC Lucozade; Third place, FC Pioneers; Finals MVP, DaneoCaroo of Flow Lancers FC; Golden Boots, Ajani Hippolyte of FC Pioneers; Best Defender, Shaquan Prudent of Flow Lancers FC; Golden Gloves, Ethan St Rose of Flow Lancers FC; Best Midfielder, DaneoCaroo of Flow Lancers FC.
Seventeen and under awards: Champions, VSADC Lucozade; Second place, Valley Soccer Club; Third place, FC Pioneers; Finals MVP, Keegan Caul of VSADC Lucozade; Golden Boots, Keegan Caul of VSADC Lucozade; Best Defender, Giovani Saltibus of VSADC Lucozade; Golden Gloves, Anthony Mondesir of VSADC Lucozade; Best Midfielder, Niall Bergasse of Valley Soccer Club.
The Castries Football Council thanked the tournament’s two principle sponsors LUCELEC and Bank of Saint Lucia Limited, the Saint Lucia Football Association, match officials, participating clubs, fans, supporters, parents and the general public for their sustained support during the 2018 Castries LUCELEC/BOSL Youth League.