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Pioneers FC SLFA 2019 Northern Zone U17 Champions

Image: SLFA Northern Zone U17 champions Pioneers FC celebrate. (Photo: MP)

THE curtains came down on the Saint Lucia Football Association (SLFA) Inc. Northern Zone Under-17 Football competition at the SAB Playing Facility on Sunday 8th September 2019.

The final which was played between Pioneers FC and New Generation FC was a very competitive one, in which both teams sought to get the upper hand. But despite some interesting build up neither team was able to break the deadlock as the first half ended goalless.

Image: SLFA Northern Zone U17 champions Pioneers FC celebrate. (Photo: MP)
SLFA Northern Zone U17 champions Pioneers FC celebrate. (Photo: MP)

On the resumption both teams came out aggressively with Pioneers FC looking the more clinical. Hence it was no surprise when they got on the score sheet with a beautiful strike by Kyle Deterville in the 56th minute.

As the game progressed Pioneers FC continued to make inroads in their opponents third which resulted in Shaquan Nelson sealing the initiative with a gem of a goal in the 85th minute, to land his team Pioneers FC the trophy with a 2 – 0 victory.

Image: SLFA Vice President for the Northern region Charde Desir presenting awards to individual winners. (Photo: MP)
SLFA Vice President for the Northern region Charde Desir presenting awards to individual winners. (Photo: MP)

In the Third Place Play Off Big Players, despite being one goal down early in their encounter against GMC were able to emerge victorious with a comfortable 4 – 1 victory. They led 3 – 1 at half time.

They got their goals from Adrian Vitalis with a hat trick in the 12th, 19th and 66th minute and Jahel Francis in the 23rd minute.

Kerval Cenac scored for GMC in the 7th minute of play.

Image: SLFA Vice President Charde Desir presenting top awards to outstanding players. (Photo: MP)
SLFA Vice President Charde Desir presenting top awards to outstanding players. (Photo: MP)

At the conclusion of the game the following awards were presented. Best Goalkeeper – Janick Jn. Baptiste (Pioneers) – pair of gloves, boots and a trophy; Best Defender – Issacher Phillip (Pioneers) – football boots and a ball; Best Striker – Yannick Noel (New Generations) – boots and a football; Best Midfielder – Shaquan Nelson (Pioneers) – boots and a football; MVP of the Finals – Shaquan Nelson (Pioneers) – boots and a football.

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