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GIFL U11 INVITATIONAL: Northern United All Stars Champions

Image: 2019 champions Northern United All Stars celebrate. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

THE Gros Islet Playing Field was a hive of football activity this past weekend when the Gros Islet Football League (GIFL) staged the semifinal, third place play off and final of its Northern Zone Invitational Under 11 Football Tournament in front of an appreciative crowd of parents who came out to lend support to the up and coming football stars.

In semifinal No.1, National Under 11 Champions, Northern United took on rivals GMC United. The game was kept in balance up to the first half with Northern United leading 1 – 0 at the whistle.

Image: (L-R) Francis Lastic presenting championship trophy to the Northern United All Stars winning captain; Shermon Sylvester presenting the captain of Valley Soccer with the second place trophy. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Francis Lastic presenting championship trophy to the Northern United All Stars winning captain; Shermon Sylvester presenting the captain of Valley Soccer with the second place trophy. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

On resumption, the Northern United team showed their dominance scoring four more goals to bring their tally to five by the end of regulation time.

For Northern United the goal scorers were Traylon Henry, Jordan Peter and a hat trick from Devonte Herman.

For GMC United their goal scorer was their captain Michael Justin.

In semifinal No. 2, Valley Soccer, runners up in Northern Zone and National Under 11, played the 4th place finishers in Northern Zone, SLSO Monchy United FC. This turned out to be a one sided affair as Valley Soccer juiced their two man advantage with Monchy United only having six out of eight players on the pitch.

Valley Soccer scored four unanswered goals to end the half in control.

Image of top winners. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
Top winners. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

On resumption, Monchy United got some help from Cletan Amedee who arrived just in time for the second half. The additional player really helped Monchy United, but goalkeeper Shann Cooper of Valley Soccer kept them at bay. Valley Soccer scored their fifth goal in the dying minute to make it 5 – 0.

In the third place play off, GMC United took revenge on Monchy United FC with a 3 – 0 victory to capture the third place title.

For GMC United, the goal scorer was captain Michael Justin with a hat trick.

For the championship trophy, Northern United took on Valley Soccer for the fourth time this year. This final was the third final for 2019 between these two teams at the Under 11 level.

Northern United continued their dominance winning 5 – 1.

Image: 2019 champions Northern United All Stars celebrate. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
2019 champions Northern United All Stars celebrate. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

It must be noted that the Valley Soccer goalkeeper made at least 12 saves to keep the score on a respectable front. For Northern United the goal scorers were Devonte Herman, Traylon Henry and Jordan Peter with a hat trick.

For Valley Soccer, the lone scorer was Sebastian Brant.

Individual awards presented following the final: Most goals and Best Striker – Devonte Herman (10 goals); Best Midfielder- Thierry Morille; Best Defender- Justice Germain; Best Goalkeeper- Shann Cooper and MVP – Traylon Henry.

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