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Northern United FC U15S Wins GIFL/ Guardsman Tournament

The Guardsman Under-15 Tournament, which is in its fifth edition ended this past weekend with Northern United FC Boys Under 15  team for 2021 making history by defeating one of the tournament’s favorites, defending champion GMC FC, 4-3.

The win came in the dying moments of the 70-minute encounter at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG). It was the first time in the five-year history of the tournament that the final was played at the DSCG.

(L-R) GMC United (2nd place) and Pioneers FC (3rd place) Under 14 captains receiving trophy and medals from Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir and SLFA representative, Kendall Emmanuel. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) GMC United (2nd place) and Pioneers FC (3rd place) Under 14 captains receiving trophy and medals from Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir and SLFA representative, Kendall Emmanuel. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

The 10-team tournament, which was played in two groups over the past four weekends was sponsored by Guardsman (Saint Lucia) Limited in collaboration with the Gros Islet Football league (GIFL).

In Group B, Northern United FC completed the preliminary round of the tournament losing one game to GMC United. GMC FC was equally productive, taking Group B with maximum points, from their four games played, to secure a semifinal berth.

No. 6 Devonte Howell – named the Player of the Final, struck the winning goal in the 70th minute for Northern United FC.

Northern United FC, Gros Islet Football League/ Guardsman (Saint Lucia) Limited 2021 Champions. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Northern United FC, Gros Islet Football League/ Guardsman (Saint Lucia) Limited 2021 Champions. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

At the end of the first half of play of what can best be described as a ‘high tempo encounter’ the score line was locked at 2-2.

The goal scorers, Traylan Henry in the 1st minute of play, and Kendrick Joseph in the 3rd minute for Northern United FC, while Calvin Marshall brace in the 13th and 18th minute for GMC United silent Northern United FC supporters in the western stands.

(L-R) The goal scorers for Northern United FC Traylan Henry, Kenrick Joseph and Devonte Howell; Devonte Howell receiving his Player of the final award from, Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) The goal scorers for Northern United FC Traylan Henry, Kenrick Joseph and Devonte Howell; Devonte Howell receiving his Player of the final award from, Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

On the resumption, Traylan Henry put Northern United FC ahead for the second time in the encounter scoring in the 46th minute. With the 2021 Championship at stake, GMC United playing with a no die attitude quickly regroup and in doing so found the much-deserved equalizer in the 53rd minute when an Aman Girdari strike eluded the Northern United goalkeeper, Kevel Francois, to his right.

The winning goal: No.6 Devonte Howell running on the left flank received a through ball. He waltzed past two players, before shooting to goal. The GMC United goalkeeper had no chance of saving the goal. This triggered a robust celebration on and off the playing area for Northern United FC.

Earlier, in the match for third place silverware, Pioneers FC defeated Lancers FC 7-6 on penalty kicks, the scores were locked at 1 -1 after regulation time.

The goal scorers, Darian Fedee, Lancers FC in the 26th minute and Jermaine Joseph, Pioneers FC in the 27th minute.

(L-R) The winning captain, Theiry Morille receiving the Championship trophy and gold medals from Guardsman (Saint Lucia) Limited representative, Tember Cadet, the 2021 champions, Northern United FC. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) The winning captain, Theiry Morille receiving the Championship trophy and gold medals from Guardsman (Saint Lucia) Limited representative, Tember Cadet, the 2021 champions, Northern United FC. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Individual awards presented on the evening: Devonte Herman (Player of the Final / Northern United FC), Jayden Etienne (MVP of the Tournament/GMC United), Justice Germaine (Most Outstanding Defender/ Northern United FC), Josh George (Most Goals/ GMC United), Thierry Morille (Most Outstanding Midfielder/ Northern United FC), Joshua George (Most Outstanding Goalkeeper/ GMC United), Shaquille Thomas age 11 (GMC United and Shilo John age 10 (Northern United FC) (Most Impressive Players).

(L-R) Youngest players in the tournament, Shilo John (10) and Shaquille Thomas (11) receiving their award from Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Youngest players in the tournament, Shilo John (10) and Shaquille Thomas (11) receiving their award from Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Team awards: Champion Team – Northern United FC, championship trophy and gold medals, 2nd place – GMC United – trophy and silver medals and 3rd place team – Pioneers, trophy and bronze medals.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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