Young players shine in Barbados Football Cup
Pinelands were on top of their game winning 3-0 over Paradise in one of the main matches of the Barbados Football Cup tournament played at the Weymouth Grounds today.
Playing in the under-15 division, Pinelands drew first blood through mid-fielder Ray Francis who received a well measured pass up the left flank from striker Chad Massiah and he finished the job brilliantly by placing the ball into the back of the nets with a left-footed strike in the ninth minute.
Two minutes later things got even sweeter for the Pinelands boys through midfielder Kashawn Browne who took a shot at goal from outside the 20-yard box which deflected off the hands of Paradise’s goalkeeper Diara Gilkes and ended in the back of the nets. This caused the fans on the sideline to erupt in celebration along with the players.
Just about three minutes before half-time Paradise missed a golden opportunity at goal when Pinelands’ left-wing Shem Yearwood brought down Kemshon Wilkinson of Paradise in the box which resulted in a penalty. Wilkinson stepped up to take the penalty but missed a golden opportunity with a weak shot. The teams went into the break with the scoreline reading 2-0.
When the second half resumed Pinelands almost immediately made it 3-0 when right-wing Davene Gale-Forde sent a beautiful ball from the right of the field to Chad Massiah but he missed the ball completely.
Paradise continued to let their guard down and Pinelands capitalized on another goal-scoring opportunity in the 44th minute when Chad Massiah deflected a ball which went through Gilkes’ hands and into the back of the nets.
In other encounters in the under-15 division Cox Coaching Academy from Trinidad and Tobago defeated Notre Dame 3-0. Ronaldo Edwards scored two goals and man-of-the match Tyrell Emmanuel scored the other. Tang Parkinson and Kick Start played to a 3-3 draw. Darian Maloney scored two goals for Tang and Jard Maxius the other. While Brandon Sidaway, Elijah Downey and Ramon Walters each scored for Kick Start.
Meanwhile in the under-17 division games played at the Harrison College ground, Gasparillo Youths from Trinidad and Tobago played against Gall Hill and this ended in a 2-2 draw. Gasparillo striker Levi Garcia scored two goals for the visitors while midfielder Timeko Layne and right-wing Daquon Gill scored one goal each for the home boys. Whitehall Football Academy defeated Cosmos 3-1 with Barbados under-17 player and striker Rashad Phillips scoring two goals and team-mate Shaquan Joseph scoring the other. Nathan Broomes managed to pull one back for his team but by then it was too late.
Barbados Soccer Academy thrashed Empire 6-1 in a one-sided encounter. Rashad Grant scored two, Jadan Norville, Deyonte Monroe, Edward Okey and Romario McDonald scored one each. Shanell Osbourne was the lone goal scorer for Pro Shottas. The game between Pro Shottas and Paradise ended in a 1-1 draw with Shaquille Harewood scoring for Paradise and Gabriel Best for Pro Shottas.
More photos available in our 15/04/2014 digital ePaper at http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb.