Barbados Cup reaches climax
Kickstart FC brushed aside Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) 2-0 in the finals of the under-19 Barbados Football Cup contested today at the Barbados Community College grounds.
The featured game had more dribbles than passes which did not create many goal-scoring opportunities and produced a goal-less first half. However action picked up in the 42nd minute of the decisive half when a corner was taken by Kickstart from the right flank and center-back Ben Noel headed the ball into the back of the nets.
If that was sweet, Eric Joseph made goal number two even sweeter when Brendan Sidaway from the left volleyed the ball over to Joseph on the right who then hammered it rocket-like into the nets in the 56th minute.
BSA entered two teams in the under-17 division and both teams made it through to the final which was also contested today at the same venue. The team called BSA Superstars, and bedecked in red and blue won 1-0 over the orange-clad BSA Warriors. This was thanks to striker Natari Worrell who scored from close range.
Pro Shottas clinched the under-15 title by defeating Pinelands 2-0 via a penalty shoot-out. Meanwhile earlier Pinelands under-13 got the better of Pro Shottas 1-0 compliments Devonte Richards who scored the game’s lone goal and was named the top forward in that division.
Several prizes were given out after the respective finals were contested and in the under-19 division Kickstart captured three of the four trophies which included best forward, midfielder and goalkeeper which went to Eric Joseph, Brendan Sidaway and Carlton Wilson respectively. Ronaldo Bailey of Bagatelle was adjudged defender of the tournament in that age group.
Barbados Soccer Academy grabbed all four prizes in the under-17 division thanks to Kavian Inniss – best forward; Cobi Clarke – best midfielder; Rumarco McDowell – best defender; and Kadeem Clarke – best goalkeeper.
Pro Shottas’s Abiola Grant was named midfielder for 2015 in the under-13 category along with teammate Jemar Catlyn who won best defender. Ronaldo Roberts of Pinelands was the most outstanding goalkeeper in that division. Pro Shottas were at it again capturing several trophies in the under-15 age group. Ashe Oxley walked away with the top prize for best forward, Aluko Callender was the best defender and Liam Brathwaite, the best goalkeeper. Lamario Springer of Pinelands copped the midfielder award.
The women also participated and the National Sports Council are the champions with Mavericks placing second and Genesis third. Felicia Jarvis was named best forward; Kimberley Ellis captured the best defender title while Shontel Applewaite and Kamillah Burke were named most outstanding defender and goalkeeper respectively.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)