Pinelands, Pro-Shottas and the Barbados Soccer Academy have advanced to the finals of the 2015 Barbados Cup scheduled for the Barbados Community College from 9 a.m. tomorrow.
In the under-13 division semi-finals Pinelands were in a devastating form as they demolished Kick Start 8-0 to reach their third final in successive years. Last year’s champions were led by a hat-trick from Devonte Richards, while there were two goals each from Tajio James and Adio Selby and an own goal. Pinelands will face Pro-shottas who overcame a tiring Gall Hill 2-1.
The under-15 final will also be a clash between Pinelands and Pro-Shottas. Both of these teams should feel proud of themselves having beaten the favourite teams from Trinidad, Cox Soccer Academy and Trinity College respectively.
In the first semi-final game between Cox academy and Pro-Shottas the teams were level 1-1 after full and extra time. However the Pro-Shottas team prevailed 3-2 on penalty kicks to advance to their second final.
Pinelands had a much easier path to the final by shutting down the ace player from Cox Academy to run out 3-0 winners, even though the final score might not have been a true indication of the closeness of the game.
In the under-19 category, a three-goal blitz in the second half enabled the Barbados Soccer Academy to hold off a gutsy Combined Clubs 4-2 after the scores were level 1-1 at half time.
Combined Clubs started well and were ahead after five minutes and continued to dominate, but too many missed chances were to later haunt them. In the second half a resurgent BSA led by two goals from Azzarri Croney and one by Brandon Greaves, an an own goal, provided a cushion for the BSA. For Combined Clubs Skakelle Ifill and Javon Taylor were the goal scorers.
In the other semi-final between Gasparillo and Kick Start the large crowd at the Barbados Community College grounds were kept enthralled by the skill of both teams. This was not only the best game of the zone but possibly the best game of the tournament.
Gasparillo started like champions, dominating in midfield and releasing their forwards only to be twarted by excellent goalkeeping by the Kick Start custodian.
It could have been all over for Kick Start by half-time if not for some resolute defending. In the second half defence turned to offence and two brilliant strikes from Eric Joseph and Brian Johnson tilted the game in Kick Start’s favour. But Gasparillo were far from done and pressed hard but could only reply once to lose 2-1. Tomorrow’s final will see Kick Start take on Barbados Soccer Academy.