There were goals aplenty on Saturday in the final of the Under-9 Guardian Group Youth Football Tournament when Kick Start Sparks defeated challengers West Coast Youth Soccer Academy 5-1 at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
Joshua Waithe opened the scoring for Kick Start in the sixth minute, followed by Matthew Clarke who netted in the 8th minute. West Coast’s lone goal came from the tournament’s best midfielder and Most Valuable Player Roniko Harding in the 12th minute. But Kick Start continued to dominate and put the game away when they scored again in the 14th, 18th and the 29th minutes.
In the third place play-off, Pro Shottas Spurs defeated their brother team Pro Shottas United 4-1. United’s Darelle Pilgrim opened the scoring in the 5th minute, but they failed to add any further goals. Spurs then scored in the 8th and 16th minutes, with those two goals coming from Dyan Inniss. Ari Manning and Ethan Rollock added the final goals in the 22nd and 26th minutes respectively.
In an action-packed final of the Under-15 category, Mavericks Heat edged Pro Shottas United 3-2 before a jubilant crowd of Mavericks supporters. Zidan Clarke ensured an early lead for Mavericks in the 18th minute when he placed one beautifully in the back of the nets. Top goal-scorer of the Under-15 category Thierry Gale added another goal to his tally in the 31st minute for Pro Shottas to level the score before half-time.
The game was seemingly heading for a tie when Zachary Bellamy scored for Pro Shottas in the 60th minute followed by a response by Mavericks five minutes later to level the score once again. With the scores locked after full-time, extra time of five minutes each half was instituted. However, Clarke would net one for Mavericks just short of the second five minute extra time interval to deliver the victory and championship to Mavericks.
In the third place play-off, Kick Start Gunners defeated Gall Hill 3-1. Dwayne Cadogan netted in the 12th minute for Gall Hill to set the pace of the game. However, they failed to add any further goals to the score line. A response came from Kick Start compliments Eliam Pearson in the 16th minute, then again a mere two minutes later to place the Gunners at an advantage over Gall Hill. Gall Hill failed to respond during the second half of the game and Kick Start took home the third spot in the tournament.
The finals of the Under 11, 13 & 17 categories will be held on April 2 at the AstroTurf.