Fonando Forces Rose Hall defeated West Side Riders Edinboro 1-nil to clinch the North Mississauge Soccer Club trophy in the under-16 soccer fest in North Leeward on Sunday.
The matches were played in a round-robin format, with Edinboro, Rose Hall, Rose Bank, and Troumaca participating.
On their way to reaching the final, Rose Hall overcame Rose Bank 1-nil, via a lovely right-foot shot from striker, Raheem O’Garro.
In their second game they came up against stiff challenge from Troumaca, who drew first blood.
However, Rose Hall pressed harder and was rewarded after Oshurn Stapleton dribbled pass two defenders and placed the ball to the left of the keeper to level the score.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Earlier, Edinboro defeated Troumaca 1-nil. Kishorn Durham produced a magnificent shot to the top right-hand corner, reducing the keeper to a spectator. Durham also played a vital role in Edinboro’s thrashing of Rose Bank, scoring 4 goals, as his team beat Rose Bank 6-nil.
The final was contested in a tense atmosphere. Rose Hall, coached by Kenville Horne, was spurred on by the home crowd, while Edinboro was motivated to take the trophy and the gold medals back to West Kingstown.
There were some heated moments between a few of the players on the field, resulting in the referee cautioning them.
Benitton Stapleton intercepted a pass from an Edinboro defended and wasted no time in sending a powerful low shot into the Edinboro goal, much to the delight of the crowd.
Stapleton’s goal proved to be the winner.
Most goal of the tournament — 5– went to Kishorn Durham.
The event was organized by the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Alliance for Sports and Physical Education (SVGASPE) and spearheaded by SVGASPE caretaker Ian Hypolite and the Kenville Horne Sports Academy (KHSA).
Assistance was received from the Division of Sports, Premier Distributors, ED Laynes, Coreas, and Canada-based football club, Richmond Hill and North Mississauge Soccer Club.
Hypolite hailed the event as a very successful one, and hinted that plans are in place to have another tournament at Ottley Hall in December.
There was also hula-hoop, mini cricket, and other games.
Each player was given a small token for participating.