Jaiye Sheppard scored a hat-trick to lead Deportivo P.F Youths to an emphatic 6-1 mauling of SP Boyz in their Next Level Consulting (NLC) Limited Under-19 Division Community Invitational Football Tournament quarterfinal at the Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin on Saturday.
Sheppard who attends Presentation College of San Fernando was voted as the 2019 Secondary Schools Football League after his 14 goals on the season helped claimed the Coca-Cola South zone InterCol crown and first-ever National InterCol title for his school.
The trio of Ezekiel Kesar, Yohan Romano, and Raesean Paul were also on target for Deportivo P.F Youths who will now meet Gasparillo Youths in the semifinals at the Mayaro Recreation Ground on February 8 from 1.45 pm, while MaGuaya United and DCS/Dass Trace clash in the second semifinal from 3.45 pm. Malik Phillip netted the lone item for SP Boyz.
On Sunday last in the final quarterfinal at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella Field 1, Gasparillo Youth won for the 11th straight match, a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph against All Blacks FC.
Jaden Grant fired All Blacks FC ahead but Gasparillo Youths got strikes from Ricardo Williams and Nikel Rawlins to secure the win.
DCS/Dass Trace got the better of Trendsetter Hawks 7-6 on sudden-death penalty kicks after a goalless draw in their last-eight match-up while MaGuaya United whipped Mascall Football Academy 3-1.
For MaGuaya United, Isa Bramble another standout in the 2019 SSFL Premier Division for Naparima College netted two goals while Decklan Marcelle added the third item to cancel out Matthew-Lee Cummings' reply for Mascall Football Academy.
Following the semifinals on Saturday, the third-place and championship games are scheduled to be played at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on February 16.
Teams in the tournament are vying for $10,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Next Level Consulting Limited, as well as, the championship trophy, medals, and other prizes, while the “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) of the tournament will be going on trial in the Canadian Professional League with the Halifax Wanderers.
The winners will collect $5,000 while the second-place finisher gets $3,000 and third and fourth, $1,500 and $500 respectively.
Tournament organizers are extremely thankful to sponsors, Ramlogan & Sons Sports (Couva & Marabella), Ramsingh Sportsworld, and Maritime Financial Group
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On Saturday (Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin)
DCS/Dass Trace 0 vs Trendsetter Hawks 0
- DCS/Dass Trace won 7-6 on sudden-death penalty-kicks
Deportivo P.F. Youths 6 (Jaiye Sheppard 3, Ezekiel Kesar, Yohan Romano, Raesean Paul) vs SP Boyz 1 (Malik Phillip)
On Sunday (Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella Field 1)
MaGuaya United 3 (Isa Bramble 2, Decklan Marcelle) vs Mascall Football Academy 1 (Matthew-Lee Cummings)
Gasparillo Youths 2 (Ricardo Williams, Nikel Rawlins) vs All Blacks FC 1 (Jaden Grant)
Next Level Consulting Limited U-19 Division Community Invitational Football Tournament:
Final Pool Standings
Hearts of Maloney*6*1*1*4*9*23*4
Deportivo P.F Youths*10*4*1*5*21*12*13
All Blacks FC*10*3*0*7*8*19*9
Semifinals (February 8.)
Venue: Mayaro Recreation Ground:
Gasparillo Youths vs Deportivo P.F. Youths, 1.45 pm
MaGuaya United vs DCS/Dass Trace, 3.45 pm
NLCB supports UTT sports programme.
By JELANI BECKLES (NEWSDAY).
NATIONAL Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) has pumped almost $150,000 in funds to the sporting programme at the University of TT (UTT). The funds will help the university’s men’s and women’s football teams purchase uniforms for their trip to Mexico for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Americas Tournament from May 31 to June 10.
Last Thursday, a cheque worth $145,000 was handed over by NLCB to UTT at the NLCB corporate box at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair.
Susan Worrell, marketing and public relations officer at NLCB, attended the press conference.
Eight men’s and women’s teams will compete in the tournament in Mexico with the top two teams in each category advancing to the International University World Cup in China in 2021. Universities from Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and the US will also be represented in the qualifying tournament.
Ian Pritchard, senior manager of sports and recreation at the high performance programme at UTT, said, “We are extremely grateful and very, very thankful to NLCB for their assistance towards not just our sporting teams but to help with us with the development of our young athletes that we work to develop towards making them national athletes.” NLCB’s funding will be mainly used to buy uniforms for the sports teams at UTT that include football, netball, cricket, basketball, volleyball, track and field and table tennis.
Pritchard said UTT will be taking on fund raising initiatives for the Mexico trip including a virtual 5K, a soccer picnic, a boat ride and a barbeque.
Pritchard is counting on financial support so UTT can continue developing national athletes. “We have the track record to show how many national athletes we have created and developed in every discipline of sport at UTT.”
Several top local and regional athletes have attended UTT including T&T table tennis ace Curtis Humphreys, T&T netballer Samantha Wallace, West Indies leg spinner Hayden Walsh Jnr and a number of national volleyball players. UTT also has top coaches at their disposal including former West Indies cricketer Tony Gray and former national footballer Clayton Morris.