GB Shipyard Wanderers win Whirlpool Youth Soccer Cup


In probably the most skilful game of the entire season, The Wanderers held of a late fightback from a gallant Cable Bahamas Stars to win the first Whirlpool Youth Soccer Cup.
In a cagey first half in which both teams struggled to outwit each other , the Wanderers went into an early lead with a fine opening goal; Ralstan Francis sliding the ball past the goalkeeper after good build up play from Youngster Aaron Levarity and Edward Beck . The goal galvanized Cable Bahamas who came back strongly but were frequently foiled by good work from Bryce Baynen, Joseph Hield and goalkeeper Roger Johnson. Indeed it was Keeper Roger the kitten Johnson who set up GB Shipyard Wanderers second goal with a long punt upfield which was knocked on by and Claudio Vietti and slotted home by Tristin Phillips.

All credit to Cable Bahamas Stars however as they dominated the second half searching for a way back into the game as the Wanderers sat back on the lead and surrendered territory Sam Taylor and Denzil Deveaux began to run the match creating good chances . Despite some near misses, however, Reko Jean and Nicholas Joseph continued to frustrate their opponents with some great defensive work .

The Stars Terry Augustin got a late consolation goal but despite throwing all players except Ossie Mcevoy and goalkeeper Sham Davis into attack they were unable to get the all important equalizer as the Wanderers won the first Whirlpool Youth Soccer Cup.

Coach Scott of the Wanderers was elated with the victory but , more importantly , the development of his team over the season believing that all his players had improved as individuals and as a team .

Borco Oilers took no mercy on a tired looking Dynamo Smit as Tootz Sands helped himself to a bagful of goals in a big win for the Oilers. Yardie got a consolation goal for the Dynamos as they look to regroup, pick up some strong players in the draft pick and come out a better team in the new spring season .

Next Wednesday , (February 21st) sees the presentation of trophies for the Whirlpool I League as well as individual awards for the players in the league and younger players in the Youth Soccer Programme. This will be preceded by an Under 11s all Star Game and then an I League All Star Game. . The whole evening is sponsored by local business Dolly Madsion .All parents are invited to attend from 5pm to 7pm .

The highlight of the evening however will be the Intermediate League Draft Pick . In an effort to ensure parity amongst all the teams , the best 12 players (as selected by the coaches) in the Whirlpool League will be drafted by the coaches for the new spring season which starts on February 28th. Last place Dynamo Smit have first pick , followed by Borco Oilers, then Cable Bahamas Stars and finally GB Shipyard Wanderers.

All new players aged 13 to 17 interested in playing in the new season should contact Mark Hardy at 357 5403

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