BELIZE CITY, Mon. Jan. 2, 2017 – -The first ever Yabra 10 & Under, Football Championship was completed on a rainy Saturday afternoon, December 31, with the 3rd place and championship games being played at the MCC Grounds. Nevertheless, the kids were unfazed by the inclement weather, and played right through till the end. Premier League star Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton was the referee for both games.
The 3rd place game between Ladyville Rising Stars and Face of Belize had to go into overtime, and then a penalty shootout, in which Ladyville Rising Stars prevailed, 2-1, after 5 shots were taken by each team.
In the championship game, Carlston FC defeated City Boys, 2-1, in regular time. Goal scorers for Carlston FC were Tayshawn Broaster and Maximiliano Gonzalez; while Raymond Gentle, Jr. scored for City Boys.
The tournament results are therefore: 1st Place – Carlston FC; 2nd Place – City Boys; and 3rd Place – Ladyville Rising Stars.
Individual awards were given as follows:
MVP – Maximiliano Gonzalez (Carlston FC)
Best Forward – Raymond Gentle, Jr. (City Boys)
Best Midfield – Byron Ramirez (Face of Belize)
Best Defense – Albert Thurton, Jr. (City Boys)
Best Goalie – Ali Ryan Flores (Carlston FC)
Best Coach – Shawn Roches, Sr. (Carlston FC)
Special thanks to Mr. Rufino Lin & Sol Belize Ltd. for donating the trophies and individual team medals; Councillor, Mr. Phillip Willoughby for donatinig $50.00 each to the winners of the individual awards; Mr. Michael Lindo and BelCare Football Youth Academy for donating each team with individual footballs for players; and Mr. Jerome “Pealoff” Mejia and Leaton St. Clair for hosting the Yabra 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2016.
Stay tuned next for the Yabra Grassroots Tournament 2017.