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Youth Cup finals on Saturday


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The stage is set for the finals in both tiers of the Under-9 and Under-11 divisions of the Barbados Football Association’s Scotiabank National Youth Cup on Saturday at the old Banks Brewery Ground in Wildey.

Playing at the American University of Barbados Ground in Wildey (formerly LIME) last Saturday, eight teams advanced after clear-cut victories over their opponents.

In the Tier 2 final of the Under-9 division, it will be White Hall taking on United Stars Alliance after both teams enjoyed easy wins in the semi-finals. White Hall defeated All Stars Elite 2-0 as Maleek Peters and Danari Griffith both had goals.

In the other game, United, who have been a force to reckon with after romping into a position of dominance in their debut year, whipped Empire 3-0 with a brace from Jahi Browne and a strike by Malachi Haniff.

Going after glory in Tier 1 are Kick Start Hot Shots and King’s Park Rangers (KPR). The Hot Shots dispatched bitter rivals Pro Shottas in a heated exchange which saw the sides locked in a 0-0 stalemate at the half. In the second, Beau Washington, Harry Smith and Jacob Gollop each scored a goal for Kick Start while Levi Griffith knocked home a consolation for Pro Shottas.

KPR stunned fellow up-and-coming club Fitts Village West Coast 2-0 to secure the other finals berth with goals on either side of the half-time break by Obataiye Sealy.

In Under-11 action, United Stars Alliance will be after another Tier 1 spot as they advanced with a 2-1 win over Ellerton. Leading 1-0 at the half, United went on to win 2-1 with goals from Jalanico Marshall. Ellerton’s goal came from a beautiful volley by Ajani Payne.

Fitts Village West Coast also reached the finals as they stopped Barbados Youth Service dead in their tracks in their semi-final.

They came away 3-1 winners with Nathan Scott scoring twice and Roniko Harding scoring the other goal. With West Coast scoring first, Youth Service drew level with a goal from Kaelan Blackman before their opponents scored two more goals.

Pro Shottas stormed into the Tier 1 final when they decimated Mavericks 7-0.

Leading 3-0 at half-time, goals came from Joshua Connell, Ari Manning and Ronan Lee while both Tremon Francis and Zachari Yard had braces.

Pinelands booked their berth in rather contrasting fashion as a single goal by Shakoby Brathwaite gave them a 1-0 win against Kick Start.

The action is set to kick off at Banks on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. with the third-place play-offs in both divisions.

Finals action starts with United Stars Alliance and White Hall clashing at 10:45 a.m. for the Under-9 Tier 2 championship. Kick Start Hot Shots and King’s Park Rangers go after the Tier 1 title at 11:45 a.m.

The Under-11 Tier championship is at 12:45 p.m. between West Coast and United Stars Alliance. Tier 1 will be a battle between Pro Shottas and Pinelands Academyat 1:45 p.m. (BFA)


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