La Pastora Government, Scarborough RC Girls and Arima Boys’ Government all won titles when the Atlantic National Primary Schools Football League Finals were held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, yesterday.
La Pastora won the boys Under-12 title, Scarborough claimed the girls Under-15 title and Arima Boys’ copped the boys Under-15 crown.
La Pastora gave their huge contingent of supporters something to cheer about with a 2-0 win over Eastern Boys’ Government in the boys Under-12 final. The La Pastora players could not ask for more support as their fans continuously shouted, “La Pastora we want a goal, La Pastora we want a goal.” La Pastora and Eastern Boys could not find the back of the net as the first half ended 0-0.
Despite the support for La Pastora, Eastern Boys started the second half the stronger team and created numerous chances. One attempt by Eastern Boys struck the crossbar, while the La Pastora goalkeeper kept the match goalless with two brilliant saves.
The goalkeeper’s heroics seemed to inspire La Pastora as they took the lead through Jadiel Joseph. Joseph, who also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, grabbed his second when he easily slotted home a cross from the right side to seal the win.
In the Under-15 girls final, Scarborough RC made their trip from Tobago count with a 2-1 victory over St Agnes AC Girls. Kaleah Duke and J’Eleisha Alexander scored for Scarborough, while Mariah Williams got on the score sheet for St Agnes. After Scarborough took a 1-0 lead at the half, St Agnes equalised with a low shot 10 metres from goal. St Agnes could not hold on to the lead for long, as Scarborough scored the winner immediately after the equaliser by St Agnes. Alexander won the MVP award.
Arima edged Bon Accord Government 1-0 in the first final of the day.
Ability Hazel found the winner, while Addae Paponette of Arima earned the MVP award. President Anthony Carmona attended the finals and took photos with the teams at the prize-giving ceremony.