‘Bubba’, ‘J-Boy’, Shaheim and Lee earn All-star picks, as NLCL U-19 announces top performers

Cantaro United maestro Nathaniel ‘Bubba’ Perouse, Gasparillo Youths goalkeeper Raheem Lee, Malabar Young Stars forward Jorel ‘J-Boy’ Grant and free-scoring Soccer Made Simple defender Shaheim O’Brian are among the players whose individual performances will be recognised on Sunday 5 June in the NLCL Under-19 Community Cup All-Star Game.

The event splits the competition’s 16 teams into two groups: North/ East/Tobago and South/Central, with 20 players selected on either squad.

Photo: Cantaro Utd playmaker Nathaniel ‘Bubba’ Perouse (number 10, in green) prepares to volley home a last-minute equaliser against Malabar Young Stars during NLCL U-19 action at the Brian Lara Recreation Ground in Santa Cruz on 26 May 2022.
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Kick off is at 4pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium and entrance is free for patrons aged 12 and under while the cover charge is TT$20 for older spectators. There will be entertainment provided by a DJ at the venue.

The NLCL Cup resumes at the same venue on 12 June for the semifinal stage, with eastern outfit Soccer Made Simple tackling Tobago’s Eagles FC from 2pm while Cox Football Academy from south Trinidad faces Santa Cruz-based Cantaro United from 4pm.


Admission for the semifinals is TT$30 for adults and TT$15 for patrons aged 13 to 17 while younger children are free.

One notable omission from this weekend’s All-star outing is Malabar Young Stars defender Josiah Shade, who was ejected for violent conduct during the quarterfinal loss to Cox Football Academy.

Photo: Malabar Young Stars forward Jorel Grant (blue shirt) takes on the entire Trendsetter Hawks defence during NLCL U-19 Community Cup action at the Eddie Hart Ground in Tacarigua on 1 May 2022.
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Tournament director Brian Jordan said ‘due to a disciplinary matter, the tournament committee chose not to include him in this particular game’.

Jordan explained how the All-star teams were selected.

“Most teams would have selected the opposing team’s All-star or MVP after each game (on the request from the tournament committee),” said Jordan. “And then we had [former coaches] like Michael Grayson and Brian Williams attending games as well as committee members attending games. So the selection policy was all of the above.”

Photo: Moruga FC captain Matthew Lee Cummings (right) tries to elude a Point Fortin Youth Academy defender during NLCL U-19 Community Cup action at Techier Recreation Ground on 9 May 2022.
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(NLCL U-19 All-Star Teams)

North/East/Tobago

Goalkeepers: Isaiah Villaroel (Malabar Young Stars), Dmitrei De Freitas-Lewis (Eagles FC);

Defenders: Jeremiah Kennedy (Cantaro United), Tyrell Sandy (North Stars Academy), Mikal James (Jaric Titans), Ethan Friday (Malabar Young Stars), Israel Copeland, Shaheim O’Brian (both Soccer Made Simple),

Photo: Malabar Young Stars forward Jorel Grant (left) harasses Soccer Made Simple defender Jaheim O’Brian during NLCL U-19 Community Cup action at the Arima Velodrome on 5 May 2022.
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Midfielders: Jaheim Bruce, Darion Marfan (both Trendsetter Hawks), Quincy Eustache, Nathaniel Perouse (Cantaro United), Aaron Young (AC Port of Spain), Abraham Martin (Creek S&CC),

Wingers: Micah Hernandez, Aaron Raymond (both AC Port of Spain), Shakeem Melville (Tobago East Stars), Atiba O’Brien (Cantaro United),

Forwards: Jorel Grant (Malabar Young Stars), Terron Miller (Soccer Made Simple).

Photo: Gasparillo Youths goalkeeper Raheem Lee makes a powerful clearance during NLCL U-19 action against Cox FA at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 May 2022.
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South/Central

Goalkeepers: Raheem Lee (Gasparillo Youths), Jabari Codrington (Pitchmen FC),

Defenders: Adam Pierre, Joshua Kanhai (both Cox Football Academy), Jamal Trim (Pitchmen FC), Ephraim Brown, Darion Mohan (both Gasparillo Youths), Anthony Williams, Dwight Douglas (both Moruga FC), Kylon Cayenne (Point Fortin Youth Football Academy),

Midfielders: Terrell Abraham (Cox Football Academy), Ezra Williams (Cunupia FC), Joash Baird (Pitchmen FC), Kal-el Agard (Gaspard Youths), Xarion France (Point Fortin Youth Football Academy),

Photo: Moruga FC captain Tyrique Lucas (right) tries to keep the ball from Cunupia FC winger Winston Johnson Guerra during NLCL U-19 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 May 2022.
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Wingers: Darrel Garcia (Cox Football Academy), Jordan Lara (Cunupia FC), Jeremiah Niles (Point Fortin Youth Football Academy), Matthew-Lee Cummings (Moruga FC),

Forwards: Tyrique Lucas (Moruga FC), Nicholas Bobcome (Cunupia FC).

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