TT$15,000 plus silverware at stake as NLCL U-19 Cup semis kicks off on Sun 12 June

The NLCL Under-19 Community Cup enters its semifinal phase on Sunday 12 June with four teams still standing: Soccer Made Simple FC from Arouca/ Trincity, Eagles FC from Tobago, Cox Football Academy from Palo Seco, and Cantaro United FC from Santa Cruz.

At stake is TT$7,000 plus a championship trophy and gold medals for the tournament winners, while second and place will receive TT$5,500 plus silver medals and TT$2,500 plus bronze medals respectively.

Photo: Cox Football Academy midfielder Terrell Abraham (right) tries to fire a shot past Gasparillo Youths midfielder Tydrel Granger during NLCL U-19 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 May 2022.
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Soccer Made Simple, the Group A winners, face Tobago champs Eagles FC from 2pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Cox Football Academy, the Group B champs, tackle Group A runners-up Cantaro United from 4pm at the same venue.

SMS striker Terron Miller is the joint highest goal scorer in the competition, alongside Malabar Young Stars’ Jorel Grant, with 13 goals from 11 matches so far. But he will have to find a way past Eagles custodian Dmitrei De Freitas-Lewis, who featured in last weekend’s all-star battle.

Cantaro playmaker Nathaniel ‘Bubba’ Perouse has been in tremendous form in this campaign too and got 10 of his team’s 25 goals in the competition. But Cox FA have some star quality of their own including lively winger Darrel Garcia.

There will be live DJ entertainment at the match venue while admission is TT$30 for adults and TT$15 for children 13 to 17-years-old. Patrons aged 12 and under can attend free of charge.

Photo: Cantaro Utd midfielder Nathaniel Perouse (left) tries to keep the ball from Malabar Young Stars right back Stefan Auguste during NLCL U-19 action at the Brian Lara Recreation Ground, Santa Cruz on 26 May 2022.
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All games will be broadcast live on Wired868’s YouTube page and on the Flow Sports app.

“As we come down the home stretch of the tournament, the football gets more and more intense, and I believe, even more enjoyable,” said tournament organiser Brian Jordan. “Having teams from four different zones in the semi-finals speaks to the quality coming out of the zones, and these teams—inclusive of players and staff—should all be commended. 

“We know their respective communities will be coming out in their numbers to strongly support them on Sunday.”

The NLCL U19 Community Cup’s organising committee also expressed gratitude to sponsors Next Level Consulting Limited, the Ministry of Sports and Community Development, Complete Distributors Limited, National Energy Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago, Soco Restaurant (NYC), National Lotteries Control Board, Southern Supplies Limited (SSL), Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago and Ramsingh’s Sports World for ‘their kind and generous contribution to youth football development, and to the safety and wellbeing of all our stakeholders’.

Photo: Cantaro United supporters enjoy the action during their thrilling 3-2 win over Malabar Young Stars at the Brian Lara Recreation Ground, Santa Cruz on 26 May 2022.
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The 2022 NLCL competition is the second edition of this community youth tournament. The inaugural event was won by MaGuaya United in 2020.

NLCL U-19 Community Cup semifinal fixtures

(12 June 2022)

Soccer Made Simple vs Eagles FC, 2pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Cox Football Academy vs Cantaro United, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

Photo: MaGuaya United captain Decklan Marcelle (centre) lifts the NLCL Community U-19 Invitational trophy after their 3-2 win over Deportivo PF in the final at the Mayaro Recreation Ground on 16 February 2020.
Looking on are tournament organisers Brian Jordan (front right) and Germaine Jordan.
There will be a new champion crowned in 2022.
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