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123 Goodness, San F’do Achievers and Trincity Nationals among Rep Cup winners; All Star teams selected

Former Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-15 attacker Jovonn Gomes took home the Golden Boot trophy and clinched selection to the Republic Cup Youth Football Tournament’s All Star team, after leading Trincity Nationals to the Trinidad Boys Under-19 title at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on Sunday.

Gomes struck late with his third goal of the competition in the final, as Trincity Nationals, the East Zone champions, defeated Cox Football Academy 1-0.

Photo: Trincity Nationals attacker Jovonn Gomes (left) celebrates his late winner against the Cox Football Academy during Republic Cup Youth Football U-19 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Trincity Nationals, like the other winners on the day, will play the Tobago champions and runners-up in a round-robin competition at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago on 3 August.

From 26 participants representing the North, East, and South/Central zones, the winners row read: Cox Football Academy (Girls Under-15), Achievers & San Fernando Academy (Girls Under-19), QPCC (Boys Under-14), 123 Goodness (Boys Under-16), and Trincity Nationals (Boys Under-19). 

Only the Cox FA girls will not travel to Tobago, since the Sister Isle did not have a Girls Under-15 competition.

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The national winners are due to receive cheques for TT$3,000 with rewards of TT$2,250 and TT$1,250 for second and third place respectively. Zonal winners will receive TT$500 each.

Photo: Achievers and San Fernando Academy players celebrate with the Republic Cup Youth Football Women’s U-19 trophy at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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On Sunday, the competition was sprinkled with former national under-14 and under-15 players, like the Trincity Nationals standout, Gomes. And, thankfully, the weather was good and the pitches were flawless, as fans enjoyed a day of quick, attacking football—notwithstanding four injuries that required attending from standby ambulances but were not particularly serious.

123 Goodness, the North Zone champions from Carenage, produced perhaps the biggest upset of the day as they shocked the Point Fortin Youth Academy, the South/Central Zone champions, 1-0 in the final. Josiah Sutton grabbed the winner with a neat late finish to decide the contest.

PFYA’s attacking gem Xarion France ended as the Under-16 division’s top scorer with three goals while the 123 Goodness pair of midfielder Ronaldinho Richards and utility player Mich’al John scored two goals each.

Photo: 123 Goodness midfielder Ronaldinho Richards (centre) takes on the Pt Fortin YA defence during Republic Cup Youth Football U-16 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Wencelaus John, the head coach and co-founder of 123 Goodness, said his team epitomised team spirit and credited the hard work done in training at the La Horquetta or L’anse Mitan recreation grounds.

The Boys Under-14 final was a cagy affair as QPCC edged Union Hall 1-0. The Parkites played conservative and patient football, particularly in the knockout stage, but proved to be deserved winners after Seth Hadeed’s left-footed snapshot separated the two finalists.

In the Girls U-19 division, Achievers & San Fernando Academy captured the national title with three group-stage wins (one via kicks from the penalty mark) while North Zone’s Score For Cancer finished second with two wins and one loss.

Photo: Achievers & San Fernando Academy attacker Aaliyah Hudlin (centre) runs at the Jason Spence Soccer Academy defence during Republic Cup Youth Football U-19 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Cox Football Academy also had a perfect record in the Girls Under-15 competition, as they won all three matches with Natalia Gosine scoring four goals in the process. 

Score for Cancer were again runners-up, although former National Under-14 forward Rasheeda Archer topped the scoring charts with five goals—the best individual tally on the day.

Score For Cancer also recorded the highest winning margin, as they trounced Kamillionaire FC 6-0. And, remarkably, 13 of their players were selected on the Girls All Star Team—an especially remarkable statistic for a seven-a-side competition.

Photo: Score for Cancer attacker Jessica Harrigan (right) takes a crack at the COFA goal during Republic Cup Youth Football U-19 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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The seven-a-side format was one of several significant changes in the 2022 Republic Bank youth tournament, which moved from All Sports Promotions to Gateway Athletics International this year.

Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-17 and Under-20 Team head coach Jason Spence, who steered the Jason Spence Soccer Academy to the South/Central Under-19 title and third place in the Trinidad competition on Sunday, described the 2022 Republic Cup Youth Football Tournament as a success.

I must say that it is running quite smoothly,” said Spence, who is also the head coach of the Gateway Athletics team for the TT WoLF competition. “This is all about the kids and it is so pleasing to see them out there expressing themselves and having a great time.

Photo: QPCC attacker Seth Hadeed celebrates his decisive goal against Union Hall Utd in the Republic Cup Youth Football U-14 final at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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“Just looking at the zonal winners receiving their prizes right after is such a joy… These small sided type tournaments are definitely the way to go.”

Gateway Athletics is run by director of operations Adrian Romain and managing director Shem Alexander. Alexander also coached Football With A Cause in the Republic Cup. They finished as defeated semifinalists in the Under-19 competition.

Spence expects that the competition would attract more girls teams in 2023 and suggested that a girls under-12 division be added.

Photo: A Cox Football Academy attacker (left) looks for a way to goal against COFA during Republic Cup Youth Football U-15 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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“All in all, now that sport is fully reopened and the Republic Cup is back,” he said, “I am sure next year more girls teams will be a part of it.”

Up next, Gateway Athletics will host a symposium for 30 male and 30 female footballers at Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s, on Friday morning. 

Darrel Marcelle, head coach at Edmonds College (USA) and former Women’s National Senior Team assistant coach, will make a presentation necessary for student-athletes to attain scholarships to the United States. Experienced educator Ann Braithwaite will also advise players on how to approach the SAT exams. 

Photo: Trincity Nationals attacker Khaleem Prince (left) advances with the ball during Republic Cup Youth Football U-19 action against Cox FA at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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The All Star players will enjoy a cocktail event that evening at the same venue, while there will be a “Player Skills Camp” from 10pm on Saturday and then 11-a-side All Star matches from 3pm on Sunday at UTT Ground, O’Meara.

The tournament organisers explained that the All Star teams (see below) were selected based on recommendations from participating coaches and tournament ambassador Robert Primus, who is a former Soca Warriors defender and World Youth Cup player.

Alexander reiterated that Republic Bank will not send an all-star team to a residential camp in Virginia, which was described as a “mix-up”.

Photo: QPCC defender Jelani Ottley (left) tries to muscle a Union Hall Utd player off the ball during the Republic Cup Youth Football U-14 final at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
Three QPCC players played without uniforms.
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“Gateway Athletics [are] going to Virginia but this is separate and apart from the Republic Cup tournament,” he said.

Alexander also suggested that the Republic Bank competition will return to its traditional 11-a-side format next year.

“Based on what the bank seems to want to do, it will revert to the 11-v-11,” he said.

Photo: A COFA player (left) keeps her eye on the ball while Cox Football Academy attacker Natalia Gosine during Republic Cup Youth Football U-15 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Girls Under-15

Group winners: Cox Football Academy

Runners-up: Score For Cancer

Girls Under-19

Group winners: Achievers & San Fernando SA

Runners-up: Score For Cancer

Photo The Score for Cancer head coach (green jersey) passes on instructions to his players during Republic Cup Youth Football U-15 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Boys Under-14 Final

QPCC 1 (Seth Hadeed), Point Fortin Youth Academy 0;

Boys Under-16 Final

123 Goodness 1 (Josiah Sutton), Point Fortin Youth Academy 0;

Boys Under-19 Final

Trincity Nationals 1 (Jovonn Gomes), Cox Football Academy 0.

Photo: 123 Goodness midfielder Ronaldinho Richards (left) tries to keep his balance during the Republic Cup Youth Football U-16 final against Pt Fortin YA at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Boys All Star Teams

Power to Make A Difference: Leonnes Neptune, Harrison Parks, Jovonn Gomes, Dwight Jordan (all Trincity Nationals), Amaree Tony (Futgof), David Charles (Southern Oilers), Lyshawn Morris (Point Fortin YA), Ferron Dhyllon (MIC IT), Deshawn Brown, Jamel Hargreaves (both Malabar FC), Jemaul Ashing, Andrew Nicome (both Football With A Cause), Seth Hadeed (QPCC), Dante Cooper (Coopers Coaching Academy), Yohance Nurse (Macoya Tigers).

Coach: Anthony Selby (QPCC).

Photo: Jason Spence Soccer Academy player Shania Edwards (left) tries to keep the ball from Achievers & San Fernando Academy player Breanna Dyeth during Republic Cup Youth Football U-19 action at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Right Start: Mikel Alfonso, Darrel Garcia (both Cox Football Academy), Shirvon Lewis (Malabar FC), Jaden Richardson, Nickel Dublin (both Ball Blasters Tobago), Andre Providence, Angel Aragonnes (both Football With A Cause), Jeremiah Daniel (Union Hall United), Jabari Ahing (Southern Oilers), Jeremiah Niles, Xarion France, Isaiah Jacob (all Point Fortin Youth Academy), Desailly Cowan, Jaydon Crichlow (both Macoya Tigers), Hakeem Lord (MIC IT).

Coach: Joel Warrick (Trincity Nationals).

Photo: A goalkeeper tries to hang on to the ball during Republic Cup Youth Football U-15 action between Cox Football Academy and COFA at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Girls All Star Teams

Power to Make a Difference: Serella Robaly (COFA), Tyesha Griffith (Cardinals), Orielle Martin, Rasheeda Archer, Daneelyah Salandy, Mariah Williams, Katelyn Darmant, Anastasia O’Brien, Cherina Steele (all Score for Cancer), Akilah Gomez, Sherice Nickie, Shania Edwards, Makala Fournillier, Shaliza Munga (all Jason Spence Soccer Academy), Kimora Mitchell (UULS).

Coach: Prescott Nanan (San Fernando Achievers).

Photo: Score for Cancer player Cherina Steele (foreground) tries to control the ball during Republic Cup Youth Football U-15 action against Cox FA at the Ato Boldon Stadium Training Field in Couva on 3 July 2022.
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Right Start: Rayniah Renne, Nikita Gosine, Natalia Gosine (all Cox Football Academy), Tayeann Wylie, Amanda Nannan, Aaliyah Hudlin, Janike Ramoutar, Raylana Francis (all San Fernando Achievers), Angel Beros, Trishell Charles, Breanna Smith, Jessica Harrigan, Faith Alexander, Hannah Vieira (all Score for Cancer), Priscilla Frasier (COFA).

Coach: Jason Spence (Jason Spence Soccer Academy).

About Andrew Gioannetti

Andrew Gioannetti is a freelance writer with over ten years of experience in local media, contributing to sports, news, and feature articles at the T&T Guardian, T&T Newsday, and several magazines and publications.

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