DEPORTIVO PF YOUTHS, of Point Fortin, will face undefeated home team MaGuaya United in Sunday’s final of the inaugural NLC Limited U19 Championship at the Mayaro Recreation Ground.
Organisers have shifted the final from Marabella to Mayaro, along with the third-place play-off between beaten semi-finalists Gasparillo Youths and D.C.S./Dass Trace.
Fans attending the Mayaro doubleheader will be able to see some of the stars of the 2019 Secondary Schools Football League, including the league’s MVP Jaiye Sheppard of Presentation College of San Fernando, Naparima College stars Isa Bramble and Decklan Marcelle, and former Naparima College standouts Nickel Rawlins and Reynaldo McIntosh
Tournament public relations officer Germaine Jordan stated: “With Kiddies Carnival scheduled to be in Marabella on Sunday and several streets around Manny Ramjohn Stadium closing to drive-through traffic, the tournament committee felt it in the best interest of all parties to make the move to Mayaro.”
On Saturday, Giant killers Deportivo P.F. Youths knocked off previously undefeated Gasparillo Youths 1-0 in their semi-final match before of a packed Mayaro Recreation Ground audience. The match winner came from Sheppard.
In the other semi-final Isa Bramble scored a double as MaGuaya United defeated a plucky D.C.S./Dass Trace team by a 3-1 scoreline to earn their place in the tournament finale.
Teams in the tournament have been vying for cash prizes sponsored by Next Level Consulting Limited, as well as the Championship trophy, medals and other prizes. In addition, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament will be going on trial with Halifax Wanderers, the Canadian Professional League team managed by former national team head coach Stephen Hart.
The tournament is being sponsored by Ramlogan & Sons Sports (Couva & Marabella), Ramsingh Sportsworld, National Energy Corporation, and Maritime Financial Group.
FINAL MATCHES (Sunday):
Venue: Mayaro Recreation Ground
Gates open at 1 p.m.
ADMISSION: ($20). Children under 12 are FREE
THIRD PLACE: Gasparillo Youths v D.C.S./ Dass Trace, 1.45 p.m.
FINAL: MaGuaya United v Deportivo P.F. Youths, 3.45 p.m.