Malachi Hazel of FC Ginga was named the "Most Valuable Player" of the Concept Coaching Under-14 Youth Football Tournament "Carnival Edition" which ended on the weekend at Constantine Park in Macoya, Tunapuna.
Hazel played a major part in leading his team to the youth title and on Saturday, Ginga defeated Hearts of Maloney, 5-1 in the final of the competition which played on each Saturday during the past month, starting on February 2. All matches were played at the Macoya venue.
Aailyah Trim opened the scoring for Ginga as early as the eighth minute. Her teammate Ronaldo Rogers, who later won the "Golden Boot" award for most goals (7) scored in the tournament, put his team further ahead 2-0. The score remained unchanged at half time.
In the second half of the 60-minute match, captain Phillip Tinto managed to pull a goal back for Hearts of Maloney in the 41st to trail 2-1 but that did not slow the Ginga team as it kept attacking.
So much so that a minute later, Ginga got its third item (42nd) which came off an own goal. Some 13 minutes later, Jevaughn Drakes got his name on the scoresheet putting Ginga up, 4-1 with a goal in the 55th before the win was sealed by Caleb Boyce with a 59th-minute item.
Earlier in the bronze-medal match, Joshua Batson scored the winner for Iesous El Dorado A team, who edged Santa Cruz United 1-0 to capture the third place.
In other awards handed out in the tournament, which was sponsored by Malta Carib, Prestige Holdings, KFC and Aaron Thomas, the Councillor for Caura/Paradise/Tacarigua, Jayheim Blake (Ginga) emerged with "Best Goal-keeper" award and the "Most Outstanding Coach" award was presented Dwayne "Shaka" Brewster (Shaka FC).
Presenting awards were former FIFA referee and match commissioner Glorick Maynard, Sergeant Kevin Martin, Roxanne McIntosh, the operations manager and assistant secretary Dana Joseph.
FC Ginga 5 (Aailyah Trim 8th, Ronaldo Rogers 27th, 42nd own goal, Jevaughn Drakes 55th, Caleb Boyce 59th) vs Hearts of Maloney 1 (Phillip Tinto 41st).
Iesous El Dorado A 1 (Joshua Batson) vs Santa Cruz United 0
Golden Boot: Ronaldo Rogers (FC Ginga) - 7 goals
Most Valuable Player: Malachi Hazel (FC Ginga)
Best Goal-keeper: Jayheim Blake (FC Ginga)
Most Outstanding Coach: Dwayne "Shaka" Brewster (Shaka FC)
1 FC Ginga
2 Hearts of Maloney
3 Iesous El Dorado A
Most Disciplined team: Tzion Gates Football Academy