Kyron Melville and Nigel Burnett were the only players on target during regulation time of the three finals played yesterday in the Atlantic National Primary School Football League and their accuracy earned their team, Bon Accord Government, the Under-15 boys' title while the other two champions were determined through penalty kicks after stalemates.
The action unfolded at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo in front of a star-studded crowd which included President Anthony Carmona and three-time Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson and another Olympian, sailor Andrew Lewis. Both Thompson and Lewis are Atlantic ambassadors.
President Carmona spent his morning viewing the opening match between Bon Accord and Enterprise Government and appeared very much pleased with the young talents, who fought till the final whistle to earn the national crown. In the end, it was St Agnes emerging with the 2-0 victory.
Bon Accord went into the lead in the 21st minute through a strike by Melville and went in at the half with a 1-0 lead.
On the resumption, Bon Accord went on the attack again but could not convert as Enterprise fought hard to level the scores. However, Burnett was not having it and off a right-footed bullet from 25 metres out, cemented the win for the Tobago champion.
Burnett was later named the "Most Valuable Player" (MVP) for his outstanding play in the finale.
In the second match of the triple-header, Sangre Grande Government prevailed over Bon Accord 2-1 on penalty kicks after a goalless scoreline at the end of regulation and extra time. Bon Accord missed two sitters and was left to rue its inability to score.
Good goal-keeping from the Sangre Grande custodian Tishana Orosco and impressive play from captain Aaliyah Trim ensured that the championship title was taken back to the North Eastern education district.
For her resilience in the goal, Orosco was adjudged the MVP after keeping Bon Accord attackers at bay.
In the final match-up, Whim Anglican took on St Agnes Anglican School in the U-12 title match and the two teams could not be separated staying goalless at the half-time interval. At full time, the scores remained unchanged as both teams created good scoring chances but neither could connect. It went down to penalty kicks and the former champion won 2-1.
Theo Carvador emerged the MVP for his defensive effort for the St Agnes unit and for scoring the final goal in the penalty shoot-out.
Present to meet the players for the three finals were Minister of Sport Darryl Smith, Theophilus Trim, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Sport and Education officer and Atlantic's Nigel Darlow, Chief Executive Officer, vice president, Corporate Operations, Toni Sirju-Ramnarine, Camille Salandy, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Communications, Derek Daniel, Manager Branding and Communications and Anil Seunath, Branding Officer.
President of the League, Kelvin Nancoo said, " This was a great day for sport. This was a day when Sport won. I must thank Atlantic for their great contribution to sport and education and hope they continue to assist our country as they have done for the past decade.
"This really was a big day to have the President of the Republic of T&T and her excellency Mrs Carmona hand out prizes and meet the players. Nigel Darlow could not have been a more gracious sponsor and I know they all thoroughly enjoyed the day. But today Sport and our Country won."
Under 15 Boys:
Bon Accord Gov’t 2-1 Enterprise Gov’t
Under 15 Girls:
Sangre Grande Gov’t 0-0 Bon Accord Gov’t
(Sangre Grande won 2-1 on penalty kicks)
Under 12 Boys:
St Agnes Anglican 0-0 Whim Anglican
(St Agnes won 2-1 on penalty kicks)