Signal Hill United are champions of the 2016 Tobago Football Association FA Trophy competition, following an upset win in the final on Thursday last at Roxborough.
Playing under lights at the Cyd Gray Stadium, Signal Hill United, leaders in the Championship Division, edged Premier divisioners Golden Lane FC 3-1, thanks to a second half double from Omale Jackson.
Earlier in the evening, One Hope Village Milan (HV Milan) edged Roxborough Lakers 3-2 to finish third in the competition.
In the final, Signal Hill got off to a great start, as Azel Taylor gave them a shock 1-0 lead against the team from the top division in just the second minute. However, Kyron Grant replied for Golden Lane in the 19th, and the teams went in at the half level at one-each.
It remained that way until Jackson struck in the 63rd and 87th minutes, to win the trophy for Signal Hill United.
Signal Hill had also been impressive in their run up to the final, dropping first-divisioners One Hope Village Milan 5-1, with double strikes from Miguel George and Anson Campbell and another goal by Christopher Morgan. In the other semi-final, Golden Lane shut out Roxborough Lakers 2-0 in an all Premier Division affair, with goals from Kenvern Marcelle and Ryan John.
In the playoff for third place, Hope Village Milan opened the scoring in the 14th minute against Roxborough Lakers, through Nicholas Lewis, and Vaughn Edwards netted ten minutes before half-time to leave them up 2-0 at the interval.
Kareem Campbell’s penalty, five minutes after the restart, seemed to have secured the bronze medals, but Milan were forced to endure some anxious moments after Terquiel Mahabal (54th) and Shamir Reid (87th) brought Roxborough within one goal of forcing extra-time.
However, Milan held on for the 3-2 victory and third place in the Tobago FA Trophy competition.