Stefano Wright scored a pair of second-half goals to earn Plymouth-based Stokely Vale FC a 4-2 triumph against FC Goodwood in the Tobago Football Association’s National Lotteries Control Board FA Trophy final at the Mt Pleasant Recreation, Mt Pleasant, last Friday.
The tournament’s fairytale team, Goodwood, struck as early as the eighth minute through Mark Agard but then gifted Stokely Vale the equaliser when Clearance Rennie conceded an own-goal in the 29th for both teams to go in 1-1 at the half-time whistle.
Six minutes after the restart, Wright got his first to put his Stokely Vale ahead for the first time but Goodwood soon got back on level terms via Deon Thomas in the 58th minute.
Stokely Vale then took to the front again in the 77th minute thanks to L’Che Edwards and four minutes later Wright got his second to push the lead to 4-2, after which Goodwood struggled to mount another fightback.
With the win, Stokely Vale walked away with $25,000 while Goodwood picked up $12,000 for the second spot.
In the semifinals at the same venue on Tuesday night, Stokely Vale needed a 46th-minute equaliser from Edwards to cancel out Keanuo Brathwaite’s 33rd-minute opener for Carnbee/Mt Pleasant, before eking out a 4-3 penalty-kicks win.
And in the second semifinal, Kursel Vincent banged home a decisive4 74th-minute item to earn FC Goodwood a 2-1 triumph over Sidey’s FC.
Deon Thomas had given FC Goodwood a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute before Pavel Warrick drew Sidey’s level in the 61st, only for Vincent to strike and continue his team’s fairy-tale run. Before the FA final, Sidey’s also won narrowly over Carnbee/Mt Pleasant in the third-place match 3-2.
Brandon Benjamin and Kyle Davidson netted in the 21st and three minutes into time added on at the end of the first-half for Sidey’s to lead 2-0.
Axel George pulled a goal back for Carnbee/Mt Pleasant in the 52nd, only for Pavel Warrick to restore Sidey’s two-goal cushion in the 66th.
But six minutes later, Navelle Roach netted a second for Carnbee/Mt Pleasant to get his team within one goal again at 2-3. In the end, however, Sidey’s held on for the win.
Meanwhile, Belle Garden FC and Carnbee/Mt Pleasant FC registered lopsided wins when matches in the Tobago Football Association Premier Division resumed on Sunday with a double-header at Mt Pleasant.
In the opener, Carnbee/Mt Pleasant FC hammered Lambeau FC 5-0 with a goal each from Darielle Alleyne (11th), Tyrese Sandy (29th), Kareem Agard (31st penalty), Lester Roberts (37th penalty) and Axel George (75th) to improve to 34 points from 19 matches, four adrift of Stokely Vale and Signal Hill.
In the other matchup, Henson Charles banged in six goals in the 29th, 51st, 55th, 66th, 80th and 87th minutes in Belle Garden’s 10-4 blasting of Bethel United.
Christian Job added a pair of goals for Belle Garden (31st & 84th) while Tyreece Taylor (70th) and Dillon Villafana (77th) also netted in the win as they also moved to 34 points, but from 18 matches, into fifth.
The quartet of Nickolas Smart (seventh), Tirel Chadband (ninth), Turrel James (19th) and Keston Duncan (40th) got the goals for Bethel United, who remained 13th with 13 points, the same at FC Goodwood.
PLYMOUTH STOKELY VALE 4 (Stefan Wright 51st, 81st, Clearance Rennie 29th o.g, L’Che Edwards 77th) v FC GOODWOOD 2 (Mark Agard 8th, Deon Thomas 58th)
hird place: SIDEY’S FC 3 (Brandon Benjamin 21st, Kyle Davidson 45th, Pavel Warrick 66th) v CARNBEE/MT PLEASANT 2 (Axel George 52nd, Navelle Roach 72nd)
CARNBEE/MT PLEASANT FC 5 (Darielle Alleyne 11th, Tyrese Sandy 29th, Kareem Agard 31st pen, Lester Roberts 37th pen, Axel George 75th) v LAMBEAU FC 0
BELLE GARDEN FC 10 (Henson Charles 29th, 51st, 55th, 66th, 80th, 87th, Christian Job 31st, 84th, Tyreece Taylor 70th, Dillon Villafana 77th) v BETHEL UNITED 4 (Nickolas Smart 7th, Tirel Chadband 9th, Turrel James 19th, Keston Duncan 40th)
Upcoming matches: Tuesday
Golden Lane vs Sidey’s FC, Goodwood, 5.30 pm
Lakers v Mason Hall PYC, River Bank, 5.30 pm
Black Rock v St Clair Coaching School, Plymouth, 5.30 pm
Georgia FC v Calder Hall, River Bank, 7.30 pm
Thursday (October 31)
Bethel United vs Lambeau FC, Signal Hill, 5.30 pm
Signal Hill vs Carnbee/Mt Pleasant, Mt Pleasant, 5.30 pm
Leeds United vs Belle Garden, Mt Pleasant, 7.30 pm
Sidey’s vs Stokely Vale, Goodwood, 5.30 pm
Current Premier Division Standings
Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. Stokely Vale 16 11 5 0 53 8 38
2. Signal Hill 18 12 2 4 62 21 38
3. Sidey’s FC 16 11 2 3 48 19 35
4. Carnbee/Mt Pleasant 19 11 1 7 50 34 34
5. Belle Garden 18 11 1 6 41 33 34
6. Georgia Utd 17 9 6 2 40 15 33
7. Leeds Utd 15 10 2 3 43 15 32
8. Roxborough Lakers 18 10 1 7 37 24 31
9. Calder Hall 15 9 0 6 35 27 27
10. Black Rock 19 7 5 7 33 34 26
11. Golden Lane 16 6 5 5 43 22 23
12. FC Goodwood 16 4 1 11 20 29 13
13. Bethel United 19 4 1 14 28 67 13
14. St Clair C.S 19 3 2 14 19 82 11
15. Mason Hall PYC 18 3 1 14 21 57 10
16. Lambeau FC 18 1 0 17 12 94 4