– S/Ruimveldt finish third
Amongst the most consistent performers at the Pee Wee level, West Ruimveldt was subjected to another heart break when they went down to St. Angela’s 2-1 in the final of the 3rd Smalta School Girls Football Competition on Saturday, at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.
St. Angela’s, who had already captured the Courts Boys Pee Wee Competition earlier in the year, became the second school to perform the feat in the calendar year following the exploits of Stella Maris.
Joint Most Valuable Player Nikasie St. Jules got things started for St. Angela’s when she expertly finished a buildup that started from the left flank to hand them the lead after six minutes.
The early ascendancy was all that St. Angela’s needed to drive the impetus in their players as they were frequently seen in the West Ruimveldt half searching for more success.
However, robust defending erased many opportunities and the teams went to the break with St. Angela’s clinging to a slim 1-0 advantage.
In the second period, West Ruimveldt came out in pursuit of the equalizer and nearly got it through tournament top goalscorer Gabriella McGarrell whose toe-punched effort was ruled to be a foul committed on the opposing goalkeeper.
Not to be outdone, the pint-sized, but nippy striker from St. Angela’s Carletta Ross, who was declared joint MVP with teammate St. Jules, gave her team a 2-0 cushion when she dispossessed a defender, before hitting a piledriver past the West Ruimveldt custodian in the 27th minute of play.
It became a situation of desperation for West Ruimveldt as they pushed forward in numbers and was rewarded through prolific McGarrell, who pierced the St. Angela’s backline with a powerful shot that blew past the keeper in the 29th minute.
It was the only goal they would score, before the final whistle sounded to signal triumph for St. Angela’s.
They walked away with the winning trophy and $100,000 towards a school project, while West Ruimveldt received a trophy and $75,000.
In the third place playoff, South Ruimveldt squeezed past St. Pius by a 1-0 margin with Raven Jacobs netting the winner in the 18th minute.
The full results and individual awards recipients are seen below:
West Ruimveldt-1 vs St. Angela’s-2
St. Angela’s scorers
West Ruimveldt Scorer
South Ruimveldt-1 vs St. Pius-0
North Georgetown-2 vs St. Stephen’s-0
Enterprise vs St. Agnes
Enterprise won via walkover
F.E. Pollard-2 vs Smith Memorial-2
Smith Memorial won 3-1 on penalty kicks
Alliyah Beverley-1st and 18th
Tucville vs Winfer Gardens
Winfer won via walkover
Redeemer vs St. Gabriel’s
St. Margaret’s vs Stella Maris
Best Coach Wayne St. Jules-St. Angela’s
MVP Carletta Ross and Nikasie St. Jules-St. Angela’s
Best Goalkeeper Theria Bishop-St. Angela’s
Highest Goalscorer Gabriella McGarrell-West Ruimveldt with 10 goals
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