June 17, 2014
Team Crew place third in Guinness Street Football

Team Crew represented St Vincent and the Grenadines at this year’s Guinness Street Football Challenge in Trinidad and Tobago, but were unable to repeat the win they pulled off in 2012.{{more}}

Team Crew was made up of Kenson Stoddard (manager), Nicoli Williams (captain), Paul Farrell, Kirk Williams, Dwayne Dennie, Theon Gordon, Juma Jilkes and Rohan Thomas.

The competition, which was eventually won by the host nation’s Chelsea, saw them (Chelsea) coming from behind on Friday, June 6, (the first day of competition) to beat St Vincent to top Group A, before going on to whip Group B runner-up, St Kitts and Nevis, 4-2 in their semi-final encounter.

Similarly, Guyana closed out their Group B assignments with a 2-0 shutout of Dominica and booked a berth in the final with a 3-1 whipping of St Vincent in the other semi-final.

In the third-place play-off, St Vincent registered a 2-1 win over St Kitts and Nevis on the back of a brace from Paul Farrell in the 12th and 15th minutes. Anoy Liburd had a fourth minute item for St Kitts.

Trinidad ended up defeating Guyana 2-1 in the championship match of the regional finals which was held at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain on Saturday, June 7.

Both Guyana and Trinidad played unbeaten up to the finals.

By winning on Saturday, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country to successfully defend their title and also the first one to win a championship at home.

Meanwhile, Trinidad’s Kerron Ford also gave the hometown fans something to cheer about when he emerged victorious in the Skills competition. Ford, who last month claimed the national title from compatriot and defending regional champion Marc Taylor, went on to impress the judges to be unanimously given the nod.

T&T took home US$4,000 for the win while Guyana pocketed US$2,000 and SVG, US$1,500. Ford received US$1,000 for his triumph.