T&T Stars win inaugural Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup
T&T Stars celebrate lifting Charity Cup trophy. Photo courtesy Caribbean Action Images/Allan V Crane
The Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup hosted by the Can Bou Play Foundation kicked off with a flurry of fanfare at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday 15 December with T&T Stars coming out on top in the three-team tournament that also involved Deportivo Point Fortin and hosts Can Bou Play United.
The star-studded squads were finalized during the NLCB draft held a few days before the forty-five minute per match tournament, with T&T Womens National Team icons Kennya “Yaya” Cordner, Ahkeela Mollon and Karyn “Baby” Forbes joining their Men’s National Team counterparts Kenwyne Jones and Densill Theobald on Can Bou Play United.
Meanwhile T&T Stars boasted current National Team standouts Alvin Jones, Joevin Jones, Kevin Molino and the recently retired Jan-Michael Williams. Deportivo PF called up a few heroes of their own in Andrei Pacheco, Justin Sadoo, Judah Garcia and Andre Toussaint.
Secondary Schools Football League and St Augustine Secondary starlet Tyrese Spicer, who was also drafted onto the Stars roster, went onto lift the Mindology MVP at the inaugural tournament after notching two goals and an assist in an exciting showing.
“Winning the MVP Trophy caught me by surprise and it’s an honor to get the award,” said an elated Spicer. “Playing alongside those stars was an unexplainable feeling.”
“Seeing players like Joevin Jones, Alvin Jones, Molino, Jan on TV most of my life and now playing on the same team with them is a great feeling.”
“During the match they were talking to me, saying play simple, play without fear and take your opportunities and I ended up scoring two goals and getting one assist. After the game Joevin had a personal chat with me over the phone telling me to keep my head in the game and always stay humble.”
Spicer’s two goals also meant he shared the Ultimate Indoor Facility Golden Boot with team mates Alvin Jones and Halifax Wanderers forward Akeem “Froggie” Garcia while Deportivo PF’s custodian Miguel Payne was awarded the West Kool Air Conditioning Golden Glove.
Deportivo PF opened the Charity Cup against Can Bou Play United with the southerner’s full back Ronell Paul opening the scoring. In the final minute of the game however Kenwyne Jones rolled back the years to thump home a trademark header form a Theobald corner to send the game into penalty kicks.
From there, it was the Miguel Payne show as the Point Fortin goalkeeper wrapped up important shoot out saves to give his team the opening game win.
Deportivo’s luck ran out in the second game however as T&T Stars put their foot on the accelerator in the closing stages of the match. After 20 mins, the score was locked at 1-1 with Akeem Garcia scoring first before the classy Andre Toussaint equalized for Deportivo.
Leston Paul then restored the lead for Stars before Spicer added gloss to the scoreline with a brace.
In the final game of the Forty5 Charity Cup, Can Bou Play United entertained T&T Stars with former Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper making his debut for the hosts between the sticks.
Kirkland however could not prevent the marauding Alvin Jones from scoring low into the bottom corner. It soon got worse for Can Bou Play as Alvin got his second a few minutes later.
Sean de Silva rounded Stars goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams in the 41st minute to give Can Bou Play some hope at the death but (A) Garcia put the icing on the cake for the champions with seconds left on the clock.
Can Bou Play United’s Kennya Cordner, who won the 2019 Norwegian Toppserien Golden Boot, was really pleased to a part of Can Bou Play’s initiative and commented on the togetherness and collective spirit on show at the first time event.
“It was really great. Love how everyone had a great time and the energy and positive vybz of everyone made it even more enjoyable,” said Cordner.
Can Bou Play Foundation will continue to pioneer youth development programs and initiatives in 2020 and would like to thank its partners of the Forty5 Charity Cup for their continued support: Creamery Novelties, NLCB, Sportway, Blue Waters, Rock Hard Cement, VKD Transport Ltd, Caribbean Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Institute, Ace II Popcorn, Snack Pack, Swiss Miss, Inshore Transport Services, MRI of T&T, Southern MRI, Ultimate Indoor Facility, Punchy Punch, TOAST, Bold by Jehue, Sunshine Snacks, Scotiabank, Caribbean Action Images, HD Media and HOTT 93.5
Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup Results
Can Bou Play UTD 1 (Kenwyne Jones 45), Deporitvo Point Fortin 1* (Ronell Paul 39) - DPF won on penalties
T&T Stars 4 (Akeem Garcia 11, Leston Paul 29, Tyrese Spicer 37, 43), Deporitvo Point Fortin 1 (Andre Toussaint 16)
Can Bou Play UTD 1 (Sean de Silva 41), T&T Stars 3 (Alvin Jones 9, 32, Akeem Garcia 43)
Ultimate Indoor Facility Golden Boot: Tyrese Spicer, Alvin Jones & Akeem Garcia (T&T Stars)
West Kool Air Conditioning Golden Glove: Miguel Payne (Deportivo PF)
Mindology Trinidad MVP: Tyrese Spicer (T&T Stars)
Can Bou Play UTD: Yohance Marshall (head coach), MX Prime & Iceman of Ultimate Rejects (Celebrity Technical Directors), Chris Kirkland, Sean de Silva, Kenwyne Jones, Ahkeela Mollon, Karyn Forbes, Kennya Cordner, Elton John, Keston George, Jared Bennett, Julius James, Akim Armstrong, Kai Phillip, Kevon Villaroel, Densill Theobald, Anfernee Bascombe, Shabaka Mahluli, Nicholas Dillon
T&T Stars: Derek King (head coach), Preedy, JJ and Tamar Watson (Celebrity Technical Director), Jan-Michael Williams, Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Kern Cupid, Kimika Forbes, Alvin Jones, Duane Muckette, Leston Paul, Andre Rampersad, Akeem Garcia, Mekeil Williams, Ataualla Guerra, Dexter Alleyne, Fuad Abu Bakr, Trent Weekes, Isaiah Williams
Deportivo Point Fortin: Reynold Carrington (head coach), Keevo (Celebrity Technical Director), Weslie John, Miguel Payne, Andrei Pacheco, Justin Sadoo, Ronell Paul, Jeremiah Kesar, Ezekiel Kesar, Terese Salick, Andre Toussaint, Denzil Smith, Steven Joseph, Elijah Alleyne, Frae Gervais, Adan Noel, Justin Cornwall, Ackeel Jacob, Jordan Britto, Judah Garcia