Resilience, infused with
attacking intent and potency, spurred John Hughes to their first Warriors Cup
title after they twice stormed back from going behind to outgun All Saints 4-2
in the finals at the Mack Pond Playing Field on Sunday.
Exhibiting an attractive style of
play, John Hughes overcame, conceding early to draw level before All Saints
retook the lead going into half-time,
However, John Hughes drew level
again early in the second period before they scored two more goals to seal the
Forward Shafeek Joseph, who scored twice to record three goals in the
tournament, gave United an early advantage when he capitalised of a defensive
mix-up to prod home from close range after three minutes.
But John Hughes, who like All
Saints had won their semi-finals matches by 6-0 margins last month, restored
parity from the penalty spot courtesy of the tournament’s Golden Ball winner
(MVP) Ricardo Thompson’s penalty kick five minutes later.
Joseph, who came close to winning
the golden boot award for being the top goal scorer but was edged out by Deno Bryan who scored twice to add to
his double in semis, restored the home side’s lead with a finish on the run.
After the break, Troy Jules, who was adjudged the Best Young
Player, restored parity as he shot under the body of the goalkeeper from a
tight angle to make 2-2. Jules, who ranges between the ages of 15-21 years,
received a two-year scholarship to a tertiary institution in Antigua.
Then Bryan took full advantage of
some poor defending to seal the win as he scored twice to leave the All Saints
men licking their wounds and send his teammates into celebration as they lifted
Unfortunately, John Hughes lost
their first-choice goalkeeper Khuwon
Stevens with a knee injury. After receiving treatment at the ground from
EMS personnel, he was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
His deputy, Keson Sutherland, who kept the first match, was named the best
At the awards ceremony, John
Hughes secured all the other individual prizes including Best Defender, Wendoll Burton; Best Midfielder, Thompson;
Best Coach, Henry Willis; and Best
Manager, Pat Spencer.
Ken Pennyfeather was named Referee-of-the-Tournament.
Organisers say next year’s
tournament will take place in early September.