FOR the third straight year, the Caribbean Football Union
(Under-15) Youth Cup featured guest teams and just as in
the previous two staging of the tournament in T&T, one
of the guest teams won the title.
Hosted by the T&T Football Federation, the Youth Cup
featured 17 regional teams and guest team El Salvador.
Led by the prolific, Jerrel Britto, the reigning T&T
Pro League Under-15 Player of the Year, the
local youngsters slammed Bahamas 9-0 in the opening match
with Britto scoring a beaver-trick.
T&Ts goalspree in the first match set the tone
as a total of 159 goals were scored in the 31 matches played.
The host country led the scoring with 27 goals from six
matches closely followed by Guyana (25) and El Salvador
At the start of the tournament, T&T, under the supervision
of first time coach and former national captain Reynold
Carrington had high hopes of winning a first title.
But once again, the locals fell at the semi-final and had
to settle for third spot with a 5-0 bashing of Guyana, led
by Brittos hat-trick which carried his tournament
tally to 15 goals.
In the final, Ricardo Guevara and Cristian Noe Bustillo,
two of El Salvadors talented youngsters scored doubles
as they became the third straight non-caribbean team to
win the Youth Cup with a 7-1 demolition of surprise finalist
Barbados on Thursday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
El Salvadors success came on the heels of triumphs
by Canada and Mexico.
In 2005, Canada won the first title after defeating Guatemala
4-0 in the final while Jamaica took third-place with a 3-0
win over T&T under coach Ken Elie.
Last year, Mexico captured the Cup, when it was an Under-16
event, after topping Haiti 3-0 in the final at the Hasely
The 2006 tournament, which also doubled as the Caribbean
preliminary qualification to the Concacaf Under-17 final
round, had the Anton Corneal-coached T&T taking third
following a 2-0 triumph over Jamaica.
Reflecting on the tournament, coach Carrington said he is
hoping for a better alliance involving all stakeholders
responsible for the development of footballers at the youth
level in T&T.
Carrington described his first coaching tenure with a national
team as a valuable learning experience.
welcomed the experience as it opened up a different aspect
of coaching for me. We did well against the CFU teams but
against El Salvador, we saw that we have much work to do,
He hopes now that the team has come up short against Central
American opposition, it will be a wake up call to the younger
players as well as the coaching staff involved.
Carrington was high in praise for Jerrel Britto as one of
the standouts as well as 13-year old Tobago-born goalkeeper
John Thomas, striker Anslem Jackson and defenders Akeem
Grant and Shaquille Stewart as promising.
(Britto) needs to keep focused. He also needs a lot of work
in terms of his fitness. This is where the schools and clubs
have to help more.