PRESS RELEASE – Over this Easter weekend the Flow-Trevor Daniel FDP hosted 3 clubs from Martinique and put on an extravaganza at the Vigie (Sab) Playibg Field.
Saturday April 15th & Sunday April 16th are dates permanently engraved in the hearts of the 200+ local players who got the opportunity to play against the visiting “french counterparts”.
The mini festival tournament was organized in 2 age categories Under 13’s & Under 11’s and was played on a Round-Robin basis. U13’s had teams which included Club Colonial from Martinique, while U 11’s saw 6 teams including Club Assaut & Reveil Sportif , both from Martinique.
There was also an exhibition U6 tournament which featured 32 of the most promising 5 & 6 year olds in the north of the island. (check out the U6 action at https://youtu.be/QlfqndV5BZ8)
After 25 matches, 6 hours, 89 goalie saves & 36 scored attempts on Day1, the semi finalist secured their places for Easter Sunday Spotlight. U13 semis featured “Flow TDFDP – Blue” Vs Club Colonial and “Flow TDFDP – Green” Vs First Touch. Club Colonial would defeat hosts 3-0 in a fantastic display of speed, skill & sportsmanship.
The locals had some brilliant moments & created some scoring chances but the visitors’ technique level gave them the advantage and the spot in the finals. In the second Semi, “Flow TDFDP – Green” Vs First Touch was a slightly more even affair as both teams created numerous goal-scoring chances and forced custodians to pull out magical saves at both ends of the pitch. In the end it would be First Touch claiming the second spot in the grand Final.
In the U11’s semis it was First Touch Vs Club Assaut then Flow TDFDP took on Reveil Sportif. With nothing but business on their minds First Touch FC was determined to remind the visitors, Club Assaut that our “warm friendly St.Lucian hospitality” was by no means a sign of weakness.
The next 30 minutes woulb be a battle of whit, tactics, and strategies and like 2 chess masters the respective coaches moved their players & the ball in an attempt claim a spot in the final. The visitors were relentless in their attacks but the First Touch goalie seemed to have grown wings as save after save after save he kept his team in the game, just keeping the scores leveled long enough to allow his team to score the one goal needed to put them into the finals.
In the second semi final it was a different story, Reveil Sportif was by no means here on vacation. The players were disciplined, organized & focused. They didn’t come to PLAY the semi; they came to conquer the opponent that might try to deny them their place in the final. They were well mannered & courteous; they played with good sportsmanship and dominated the affair.
The game ended 3-0 in the visitors favour and although Flow TDFDP put on a valiant effort, being without their dynamic strike duo; Nathan Alexander and Marcus Paul (who had to go to Easter Service before coming to play), the visitors played well and deserved the spot in the grand finals.
In the U11’s 3rd Place Flow TDFDP would defeat the Visitors Assaut by 2 goals to nil, with both goals coming from the lethal Nathan Alexander (fresh from church).
In the U11’s Championship match Reveil Sportif took home gold with 2 goals. First Touch playing a brilliant attacking game could not equalize a second time, would have to settle for their one goal by Jerick and 2nd place.
In the U13’s 3rd Place match, it was no love affair there, as the Flow-TDFDP Blue & Flow- TDFDP Green teams played not just for the bronze, but also for the converted right to brag for the next few weeks & months.
It was TDFDP- Blue winning 3-0 with 2 goals by Thristan Octave & 1 goal by Khaleb Guiste. In the Championship match the quality of play was the highest we had seen all weekend and it was deservingly the main event. The spectators witnessed end to end action with some brilliant passing combinations and solo efforts making the game an exciting nail biter. In the end was a solo effort by golden boot winner Mathyas Joseph who would take the ball from just over his half, and beat 3 defenders then to slot a thunderous strike to the lower left “90” past the first touch custodian. What a goal!!!
Kids, parents, coaches of the Flow Trevor Daniel Football Development Programme, invited local clubs, and the 3 visiting Martinique Clubs walked away from the Sab(Vigie) Playing Field very satisfied with the football experience & cultural exchange afforded then by the organizers & the sponsors FLOW(Main Sponsor), Sandals Resorts Int and The Ministry of Sports. We would like to thank you for your continued support to youth development & sports.
Look out for our next event “Mummies & Daddies ONLY Tournament” on Sunday April 30thfrom 10am. The event opens with an exhibition match featuring Flow-TDFDP Coaches VS Flow St.Lucia Staff .
Come see Coach Trevor, Coach Peppa, Coach Shem, Coach Sam, Coach Craige, Coach Jade, Coach Jehu, Coach Kelcy, Coach Sindell and Coach Penny show the telecom guys “This Is How We Play!!!” See you at the Sab (Vigie) Playing Field.