Brown Bombers win SMART Mundialito championship

By William Ysagirre The Brown Bombers triumphed 1-0 over the defending champions, Hattieville United Youth Sporting Club, in the championship finals of 2013 SMART Mundialito Football Tournament at the MCC grounds in Belize City on Sunday, December 22.
Sherwin Requeña and Jovan Ramos had led the Brown Bombers offensive supported by Deon Cacho, Naheem Gentle and Keenan Rowley at midfield while Tyreek “Pippin” Muschamp anchored the Bombers’ defense also overlapping at midfield to support their attacks, but the staunch defense of Hattieville’s Jadon McGregor and Shemar Waight held them scoreless up to intermission.
Mario Rivera and Edil Lemus led Hattieville’s attacks supported by Jairo Donis, Michael Palacio and Kian Young, but Bombers’ defenders Godwin Neal and Clayshaun Lewis also held them scoreless.
The Bombers won a free kick in the second half; and Tyreek Muschamp’s textbook execution floated the ball from almost midfield, over the goalkeepers’ gloves and into the net for the winning goal. Bombers’ goalkeeper Gregory Fisher and the
Bomber defenders Michael Bradley and Eldon Byrd frustrated Hattieville’s every attempt to get on the scoreboard to secure the 1-0 victory.
The Rising Stars of Ladyville won 4-2 over the City Boys Jr in the consolation game for third place.
Camryn Lozano and Andres Velasquez led the Rising Stars’ attacks supported by Hakeem Smith, Kenroy Allen and Cesar Garcia at midfield. Camryn Lozano soon scored two goals to give the Rising Stars a 2-0 lead until Denroy Lopez scored for the City Boys, who trailed 1-2 at intermission.
Andres Velasquez blasted in a third goal for the Stars, but the Stars’ defenders Justo Saavedra, Christian Novelo, Ian “Rojo” Young and Trivion who had held off the City boys’ attacks, blundered into giving up a penalty.
Akeem Sutherland stepped up to convert and narrow the deficit to 2-3. The Stars won a free kick and Hakeem Smith launched a shot that screamed in just under the crossbar to seal the 4-2 victory.
Smart’s marketing manager Anthony Mahler was on hand to present the team trophies and individual awards to the champions, second and third place winners. The Best Coach award went to Shinelle Gentle of the Brown Bombers, while the Best Goalkeeper award went to Rising Stars’ Elan White, who had allowed only three goals in the regular competition.
The Best Defence award went to the City Boys, while Hattieville’s Mario Rivera won the Best Midfielder award. Lyndon Flowers of the Ladyville Jaguars won the Best Forward award. Sherwin Requeña won the Most Goals award. He scored 11 goals in the competition. Tyreek Muschamp won the most Valuable Player award and the Ian Gaynair award for good sportsmanship went to the Belize Elementary School.

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