TFA U-16 defeat Pinelands 2-1 in Tobago Final

The Tobago FA U-16 Invitational team came from a goal down to beat the Pinelands Soccer Academy U-16 team 2-1 at the Mt. Pleasant Recreational Ground on Friday 19th August. The win secured 1st place for the Tobago FA U-16 team on 7 points, with Pinelands Soccer Academy 2nd with 6 points. Speyside and Bethel rounded off the 4-team table with 2 points and 1 point respectively, after playing out to a dramatic 3-3 draw. Bethel had to come from behind twice including the equaliser with 4 minutes to play.

In what was a hotly contested match, it was our neighbours from Barbados who took the lead with a header from Ijeo Thorne after Pinelands won a corner. The Tobago outfit could be blamed as it was a lack of marking which allowed for Thorne to rise above 7 Tobago FA U-16 players to place a powerful header past goalkeeper Duvaughn Daniel. In the 2nd half, both teams increased the intensity of the play in an effort to secure the win.

However, it was Tobago who struck back with a powerful and determined run from St. Clair’s Coaching School and Signal Hill Secondary player Renaldo Samuel. The eventual winner came with 15 minutes to go as Samuel crossed from the right side to Roxborough Lakers and Scarborough Secondary School standout Jaiye Sheppard who lunged and volleyed the ball past the Pinelands custodian.  (Tobago FA Release)

Monday 15th August

1 Tobago FA U-16 Invitational vs Speyside U-16 1

3 Bethel U-16 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy 4

Wednesday 17th August

4 Pinelands Soccer Academy vs Speyside U-16 2

5 Tobago FA U-16 Invitational vs Bethel U-16 1

Friday 19th August

3 Bethel U-16 vs Speyside U-16 3

2 Tobago FA U-16 Invitational vs Pinelands Soccer Academy 1

Scores for the U-13 matches

1 Bethel U13 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy U-13 2 (Sunday 14th August)

3 Speyside U13 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy U-13 2 (Tuesday 16th August)

0 vs St. Clair’s Coaching School U-13 vs Pinelands Soccer Academy U-13 2 (Friday 19th August)


Date: Sunday 21st August 2016

Pinelands Soccer Academy Head Coach said it best stating, “This will be an experience these kids will talk about 20 years, 30 years and more from now. It was fantastic”

A process that started since 2015 came to fruition with 50 children, teenagers and parents taking the journey of a lifetime. For some, it may have felt like a new roller-coaster, similar to the one travelled on the long, winding bus ride to and from Speyside. Others may have felt excited, similar to the feeling when the entire group were driven to the airport in a 15-Subaru car escort (this actually happened for them in Barbados). Whatever and however they felt, it’s without question this tour has made them better people. “We all came for the football, but we’re leaving with so much more. New friends, better understanding of the people of Tobago and the realisation that our cultures are similar in many ways,” said Ms. Rennie Smith, manager of both the Under-13 and Under-16 teams.

Assistant Secretary in the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport Mr. Jomo Pitt was in high praise for Pinelands Soccer Academy’s efforts to make this tour what it was. “Their fundraising initiative must be commended. It’s amazing how they were able to get a Subaru car dealership to buy into their idea. All it took was a car wash and one person from the dealership understanding and supporting their project. I believe there is much we here in Tobago can learn from our Barbadian counterparts in this area.”

While this might be the end of Pinelands Soccer Academy’s tour, it’s not the end of international youth football coming to Tobago. Friends Seminary High School of New York will be arriving for a 6-day pre- season tour of Tobago. The team, coached by Tobagonians and Bishop’s High School Alumni Warren Salandy and Sherwin O’Neal are coming as 2015 Junior Varsity and Varsity Athletic Conference of Independent Schools soccer champions. They are scheduled to come up against a Tobago FA U-17 Invitational team, St. Clair’s Coaching School and Bishop’s High School U-19 team during their visit to our shores. (Tobago FA Press Release)