Harry double lifts South Ruimveldt to maiden Smalta Girls U-11 title
IT was a fairy-tale finish for the South Ruimveldt Primary School side who lifted their maiden MoPH Smalta Girls U-11 football title yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.The underdogs of the match turned out to be the ones with the bigger heart as they overcame defending champions and tournament favourites, St. Angela’s Primary 2-0.St Angela’s started off hot and sweaty with their raids into the enemy half as the eventual champs weathered the storm.After the first few minutes, the South Ruimveldt side began to break plays up in the middle of the field and even produced some counter attacks of their own.However, the half ended scoreless and tense as many expected the favourites to be up by now, considering the chances they created.Champions! South Ruimveldt are champions of the 2017 MoPH/Smalta girls U-11 football tournament. (Adrian Narine photos)Many more were shocked when a Fayon Harry breakaway in the 18th minute found the back of the nets. The celebrations were wild and jubilant for the leaders and their fans.It would soon quell as one of their players handled the ball in the box, which resulted in a penalty for St Angela’s and a chance to draw level.However, the powerful shot off the foot of Nakasi St Jules, while on target, was diverted through a powerful header from the keeper.Things were going the way of the South Ruimveldt side as they were awarded a penalty as well for the same infraction and Harry converted; a doozy into the bottom left corner of the net which sent fans even wilder.This happened on the brink of time as the final whistle sent the parents scampering to greet their children.In the third place play off, West Ruimveldt won 2-1 via penalties against St Pius, after a scoreless game.