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UTT ends Inter-University football drought
Five different players were among the goals as the Clayton Morris-coached University of T&T (UTT) crushed The University of the West Indies (UWI) 5-1 in the final of the Tertiary Sport Association of T&T (TSATT) Inter-University Football competition on Monday night at UWI Campus Ground, St Augustine.
Host UWI entered the game as firm favourites, being the winners of the competition for the past two years running and victorious over the same opponents in all previous match-ups.
However, UTT was determined to end their drought of Tertiary Football Titles and took the match to its more seasoned and experienced counterparts, who featured both Pro League and Super League experience on their roster in the form of Christopher Durity (Defence Force), Keston “Zico” Henry (Santa Rosa FC) and Raheem “Birdie” Belgrave (Queens Park CC).
On the other side of the field, the average age of UTT’s players was 20 years old and therefore, they didn’t have the experience of the UWI team, but what they had, however, was youthful exuberance, passion and the burning desire to win this title and bring glory to their institution.
And spurred on by goals from Moses Jaikaran, Liam Burns, Reinaldo Atwell, Keshorn Carter and captain J’deem Parris, they stamped their class all over the contest to cancel out the lone reply from prolific goalscorer Daviyd Jones to take home the “Moriba Baker Challenge Trophy”.
UTT’s Triston Perrott also walked away with the Golden Boot award scoring 11 of his team’s 41 goals as even with UTT’s Scholarship Programme going through difficult financial times, their footballers have still managed to put the institution on the map once again, signalling to the powers that be the importance of Tertiary Sports and education.
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Daryl Smith was on hand to witness the final and presented the winning trophy to UTT.
Minister Smith also pledged his Ministry’s support to TSATT and to the continued development of Tertiary Sport in T&T.
A former goalkeeper himself, Minister Smith promised to support the efforts of TSATT to involve Caribbean Tertiary Institutions in future competitions.
In return, TSATT thanked the Minister and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for their continued support to its cause while Le Roy Pierre, Director of Sport at The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) and TSATT Vice President, extended congratulations to all tertiary institutions on a wonderful and competitive football season.
Pierre also had this to say, “The high level of competitive rivalry of TSATT football competition together with the effective and cognitive outcomes have shown that there are greater things on the horizon.”
He continued, “Our goal of attracting gifted and skilled athletes to our local institutions to pursue their sporting career and academic goals is fast becoming a reality.”
Pierre reiterated, “Providing first class competition that can prepare our student-athletes for national duty is here at last.”
He made a call for support from private and public sponsors in an effort for TSATT to move this vision forward.