All even in inaugural International Football Classic in Barbados
Canada Over 40s
It was all squared when the inaugural Barbados Invitational Masters Football Classic (BIMFC) culminated last Monday evening at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf.
Four days of fun, friendship and football came to an exciting end as the final of the Over 50s and 40 and Over categories were keenly contested between Barbados and Canada in both encounters.
In the Over 50s division, Black Rock Masters edged Toronto Football Club of Friends (TFCOF) 1-0 in a keenly contested duel which had patrons at the edge of their seats.
The visitors had the better of the early exchanges with Mario Di Fabio and Dave Cruickshank causing most of the havoc for the visitors.
Despite a goalless first half, the action of the first half created for an exciting second period and the “old boys” did not disappoint.
One of the highlights of the second half came in the 32nd minute when Black Rock midfield maestro Adrian “Fly” Forde twisted his neck unbelievably to head a Robert Jones free-kick from the right.
The ball was destined for the top right-hand corner but TFCOF goalkeeper Ray Joseph rolled back the years to pull off an outstanding save.
Black Rock took the lead and the match in the 36th minute when former Barbados national attacker Ferdinand Sandiford converted his one-on-one effort with precision.
La Familia of Canada reaped sweet revenge for the visitors in the 40 and Over category, emerging 5-4 victors over Paradise FC in the penalty kick shootout after a 0-0 score at full time.
Most of the opportunities came in the first half, with La Familia coming closest.
Peter Firebrace was brought down just outside the penalty area by Paradise goalkeeper Albert Brathwaite; the resulting free kick was taken by Sergio Merchant and his effort ricocheted off the crossbar and away from danger.
Just minutes later Alvaro Green produced a powerful right footed effort which required the attention of Brathwaite to keep the scores locked at 0-0.
Paradise’s task was made more difficult in the 8th minute, as influential midfielder Richard Wood was expelled by referee Matthew Alleyne for violent conduct.
The Dover lads managed to adjust and remain competitive while taking their chances via the penalty shootout.
Ramon Nurse of Paradise was saved by La Familia goalkeeper Robert Fortis, leaving Michele De Nicola with the honour of converting the winning spot kick.
2019 BIMFC OVER 40s TROPHY WINNERS: -
1st Place - LA FALIMIA OF CANADA Over 40s
2nd Place - PARADISE FC OF BARBADOS Over 40s
3rd Place - WILDEY MASTERS OF BARBADOS Over 40s
Most Valuable Player – ALBERT BRATHWAITE – PARADISE MASTERS OF BARBADOS Over 40s
Plate Winners Special Trophy - BENFICA MASTERS OF BARBADOS Over 40s
2019 BIMFC OVER 50s TROPHY WINNERS:-
1st Place - BLACK ROCK MASTER Over 50s
2nd Place - TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB OF FRIENDS (TFCOF) OF CANADA Over 50s
3rd Place - BACK IN TIME OF BARBADOS Over 50s
Most Valuable Player - ROBERT JONES - BLACK ROCK MASTERS OF BARBADOS Over 50s
Plate Winners Special Trophy - BAYLAND OF BARBADOS Over 50s
Special Banks “Spirit of the Festival” Prize - TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB OF FRIENDS (TFCOF) OF CANADA Over 50s