Despite going under to Barbados in their final game 2 goals to nil Grenada emerged champion of the 2017 Windward Island Men Football Tournament, which climaxed at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium last Thursday.
Unbeaten heading into their final game, team Grenada needed a win to lift the trophy in the event that Dominica which followed closely behind on five points, won their encounter against St Vincent and the Grenadines. It turned out that Dominica drew their match with St Vincent and claimed just one point to finish on six points and therefore despite losing to Barbados, Grenada remained at the top of the table on seven points to claim the championship title.
Barbados’ victory, on the other hand, was their lone victory in the tournament from four matches to finish in joint fourth position with defending champion St Vincent and the Grenadines on four points. The Bajans’ goals came from Zeco Edmee in the 8th minute and Mario Harte in the 65th minute of play.
Dominica finished the tournament in the second position on six points; St Lucia was third on five points.
Grenada’s seven points in the tournament came from two wins; one against defending champion St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the other against St Lucia, the Spice was held to a 1-1 draw by Dominica.
Meanwhile Head Coach Ashley “Ram” Folkes, speaking to members of the media after Thursday’s loss said he was disappointed with the result of the game. Folkes believed that the team’s learning that they had already won the tournament prior to the start of play affected their performance.
Although he did not rule out tiredness, from four consecutive games, Folkes said this is no excuse. What had happened on the field of play, to him, the men just did not play to their true potential.
Looking at the composition of the Grenada team going forward, Folkes said he is happy with the performance of the young players on the team but believes there would be the need for strengthening the team with international players ahead of their upcoming world cup games.
Grenada hosts Panama at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium for an international friendly on August 22nd, in preparation for their upcoming World Cup qualifying games.