Liverpool FC U18s defeat St Vincent U20s to retain the Harlequin Cup
SVG U20 1 – 3 Liverpool FC U18
Wednesday 9th May 2012, Arnos Vale Stadium, St Vincent
In an action-packed match at Arnos Vale Stadium, Liverpool FC Under-18s defeated the SVG Under-20s national team 3-1 to retain the Harlequin Cup.
The match was the second in two years arranged by Harlequin Hotels & Resorts with eager assistance from Liverpool Football Club, in an event that showed the continuing dedication of both parties to give something back to the Caribbean (more on that in the next article coming soon).
Members of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, government ministers and Buccament Bay Resort guests were in attendance with a partisan local crowd giving strong support throughout.
A frenetic first half in the burning Caribbean sun was followed by a slower but no less eventful second with welcome cool showers doing nothing to dampen a heated contest as the teams battled it out. Liverpool went three-up with goals from Jack Dunn, Nacho and Henoc Mukendi before SVG scored through Myron Samuel.
Both teams can be proud of their performances after putting on a high quality display for spectators. SVG held their own against the next generation of one of the world’s best league teams, whilst the Liverpool FC U18s showed their quality by winning in difficult conditions that saw members of the squad and staff beneath umbrellas in the sunny first half, before discarding them in the second when the rain began to fall.
There were joyous scenes when the winners’ trophy was presented to the Liverpool FC team, who sang, “Olé, olé!” as they jumped up and down, delighted to have secured their last victory of the season by winning arguably the world’s most prestigious competition in anything that has ever been competed, ever! Probably.
In a great gesture to their hosts, the Liverpool FC youth players kindly gave their kits to the SVG team. The squad’s generosity did not stop at the match, though, which we will reveal very soon.
Please follow this link to see Liverpool FC’s article about the match: http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/u18s-triumph-in-st-vincent