• Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

    Curacao captures inaugural CFU U-15 crown

    (ABOVE) Curacao celebrates as it's presented with the CFU U-15 Championship trophy after defeating the Dominican Republic in the final on August 16, 2015, in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

    PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Curacao won the inaugural Caribbean Football Union U-15 Championship title, defeating the Dominican Republic 4- 2 in the final on Sunday at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex. 

    The Curacaoans finished the competition with a perfect 6W-0D-0L record, scoring 28 goals and conceding only four. 

    In the tournament decider, though, Freddy Feliz wouldn’t let the Dominican Republic go down without a fight. After Luchently Vrutaal gave Curacao a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, Feliz (36’, 39’) struck twice early in the second half to put the Dominicans ahead. 

    Not to be outdone, Curacao’s Nathan Bernadina – the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and top scorer -- netted the next two goals (60’, 64’), while a superb individual effort by Vrutaal (70’) in the last minute to complete the scoreline. 

    Earlier in the day, the Cayman Islands captured third place, 5-4 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 draw against St. Lucia   

    2015 CARIBBEAN FOOTBALL U-15 CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS

    • Most Valuable Player: Nathan Bernadina, Curacao 
    • Golden Boot: Nathan Bernadina, Curacao (11 goals) 
    • Golden Glove: Mario Jose Marte, Dominican Republic 
    • Fair Play: Grenada
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