Scholars mastered them all by securing the double

Scholars International masters football side, like their younger counterparts in the Premier League, were dominant in the revived masters tournaments.

Scholars International won four league matches to win that competition comfortably and then beat Bodden Town 4-1 in the FA Cup final at the TE McField Annex two weeks ago. Scholars scorers were Dwight Moxam, Devon James, Louis ‘Sugar’ Brown and Brian Hydes. Emmanuel Brown scored for BT.

Mark Beckford is the Scholars player-coach but because the team gelled so well, his services were not needed on the pitch. A big Barcelona fan, Beckford likens his contribution more to Pep Guardiola than Sir Alex Ferguson.

“We’ve got a dedicated set of guys who stepped up to the plate, found their focus and had fun with it,” Beckford said. “This competition should definitely continue because it shows the younger players the level of football we’re capable of.

“The organisation of the matches had a few teething problems and quirks, but that was to be expected. In the end, everything went well and it was played in a friendly spirit and there were no hostilities.”

The matches were sponsored by the West Bay Sports Foundation, Ministry of Sports and No.1 Shoe Shop. MLA Dwayne Seymour, who had a big hand in organising, said: “Everybody hoped it could last longer and are thirsting for it to start back.”

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