Down to the wire

St. Mary’s Maliki Gill (red shirt) and Westbury’s Dashon Jackman ask no quarter of each other as they try to gain ball possession.
St. Mary’s Maliki Gill (red shirt) and Westbury’s Dashon Jackman ask no quarter of each other as they try to gain ball possession.

It’s getting down to crunch time in the Bico-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Tournament.

And tomorrow’s match-ups could determine which of several teams make the play-offs and who do not. Today All Saints Primary were confirmed as winners of Zone I and joined Hilda Skeene, St. Gabriel’s and Cuthbert Moore as the schools to advance so far. In action on the field two drawn games at Passage Road, St Michael between Eden Lodge Primary and Wesley Hall, and Westbury Primary and St. Mary’s have made Zone 6 the proverbial “Group of death”. Today Wesley Hall and Eden Lodge drew 1-1, while the match between St. Mary’s and Westbury ended goal-less.

Deacons Primary top the zone with 16 points, with Wesley Hall currently in second position on 14 points and breathing down their necks are Westbury and Eden Lodge both on 13 points. West Terrace are virtually certain of advancing to the play-offs and today their 7-0 drubbing of St. Albans Primary at Trent’s, St. James concretised their position at the top of Zone 2.

Isaiah Norris and Jaheim Headley both scored a brace of goals while Renacko Belgrave, Khamal Cumberbatch and substitute Kwesi Brathwaite also netted. Two teams from the same zone, St. Stephen’s and Welches Primary, met in a crucial encounter and St. Stephen’s emerged 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Rashawn Rogers and Hasan Miller. St. Stephen’s are second behind West Terrace on 15 points while Welches are third on nine points.

The heaviest goal-scoring today came at Rice’s, St. Philip where the third-placed side in Zone 8, St. Martin’s Mangrove, walloped St. Mark’s Primary 10-1. Tyreke Arthur Cox has taken over goal-keeper duties from Daniel Hopkinson but today had a day he would rather forget. Saviola Thomas put five goals past Cox and Rashad Blenham, Joel Williams, DeCarlo Cox, Tristan Knight and Rashawn Harris added to the fun. Shem Harding got the consolation goal for St. Mark’s.

Arthur Smith Primary also have one foot in the play-offs and their 4-0 dismantling of Blackman & Gollop at Briar Hall, Christ Church did not hurt their prospects.

Niall Reid Stephen has been one of the exciting players in the competition and he was once again on the scoresheet. Also netting were Che Germain, Kashawn Ifill and Naje Bryan.

Arthur Smith head Zone 7 with 18 points. Also at Briar Hall, the second-placed side in Zone 7, St Bartholomew’s, on the strength of goals from Tyrese Brathwaite and Thierry Gale, scored a vital 2-1 win over Providence for whom Mills Ruck again scored in the competition.

Milton Lynch had a 1-0 win over St. Christopher, also at Briar Hall, where Andrew Garner was the goal-scorer. The final match at Briar Hall saw Wills Primary defeat the struggling Vauxhall 3-0. Lawrance Lampkin, Abiola Grant and Sebastian Thompson scored.

Wilkie Cumberbatch continued to run away with Zone 4, moving to 17 points after crushing Belmont Primary 5-0 at Belmont. The prolific Donte Greenidge netted a hat-trick while the other goals came from Tajio James and Simon Hinds. Wilkie Cumberbatch are a comfortable five points ahead of the second-placed George Lamming and Grantley Prescod who are third, also on 12 points. Grantley Prescod gained vital points at Blenheim with their 4-1 win over the slumping Charles F. Broome. Devonte Richards had a hat-trick, while Tristan Bancroft scored the fourth goal. Kanos Haynes netted for Charles F. Broome.

At Trent’s, Christian John and Matthew Waithe each scored as Sharon Primary defeated St. James Primary 2-0.

Other results today were: Chalky Mount 1, St. Elizabeth 0; St. Joseph Primary 1, Shorey Village 0. Tomorrow’s matches are: St. Philip Primary vrs Reynold Weekes at Chapel; Hilda Skeene vrs St. Martin’s Mangrove at Hilda Skeene; Eagle Hall Primary vrs Lawrence T. Gay at Passage Road; Society Primary vrs St. Mark’s at Chapel; and St. Luke’s Brighton vrs Gordon Walters at Hilda Skeene.

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