Crunch time

majority of zone winners decided in primary school football competition; second round beckons

Seven zone winners have been decided; two more to go.

That was the state of affairs today as the preliminary rounds of the Bico-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Competition drew closer to completion. All 16 places for the second round of the tournament will be determined on Tuesday with the playing of rescheduled fixtures.

After today’s round of matches the seven zone winners are All Saints (Zone 1); West Terrace (Zone 2); Wilkie Cumberbatch (Zone 4); Cuthbert Moore (Zone 5); Wesley Hall (Zone 6); Hilda Skeene (Zone 8) and St. Gabriel’s (Zone 9). Zones 3 and 7 are to be determined next week with the front-runners in those zones being Arthur Smith and St Bartholomew’s (Zone 7) and A DaCosta Edwards and Hillaby Turners Hall (Zone 3). After the nine zone winners have been decided, seven second-placed teams with the best records across the nine zones will join the zone winners in the play-offs.

On the field of play, Zone 8 side Gordon Walters did their chances of qualifying as a second-place finisher no harm today at Rices, St. Philip when they thumped Bayley’s Primary 8-0. There were double strikes from Jamario Moore, Joshua Price and Tyrese Yarde, as well as goals from Samuel Cooper and Jaquan Callender.

Reynold Weekes of the same zone had a good day at Chapel, St. Philip where they defeated Society 5-0 with Kemar Crick scoring two goals and Joshua McConney, Anwar Brathwaite and Ronaldo Nurse scoring a goal each. However, it is highly unlikely that the win will propel Reynold Weekes into the play-offs.

Important win

Hillaby Turners Hall Primary scored an important win when they disposed of St. Bernard’s Primary 3-1 at Shorey Village, St. Andrew. They owed their points to a brilliant performance from Zario Small who ran tirelessly at St. Bernard’s defence to score a hat-trick, much to the delight of his school’s supporters at the ground.

They basically have one foot into the next round.Zone 4 is akin to the “group of death”. Wilkie Cumberbatch have already taken the zone but the likes of Grantley Prescod, St. Giles Primary and George Lamming have all to play for with an eye on the second-place runner up position.

At Blenheim, the fleet-footed Ishon Ellis again impressed all and sundry and once more scored for St. Giles. Unfortunately, for them, that was the only goal they scored as Devonte Richards went on a rampage scoring a hat-trick in Grantley Prescod’s 3-1 win to deflate St. Giles’ supporters.

George Lamming delivered another thrashing for the Al Falah side, beating them 7-0 at Blenheim with Tyrique Belle getting a beaver-trick, Akil King a brace and Coby Mayers a seventh goal.

At Passage Road, Wesley Hall confirmed their position at the top of Zone 6 with a 2-1 win over Westbury Primary. It was a game where Wesley Hall’s Kemar John stood out in the midfield, and he also managed to score. In another encounter at the ground, St. Silas defeated Good Shepherd 1-0.

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