Primary school ballers show off their mettle
Westbury Primary announced themselves today with an emphatic 5-0 win over Grazettes Primary in the BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary School Football Competition.
Playing at the Barbados Lumber Company Ground, Westbury grabbed an early lead when midfielder Jahmali Hutson, who scored two goals in the game and was a constant menace to the Grazettes’ defenders, passed the ball to unmarked striker Zuhri Morris who found an opening in the box and launched a powerful right-foot shot past Grazettes goalkeeper Tyreke Scantlebury.
That was the start of Westbury’s dominance and they never relented, even though some robust defending from Grazettes kept the scoreline at 1-0 going into the half-time break
When the second half resumed Westbury wasted no time in adding another goal through “man” of the hour Hutson. He picked up a pass outside the 18-yard box, dribbled past three Grazettes defenders as though they were in class preparing for the 11-Plus and scored a gem of a goal from just outside the box.
The pressure was now on for Grazettes to come from two-goals down and their offensive mind-set left them vulnerable in defence. Another foray into the Grazettes’ area resulted in another opportunity for Hutson, who, from close range, side-footed a shot past the hapless Grazettes custodian for his second goal.
Westbury controlled most of the ball possession and Grazettes had to work very hard even to get the ball out of their half. The frustration was clearly seen when Grazettes Primary did get possession and they frequently gave away unnecessary corners while trying to clear the ball out of danger.
Westbury took full advantage of these corners awarded to them and on one such occasion Hutson crossed the ball from the left corner and center-back Javonne Skeete was in position to back-heel the ball into the net for goal number four.
Grazettes were dead and buried and the last rites soon arrived when Westbury Primary added goal number five through Jamar Glasgow who delivered a curling left foot shot past Scantlebury and into the back of the nets.
At Chapel, Jamario Moore blasted a hat-trick to lead Gordon Walters Primary to an overwhelming 7-1 victory over Society Primary.
Society’s goalkeeper Tyrelle Waldron made a few timely saves, without which, the Christ Church school might have easily reached double figures. Tyrese Yard netted a brace while Rickeel Jackman and Joshua Rice got in on the feast with a goal each. Azario Wiltshire notched a consolation goal for his school.
In a much closer contest also at Chapel, goals from Zion Leacock and Shakio Clarke earned Blackman and Gollop a hard-fought 2-1 win over St Marks for whom Jahmali Edwards scored.
At Shorey Village, a double-header saw St Elizabeth Primary drawing 1-1 with St Joseph Primary, while A. Dacosta Edwards brushed aside Chalky Mount Primary 5-1.
In the latter game Keshon Thompson scored twice and threatened frequently to increase that tally. His team-mate Ialpha Nedd also got past Chalky Mount custodian Javier Marshall. Chalky Mount contributed to their demise by gifting A Dacosta Edwards two own goals. Javanni Marshall scored for Chalky Mount. In the other game Desron Franklyn’s goal for St Joseph Primary was cancelled out by St Elizabeth’s Jakeem Noel’s strike.
At Rices, St Philip, St Martin’s Mangrove defeated St Philip’s Primary 2-0 compliments of goals from Amari Griffith and Jaden Aimey.
Hilda Skeene got their campaign off to a bright start with a 2-1 result over Reynold Weekes. It was a case of two evenly matched sides, where a defensive error or moment of opportunistic excellence would have been the decisive factor. Joshua McConney got one past Lashawn Williams and could have scored a few more.
Hilda Skeene had a number of opportunities as well and made two of them count, Tyrique Nurse and Renikko Lyte-Griffith being the deliverer of the goals.
Four matches were played at Blenheim with George Lamming delivering the most crushing defeat when they mauled the People’s Cathedral 5-0. Chrislon Greene netted twice for his school and there were also goals for Zane Knight and Shakobe Bentham, as well as an own goal.
Substitute Stanton Gilkes made a case for a starting role with a brace for Wilkie Cumberbatch in their 4-1 victory over St Paul’s Primary. Tajio James and Jaffari Trotman added to the goal tally while St Paul’s best effort found the back of the nets thanks to Rhemar Simmons.
St Cyprians’ Malachi Butcher, Joshua Johnson and Jordan Reifer each got on the scoresheet as they defeated Charles F. Broome 3-0.
In the game between St Giles Primary and St Ambrose, goals from Dean Greaves and Kareem Callender gave the Ivy, St Michael school a 2-0 victory.