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Star quality

Young ballers attracting much attention

St Cyprian’s Joshua Johnson is having a great football tournament and today added goal number ten to his burgeoning tally.

Playing in the BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Competition at the Blenheim, St Michael pasture, St Cyprian’s Boys won 4-0 in a thrilling contest against a plucky but outmatched St Paul’s Primary.

There was absolutely no surprise when St Cyprian’s opened the scoring. Right wing Nathaniel Rudder sent a precise pass to an advancing left wing Aidan Cumberbatch who struck the ball over the head of St Paul’s goalkeeper Shamario Kirton to score.

The duo of Cumberbatch and Rudder continued to put pressure on St Paul’s. The time the tables were turned and Cumberbatch would assist Rudder in the 18-yard box and Rudder shot the ball past Kirton for another goal.

With just a few minutes before the end of the half, the lad with the golden boots, Johnson, sent a cross to midfielder Zachary Bellamy who chipped the ball over the keeper’s head to make it 3-0 for St Cyprian’s.

The second half resumed and the boys in green and white were in command. St Paul’s had no answer and were clearly under pressure where on several occasions they gave away unnecessary free kicks in dangerous positions.

A few minutes before the second half concluded St Paul’s would handled the ball in the area and Johnson made no mistake from the penalty spot.

The game between St Giles Primary and George Lamming Primary was a game played for bragging rights between two cousins, Chrislon Green the captain of the victorious George Lamming which won 2-0, and Dean Greaves who captained St Giles Primary.

During the first half neither team managed to score but George Lamming came out in the second period with added purpose and more aggression in attack.

Left wing Tre Byer hit a high ball which sailed toward the goal bars. St Giles’ goalkeeper Davon Sam got his hands to the ball to make the save but made a huge mistake and pushed the ball into the back of his own bars for the opening goal.

A couple minutes later Green crossed the ball to Ramiro Dates who volleyed home the ball. George Lamming supporters went wild. When the game ended, the two cousins still had time to congratulate each other. It was a pleasing spectacle.

Defending champions Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary continued their excellent tournament so far with 3-0 result against Belmont Primary.

Opening the scoring for Wilkie Cumberbatch was midfielder Omari Layne who received a pass at his boot tips from Tajio James and blasted the ball to the right of the goalkeeper in the first half.

At the start of the second half left wing Damari Stoute produced a brilliant goal when he dribbled the ball from the half-way line up the left flank of the field and shot the ball into the goal bars giving Belmont goalkeeper Florish Holder no chance.

Midfielder Damiko Hinds of Wilkie Cumberbatch finished off the game with a superb goal when he found an opening from the half-way line and took a shot at goal with his left foot which he said was his weaker foot. It was a brilliant strike.

At Hilda Skeene, the home side made best use of familiar surroundings with a 3-0 win over St Lukes Brighton. Tyreque Nurse, Renikko Lyte-Griffith and Tyrese Crawford scored for the St Philip school. Also at Hilda Skeene, Bayley’s Primary and Society Primary played to a 0-0 draw.

At Chapel, Reynold Weekes benefited from an own-goal as well as a strike from Renald Brathwaite to defeat Blackman & Gollop 2-1. Shakio Clarke scored for Blackman & Gollop. Also at Chapel, Jamario Moore’s goal was enough to gain Gordon Walters Primary the win over St Philip’s Primary.

Playing at Rices, St. Martin’s Mangrove defeated St Mark’s 2-1 thanks to a double strike from the promising Tristan Knight. Jaheim Taylor netted for St Mark’s.

At the Barbados Lumber Company Ground, Al Falah showed the benefit of perseverance when they got into winners’ row with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Grazettes Primary. Afzal Jada scored twice for his school while Sherwin Clarke netted for Grazettes.

Please also see pages 44&45 in the 23/05/2014 edition of our digital ePaper at


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