St Giles Primary ended their campaign in this year’s BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary School Football Competition on a high when they defeated People’s Cathedral 3-2 in an exciting encounter at Blenheim, St Michael today.
People’s Cathedral had a solid start in the first half when they scored two early goals. Left wing Jaden Pearce opened the scoring for his team with an easy goal struck low to the right of the St Giles goalkeeper Davon Sam who had no chance. Pearce scored his second goal when midfielder Sylvian Wade passed the ball to him inside the box and he easily shot past the keeper.
St Giles managed to squeeze in a goal before the first-half ended when midfielder Akeem Chandler kicked the ball from the half way line straight to People’s Cathedral goalkeeper Julian Hope. He punched the ball into the air and St Giles captain Dean Greaves who played left wing controlled the ball, and right-booted it into the back of the nets to end an intense first-half at 2-1.
In the second half St Giles took the fight to People’s Cathedral who failed to capitalize on a number of free kicks in dangerous positions. St Giles’ striker Cammarri Dunner equalized for his team in the second half when Antwan Lovell sent in a cross to him inside the box and he kicked the ball into the goal bars it deflected past the goalkeeper and into the back of the nets.
Both sides were desperate for that all important goal to take the lead, especially with just ten minutes of play remaining. People’s Cathedral almost took the lead when they were awarded a free kick outside the 18 yard box. But Wade who stepped up to take the free-kick struck the ball out of play. St Giles settled themselves and took the lead in the final five minutes of play when Javon ‘Scrappy’ Inniss send in a throw from the left of the field to left wing Kalif Grannum who controlled the ball well, turned and sent in a left-footed cross to Greaves positioned inside the 18 yard box and he scored.
George Lamming Primary won 2-0 over a struggling Belmont Primary also at Blenheim today. The two teams were locked at 0-0 at the half-time break. However, George Lamming captain Chrislon Green created a few goal scoring opportunities for his team. On one such occasion he was brought down just inside the semi-circle and took the free kick himself, scoring a superb goal that sailed over the goalkeeper’s head.
Then from the right of the field the ball was headed down inside the box, Green took control of it with his right foot and scored.
St Paul’s Primary came close to adding a victory to their name at Blenheim when they took on St Ambrose but still managed to lose 2-1 despite playing well. St Ambrose’s striker Brandon Williams fed fellow striker Cimani Cummins a good pass and the latter volleyed home from outside the 18 yard box to give his team the lead in the first half.
Tafari Coward scored the second goal for St Ambrose when he kicked a long range bomb from his half and the ball bounced once and went over St Paul’s goalkeeper Roskwon Trotman’s head and into the bars.
In the second half St Paul’s scored when striker Elijah Greenidge was brought down in the box and Rhemar Simmons stepped up and scored the penalty.
Luther Thorne Primary fought manfully to hold the mighty St Cyprian’s who have played unbeaten so far in the competition to a 0-0 draw. Defending champions Wilkie Cumberbatch earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Charles F. Broome, also played at Blenheim.
Other scores today: Deacons Primary 2, St Mary’s 0; St. Martin’s Mangrove 3, Society 0; St Luke’s Brighton 2, St Mark’s 0; Wesley Hall 3, Eagle Hall 0; St Philip 0, Reynold Weekes 0; Cuthbert Moore 4, Ellerton 1; Bay Primary 1, Providence 0; Hilda Skeene 3, Bayley’s Primary 0.