Amazing feat

Young talents light up Barbados Cup

Eleven-year-old Vauxhall Primary School student Olianna Bishop achieved a feat today that has not been accomplished in the 29-year history of the Barbados Football Cup.

The shy, athletically built player became the first female to score a hat-trick in the competition. Playing for the Pinelands U-13 team at the Banks Brewery ground, she led from the front in a 6-0 demolition of the EM Academy and propelled them into the semi-finals slated for tomorrow.

KFC Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy defensive midfielder Olianna Bishop scored a hat-trick today.
KFC Pinelands Youth Soccer Academy defensive midfielder Olianna Bishop scored a hat-trick today.

Bishop stated she felt elated about her accomplishment and that her only regret was that her father was not there to see it. She scored Pinelands’ second, third and fifth goals –– two of them from the penalty spot.

Already a member of the Barbados U-17 female team, Bishop has been playing football for the past four years and first made the Barbados team at the age of 10. She thanked her mother for all of the support that she has given and said she wants to become a football star

In the Under-11 section of the Barbados Cup at Brittons Hill, a stunning 2-1 victory by Kick Start A over Brittons Hill saw them into tomorrow’s semi-final at 9 a.m. Kick Start will face off against new boys West Coast who won a cliffhanger against Kick-Start B. The other semifinal will feature Pinelands –– who have teams in the medal round of each age group –– against Brittons Hill.

Abiola Grant of Pro-Shottas clears the ball from the threat posed by Kick Start.
Abiola Grant of Pro-Shottas clears the ball from the threat posed by Kick Start.

The Under-13 age group will see Parkinson who defeated Whitehall 2-0 come up against Kick-Start who defeated Pro-Shottas 1-0. This has been the best performance by Parkinson in their ten years of participating in the Barbados Cup. Both of their U-13 and U-15 teams are in the medal round. The other semifinal will feature Pinelands with hat-trick hero Bishop against St Lucy side, Cosmos. Pinelands defeated EM Academy 6-0 while Cosmos blanked St Mary’s 2-0.

Rashawn Richard of Whitehall cleared the ball away from Niall Reid-Stephens of Pro-Shottas.
Rashawn Richard of Whitehall cleared the ball away from Niall Reid-Stephens of Pro-Shottas.

The Under-15 age group will feature four quarterfinal games. Pro-Shottas will face off against Ivy Rovers who are the most improved team in the tournament. This will be followed by Gall Hill who have played unbeaten so far against the hot and cold Parkinson. Zone C winners Kick Start B will face a strong challenge from Whitehall while Pinelands will attempt to stave off Pro-Shottas B.

Maleek Payne of Whitehall Football Academy (left) and Reniko Samaru of Parkinson Memorial (left) battling for ball possession in under-13 division.
Maleek Payne of Whitehall Football Academy (left) and Reniko Samaru of Parkinson Memorial (left) battling for ball possession in under-13 division.

The finals for the U-11 and U-13 will be played at Banks Brewery on Friday while the finals for the U-15 will take place at BET. The presentation of all awards and prizes comes off at Banks Brewery from 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

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