PRIMARY SCHOOL FOOTBALLERS TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT ISLANDWIDE
The months of May and June mean the exciting BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Tournament. And today Wilkie Cumberbatch and Charles F Broome maintained tradition as they played out an exciting 1-1 draw before a boisterous crowd at the Blenheim, St Michael playing field.
Parents and guardians were treated to a thrilling encounter in Zone four between the two former champion schools and Charles F. Broome took the lead through striker Ethan Taylor when the ball was played through the middle and crossed over to the right flank to Taylor. The young man dribbled his way inside the 12-yard box and nailed his shot into the left far corner of the goal 15 minutes into the 20-minutes per half encounter.
As expected Wilkie Cumberbatch probed and searched for the equalizer and created several chances that came mainly through free kicks and corner shots. But they were unable to shake the nets even up to half-time.
When the second half commenced Charles F. Broome sought to up their momentum while conversely Wilkie Cumberbatch continued to search for that equalizer. But just when Charles F. Broome thought they were well on their way to victory and full points with under a minute left to play, Wilkie Cumberbatch earned themselves a penalty kick when the referee spotted a handled-ball infringement inside the danger zone by a Charles F. Broome defender.
Damari Stoute who wore the captain’s armband for Wilkie Cumberbatch stepped up to the line and made no mistake as he coolly booted the ball into the back of the nets to deny Charles F. Broome the win. In the end such was the entertainment provided by the two schools that a draw was a fair result for both camps.
There were three other zone four games played at Blenheim and another exciting match-up was that between St Cyprian’s Boys and People’s Cathedral with the former winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Jaydon Sealy and Dominic Downes.
Luther Thorne gave St Ambrose Primary a sound beating with their encounter ending in an 8-0 result. Imani Sobers, Makai Francis- Shepherd, Javonte Browne scored two goals each and there was one each from Aaron Holder and Seth Weekes. In the final game of that zone Ajani Roach netted two goals for George Lamming who easily defeated St Giles Primary 2-0.
At Shorey Village, St Andrew in Zone three, Holy Innocent had an easy 1-0 win against St Bernard’s with the goal coming from Christian Hurley. Grantley Prescod made light work of A DaCosta Edwards winning 2-0 thanks to Jevonnte Harewood and Christian St Hill.
There were games played at Passage Road, St Michael in Zone six and Eden Lodge held on to an exciting 2-1 win against St Mary’s Primary. Tyrese Reese and Jayden Bushell were the goal scorers for Eden Lodge while Ashani Maycott was the lone goal scorer for St Mary’s.
Westbury Primary trounced Eagle Hall 5-0 with two goals each from Dimitri Pooler and T’Shawn Weekes and one from Kemani Yarde. Trinity Academy also suffered a similar fate when they lost 6-0 to former champions Wesley Hall Primary. Kevion Newton led the way with three goals, while Jaden Nurse netted two and Thierry Corbin, one.
At King George the Fifth Memorial Park there were matches in Zone eight and Reynold Weekes defeated Bayley’s 3-0 thanks to Richem Atherley’s two goals and Jelani Blenman’s strike. St Martin’s Mangrove also had a comfortable 3-1 win over St Philip Primary who scored an own goal and Amari Griffith and Kishmar Brathwaite adding the other two. Dequan Toppin managed one response for the other St Phillip side.
Gordon Walters also had something to smile about through Zavion Sealy who was responsible for the two goals in the 2-0 result over St Mark’s Primary. Hilda Skeene managed to edge St Luke’s Brighton 2-1 with efforts from Kadari Webster and Pierre Crawford while Lequan Roach scored for St Luke’s.
Please also see Page 42 and 43.