Goal rush in primary schools football

St Stephen’s Primary joined the list of ten schools that have played unbeaten so far in the BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Competition when they defeated St Matthew’s Primary 1-0 today.

Playing at Bagatelle, St. Thomas today, St. Stephen’s began piling on pressure on St Matthew’s defenders from the start of the game. The youngsters from St. Matthew’s appeared leaden-footed and had to be encouraged frequently by their coach to clear the ball from their area.

St Stephen’s had a few good passes, more so than St. Matthew’s did and this caused much anxiety for St Matthew’s. Nervousness eventually led to St. Matthew’s gifting St Stephen’s a penalty in the first half after an unnecessary infringement. Chewee Griffith stepped up to the line and placed the ball to the left of St Matthew’s goalkeeper Kwame Patton who got a finger to it but was unable to hang on.

Striker Chewee Griffith blasting home a goal for St Stephen’s Primary.
Striker Chewee Griffith blasting home a goal for St Stephen’s Primary.

When the second half resumed St Stephen’s did not change their game plan and should have added to their tally with the several opportunities created. But St Matthew’s defenders showed greater pluck in the second half and were able to keep St. Stephen’s at bay. But the one goal was good enough for St. Stephen’s to take their second victory in the competition.

Midfielder Nadre Butcher (with ball) of St Matthew’s Primary had a good game today.
Midfielder Nadre Butcher (with ball) of St Matthew’s Primary had a good game today.

Among those who have played unbeaten so far in zone one are All Saints who defeated Roland Edwards 2-0 in Speightstown today. Half Moon Fort Primary had two victories going into their match today against Selah Primary but found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-0 thrashing.

Last year’s losing finalist West Terrace Primary, playing in zone two, defeated St Silas 2-0 at Trents, St James to show they will be title-seeking once again. Also in zone two St James Primary registered their second win when they dismantled Eagle Hall Primary 5-0.

Ellerton, who are in zone five, also had something to smile about when they demolished Hill Top Preparatory 6-1 on home turf. Another unbeaten school from St George playing in zone five is St Jules, and they buried Mount Tabor 3-0.

Another zone five contender, Arthur Smith Primary, won 2-0 against St Christopher Primary in convincing fashion. Milton Lynch also won easily over St Winifred’s despite the 1-0 scoreline. St Lucy Primary’s Agape Henry and Ignatius Byer’s Recarlo Boyce each scored as their schools played to a 1-1 draw. Sharon Primary were victorious over Good Shepherd Primary 3-0.

At Gall Hill, Anthony Alleyne’s brace and Amir Gustave’s strike  gave Bay Primary a 3-0 win over St. John Primary. Wills Primary’s Abiola Grant found the back of the nets twice and  Sebastian Thompson added a third as they easily got the better of St Angela’s Primary 3-0.

St Bartholomew’s classy Tyreeke Rice scored a hat-trick and Thierry Jones added a brace as they hammered St. Lawrence 5-1 at Wotton. Brandon Riley scored a second-half penalty to salvage a little pride for his team-mates. Gordon Greenidge won 2-0 over Boscobel and Welches Primary defeated St Albans Primary 1-0 in the other games played.


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