St Jude’s create history with win

St Jude’s Primary scored an historic win in the National Sports Council’s BICO Primary Schools Football Competition at the National Stadium Friday.

The plucky St George team showed great resilience to edge traditional powerhouses Wesley Hall Primary 3-2 in extra time of their quarterfinal clash. That victory ensured that St Jude’s advanced for the very first time into the semifinal round of the competition which has been around for more than three decades.

They will now meet former champions Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary who easily secured their place with a 2-0 victory against St Alban’s Primary. That showdown is scheduled for Monday, June 19, when both semifinal games will be contested.

Friday’s matchup between Wesley Hall and St Jude’s lived up to expectations with the scores being tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of regular time. The game was forced into ten minutes of extra time and the score was all squared 2-2 yet again and just when the game appeared heading for a penalty shoot out, Kishmar Burrowes became the hero with a match-winning goal that sealed his team’s fate.

It came down to who wanted the ball more when Javon Alleyne of St Jude’s Primary battled Javion Whitehall of Wesley Hall Primary.

Ten minutes into the game and St Jude’s took the lead when a corner shot from the left of goal found Javon Alleyne who got some touch on to it and finished the job smartly.

The score remained that way until the second half when Amir Howard secured the equalizer for Wesley Hall in the 26th minute.

Following that the midfield battle continued and Wesley Hall in particular found themselves guilty of not challenging the ball and giving St Jude’s too much breathing space. There were also times Wesley Hall got the ball inside the box and there was no one there to finish. Eventually the match went into ten minutes of extra time and Wesley Hall were the ones to strike first in the second minute of extra time.

A wonderful build-up play from the right by Wesley Hall attackers who changed the direction over to the left where Alessandro O’Donnell-Waldron took the shot inside the 12-yard box and was initially denied by St Jude’s untidy defence that then allowed Thierry Corbin to bury the rebound and send Wesley Hall supporters into a frenzy.

Those celebrations were short-lived as seven minutes later Kishmar Burrowes produced a well-measured free kick that went through the hands of Wesley Hall goalkeeper Zachary Alexander and shook the nets in the ninth minute. With just one minute of extra time to go, the miracle Wesley Hall needed to come from behind never materialised.

It was joy all around for Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary as they convincingly defeated St Alban’s Primary to reach the semifinal.

In the other quarterfinal clash, Wilkie Cumberbatch had no problems taking care of business against St Alban’s winning 2-0 thanks to goals by Raquan Clarke and Jean-Luc Stoute in the 19th and 37th minutes respectively.

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