The Barbados Soccer Academy Under-13 footballers continue to impress on their tour of Canada.
Following three opening drawn matches, the youngsters turned in a brilliant performance yesterday as they drubbed the USC Soccer Academy 6 – 0 in Toronto.
It was Stefan Lorde, the diminutive Harrison College forward, who started in the goal rush.
In the 10th minute of the game he received a brilliant pass from Kavian Inniss of St. James Secondary School and slotted it past the tall Canadian keeper. Then in the 20th minute Lorde dribbled past the last man after controlling a precise pass from the wing, and sent a powerful 20-metre shot into the left corner of the nets.
In the 25th minute of the game, captain Renaldo Bowen of Queen’s College took an excellent cross from Rickneco Marshall of the Garrison School, used his strongly built body to ward off a defensive challenge and headed the ball into the opponents’ nets.
In the second half Dominic Crichlow of the Alleyne School, using his experience of being an attacking midfielder, positioned himself in space away from his marker and scored a long range shot from a distance of about 30 metres.
Tao Best, 11, who captained Westbury Primary School in the recent National Sports Council’s Primary Schools tournament, made his first mark for the team in the 50th minute of the game by scoring a header from a cross from Jaleel Corbin of Ellerslie Secondary School.
Best, with his style and accuracy, demonstrated that he will be one to watch in the future.
Then in the 65th minute Marshall, the smallest Barbadian player on the field, received a through pass from Rashad Brathwaite, and using the 180 degree step-over turn and the double scissors fake, out- distanced the two last defenders, took out the goal keeper in the six yard box, and easily found the goal line to tap the ball into the nets.††