The Barbados Soccer Academy defending champion teams at under-13, under-15 A and under-17 moved to the semi-final stage of the Barbados Football Association’s Youth Soccer Tournament over the past weekend.
In the under-17 age group at the Wildey, St. Michael Astroturf, the BSA played against Ellerton and cruised home with a 4-1 victory. Stefan Ifill was the first academy player to hit the nets of Ellerton through a long range shot from outside the 18-yard box, catching the Ellerton custodian Jabarry Prescod off guard.
Then in the second half of the game, the academy’s Joshua Walcott stamped his authority as a starter for his team, scoring a hat-trick of goals while displaying some exciting ball skills and magnificent placement of the ball in the opponent’s nets.
Walcott ‘s performance gave his academy’s selectors clear evidence that he was ready to perform in Houston, Texas in July in the Pepsi International Tournament which the academy will be attending. Shakille Belle responded for Ellerton with their sole goal.
In the under-15 quarterfinal match between the academy and Pro-shottas, Pro-shottas scored the first goal in the match and caused ripples in the academy’s camp.
However, the defending champions went into high gear with the Rajohn Hawkesworth and Deonte Munroe combination upfront and strong defending from Torian Went, Shaquan Morrison and Romairo Mcdowall serving to turn the game completely around. Hawkesworth and Munroe scored two goals each in the 4-1 win.
The defending under-13 champion team, with six championship titles in seven years and not losing a game in six years, had a walkover victory against Notre Dame winning 5-0. The strongly-built Renaldo Bowen, captain of the academy, constantly tormented the Notre Dame defence and was frequently on the receiving end of some great through passes from Dario Williams in midfield. Good performances also came from Shaqkym Germain, Jazz Gittens and Reneako Marshall.