There were some broken spirits at Bagatelle, St. Thomas this morning.
But such is the game of football.
Hilda Skeene Primary’s young footballers travelled from St. Philip this morning with high expectations and a tournament-best record of 8-0 but they returned to their school a vanquished unit, knocked out of the Bico-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Tournament by Deacons Primary via penalty kicks.
For once Hilda Skeene’s much vaunted goal-scoring machinery didn’t function as opponents Deacons Primary gave them little quarter in the goal area, defended their own box with tenacity and stormed into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Kai Brewster has been a stand-out in the competition and Deacons seemed to have done their scouting and homework on him as he was never allowed to really get into the game with his every touch of the ball being challenged.
At the end of regulation time it was scoreless and therefore down to the dreaded penalty kicks and here Hilda Skeene faltered greatly. Brewster, almost predictably, scored his penalty, but there were misses from team-mates Mikyle Gittens, Javon Young, Jaden Alleyne and Tyrese Parris.
Demario Sealy-Nurse, Shaquon Haynes and Santro Springer then stepped to the spot and brought unbridled joy to parents and other supporters at the ground with the 3-1 penalty differentiation.
Also at Bagatelle, St Bartholomew’s, the favourites of many following the tournament and especially those connected to the Christ Church school, battled the speedy A Dacosta Edwards Primary team and emerged 2-1 winners thanks to a scintillating display by Thierry Jones who scored both goals. For the St. Andrew school, Che Jordan got one past St. Bartholomew’s promising custodian Jediah Blades.Defending champions St. Gabriel’s are also back in the quarter-finals but they had to fight tooth and nail to get there.
Playing at Blenheim, Gordon Walters controlled lengthy stretches of the game but Joshua Price’s goal was all that they had to show for their urgency and industry.
Earlier Samuel Alkins and Nick Storey had found the back of Andre Applewaithe goals and St. Gabriel’s could possibly have added to that tally but for Applewaithe’s efforts between the uprights.
In the second game at Blenheim, Wilkie Cumberbatch made it into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over All Saints Primary. Scoring for the winners were Simon Hinds and Donte Greenidge, while Desean Boyce netted for All Saints.
Tomorrow at Rices, St. Philip, Arthur Smith take on St. John Primary at 9:30 a.m., while West Terrace battle against Roland Edwards at 10:30 a.m. Meanwhile, at Gall Hill, St. John, Wesley Hall take on St. Stephen’s Primary at 9:30 a.m., and at 10:30 a.m. Cuthbert Moore come up against George Lamming.
The quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday.