The stage is now set for an exciting finale to the 2014 Barbados Football Cup at the National Stadium tomorrow.
Several teams have booked their places in the finals and among these are Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) who won a penalty shootout 4-3 over Pro-Shottas in the under-17 semi-finals showdown today.
Defending champions BSA stamped their authority early in the 22nd minute of play at the Harrison College ground when the ball went over midfielder Torian Went’s head to the far post on the left of the field and Jadon Norville was there to finish the job as he headed the ball past Pro-Shottas’ goal keeper Jerome Blackman.
BSA extended their lead in the 32nd minute when a clearance from goalkeeper Codee Scantlebury bounced over midfielder Zaid Quintyne’s head and was headed on by striker Carl Hinckson who used his speed to get clear on goal and then sublimely lobbed Pro-Shottas goalkeeper Blackman for a sensational finish. At half time the score was 2-0 and at this stage many believed that BSA would secure an easy victory.
But Pro-Shottas came out in the second half with a different approach to their game where they were pushed the ball more up the field and often kept possession for lengthy periods. It was just a matter of time before they were rewarded for their industry and it came in the 60th minute through midfielder Quintyne who received an overhead pass from defender Albert Collymore and took a shot at goal but the ball was fumbled back into play by the BSA goalkeeper. This allowed Quintyne to follow through and score from the error.
In the 70th minute Pro Shottas’ confidence grew even more when midfielder Akeil Smith received a through ball from midfielder, D’Cangelo Ward which Smith cut back and right booted past the BSA custodian. There were ten minutes of extra time and both teams failed to add a goal which meant that the game went down to penalties which went BSA’s way.
Gall Hill would be the team standing in BSA’s way of retaining the championship after they defeated Cosmos 2-0 to secure their berth in the finals. The Christ Church-based team began their quest when the ball was played over the top by midfielder Rajohn Oxnard from the left of the field to striker Khalil Gill who slammed the ball to the right of Cosmos’ goalkeeper Donte Hinds in the 41st minute.
A couple minutes later in the 58th minute Oxnard played the ball to the left of the field to striker Shaquan Newton who then right-booted the ball to the left corner of the goal bars and past a diving Hinds.
A new champion will definitely be crowned in the under-15 division after last year’s champions Barbados Soccer Academy were defeated 1-0 by Cox Coaching Academy (CCA) out of Trinidad and Tobago in today’s semifinal.
Playing at Weymouth, the visitors were impressive and it came as no surprise when a deft pass from midfielder Tyrell Emmanuel from the left of the field eluded three of the BSA defenders and found striker Ronaldo Edwards who crashed the ball to the right of BSA’s goalkeeper Akeem Scott and into the back of the nets.
The Trinidadians will come up against local team Pro-Shottas who won over KFC Pinelands 1-0 thanks to an excellent goal by midfielder Aluko Callender.