Their motto is Fear God, Think Clean, Aim High. To that can now be possibly added – Keep Cool.
St Leonard’s Boys’ held their nerve amid high drama and excitement to score a sudden death goal against Frederick Smith and snatch victory in the finals of the Coca Cola Barbados Secondary Schools Under-16 Football League at Harrison College today.
St Leonard’s Boys’ had won all of their matches prior to the finals and they were bubbling with confidence and imposed their authority on the Frederick Smith team from the start of the game. Captain Akobi Bell and Christopher Shepherd marshaled the defensive positions with much aplomb and created a formidable wall that the Frederick Smith lads could not penetrate.
The St Leonard’s attack led by Chrishawn Browne went on the hunt for goals from the outset. In the 16th minute, following an infringement, Shepherd took the resulting free kick that found the feet of Browne who booted it into the back of the nets.
Frederick Smith pressed forward trying their upmost to equalize but St Leonard’s defence kept them at bay. The skills of the young footballers from St Leonard’s were very apparent and frequently brought approving comments from the big crowd on the sidelines.
Their dominance suggested that it was only a matter of time before St Leonard’s scored again and their second goal duly came in the 25th minute when Shaquille Browne dribbled a player off a free kick, passed to Shepherd who danced around the box with the ball before tapping it into the goal.
But Frederick Smith were not prepared to lie down and play dead. A free kick by Ridon Pilgrim deep in the St Leonard’s area in the 43rd minute found its way onto the boot of Shakeim Clarke and he blasted it past goalkeeper Rasheak Williams to make the score 2-1.
In the 70th minute Clake scored a second goal off another free kick by Pilgrim to level the score at 2-2. At the end of regulation time the score was still 2-2.
The game then went into penalty kicks phase but at the end the score was tied 3-3. It was time for the dreaded sudden death. Frederick Smith had first go and their strike at goal was saved by St Leonard’s custodian Williams while Shepherd booted his kick into the back of the nets to win
the match for St Leonard’s and set off wild jubilation among the supporters of the Richmond Gap, St Michael school.
“I am happy for my team. They played unbeaten all season and this is a good victory for my young charges,” coach Fabian Massiah told Barbados TODAY after the game, as the young champions continued to celebrate.
In the third-place playoff that preceded the final, Alexandra defeated Christ Church Foundation 1-0 compliments
of a Russell Taylor goal in the 50th minute.
Please also see pages 36&37 in our 15/05/2014 digital ePaper edition at http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb.