The Barbados Secondary Schools Football League Final has been decided and St Leonard’s Boys will battle Frederick Smith for the under-16 championship.
This afternoon at the Bridgefield, St Thomas ground, Frederick Smith secured a place in the under-16 final by defeating favourites Parkinson Memorial 3-2 on penalties.
It was 35 minutes a half and Tyrese Horton gave Parkinson an early lead in the 16th minute when he dribbled the ball through the middle, into the 18-yard box and took a shot at goal. Unfortunately for Frederick Smith and to the delight of Parkinson the ball deflected off defender Jaden Jordan and passed to the right of goalkeeper Rishon Goodman.
Lamario Springer and Taquon Smith defended well for the Pine boys but they could not stop Javere Cumberbatch nine minutes later in the 25th when he dribbled past them both and then composed himself to take a wonderful shot at goal.
Ten minutes to play in the opening half and neither side found the back of the nets that left the scores 1-1 at half time.
Parkinson made one substitution when Shawneko Moore who played as striker in the first half was replaced by Reneiko Howell at the start of the second half. After some very attacking plays from both sides Horton scored again in the 55th minute to give Parkinson the 2-1 lead. The ball was played over on the left to the winger who took a shot at goal and unfortunately for Frederick Smith goalkeeper Goodman misjudged it.
Frederick Smith did not allow Parkinson to get too comfortable, though, and found the equalizer four minutes later through Azari Collymore. The St James lads produced a lovely build up play that eventually found the boot of Collymore who took a superb shot at goal and scored in the 59th minute.
Three minutes before the game ended Frederick Smith’s coach opted to replace his keeper Goodman who switched shirts with striker Tyreke Archer. That did not make much of a difference to the scoreboard because the encounter came down to a penalty shoot out and after the scores were locked 2-2, Parkinson missed three chances with Archer being responsible for two fantastic saves to deny Parkinson from advancing.
Meanwhile St Leonard’s Boys also booked their spot by defeating Alexander 2-1 in another keenly contested match played yesterday.