Prolific Amir Gustave and Shakeem Kellman netted one goal each to see Bay Primary into the quarter-final round of the BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Tournament today.
This morning at the Bagatelle, St Thomas ground, Bay Primary defeated Hilda Skeene Primary 2-0 in a keenly fought contest. Just when it looked as though the first half would remain scoreless Bay Primary netted a goal on the stroke of half time.
Gustave found the nets when he ran quickly down the right flank and Hilda Skeene’s defence could not handle the pace, He made his way into the 12-yard box where he executed a shot at goal and scored past custodian Nicholas Proverbs.
Hilda Skeene needed to find the equalizer during the second half and created a few opportunities to do so but were denied thanks to good defending and goalkeeping from Bay Primary goalkeeper Michael Browne.
Matters only got worse for the boys from St Philip when Bay Primary scored another goal through striker Kellman. It all came about when Gustave sent in a long ball from the left that was controlled beautifully by Kemar Butler who squared to Kellman who then shot past Hilda Skeene keeper Proverbs.
In the second and final game at Bagatelle, Deacons Primary deservingly secured their place in the quarterfinals with a 4-2 penalty win over Ignatius Byer Primary.
The first half was uneventful but in the second half Deacons probed and searched for a goal inside the box and captain Keshawn Smith took a shot that went right of Ignatius Byer’s goalkeeper Kobe Phillips and into the back of the nets.
That advantage was short-lived as Makhail Griffith found the equalizer seconds later to stun Deacons. The score remained that way until Fredrick Bynoe blew his whistle to signal time was up.
That resulted in the game going into extra time which were two five-minute halves but still no one managed to break the deadlock. That resulted in a penalty shoot out which won by Deacons who, along with their supporters, erupted in celebration.
At King George V Memorial Park, Arthur Smith defeated Grantley Prescod 3-0 with goals coming from Devon Bynoe, Tramar Cox and Jaheem Wilson. In another game at the park, Milton Lynch got goals from Niko Pilgrim, Damien Mathias and Aaron Neblett in their 3-0 victory over A DaCosta Edwards.
At Greens, St George, last year’s champions St Stephen’s Primary were knocked out of the tournament when they went down to Blackman and Gollop 2-1. Nicholas McKenna and Marques Lovell scored for the winners while Kimani Blackman tried to keep his school in the contest with a goal, but to no avail.
Also at Greens, St Albans scored all three goals in their 2-1 victory over Gordon Greenidge. They not only scored for themselves, but also gifted Gordon Greenidge with an own goal.
In what many might consider a giant-killing act, St Cyprian’s defeated traditional powerhouses Wesley Hall 2-0 at Trents, St James. Jayden Sealy and Marcus Whittington scored for the winners.
In an exciting match at the same location, Charles F Broome beat Ellerton Primary 2-1. Ethan Taylor and Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse scored for the winners while Ellerton’s goal came compliments of Javon Parris