Charles F Broome and St Cyprian’s are into the final of the BICO-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Tournament.
Charles F Broome played well to defeat Arthur Smith 2-0 while in the other match-up St Cyprian’s made it into the final for the first time in their history by beating crowd favourites Bay Primary 2-0.
Interestingly, Charles F Broome and St Cyprian’s were both in Zone four and played each other in the preliminary rounds at Blenheim, St Michael where their game ended in a draw.
Charles F Broome had striker Ethan Taylor to thank for their advancement after he scored two excellent goals. The first of two goals occurred when the ball was played on the left to Taylor who ran on to it, broke inside the box and sent a composed shot past Arthur Smith goalkeeper Nathan Blackman in the fourth minute.
Four minutes later and Taylor was back in action scoring a superb free kick, at least 30 yards out, with the ball well placed over the head of Blackman who had no chance of stopping it.
Arthur Smith Primary needed a goal and worked the ball through the spaces but Charles F Broome’s defenders were on their toes and ensured nothing got through them. This resulted in an uneventful second half and a deserving win for the Government Hill school.
In the other semifinal St Cyprian’s, coached by Ramon Greaves, took a 1-0 lead through Seth Jones in the 17th minute when the diminutive lad put pressure on Bay Primary’s defender who allowed the ball to slip away in the right corner and Jones, a class two pupil, took a low right foot shot that surprisingly rolled past Bay Primary custodian Michael Browne.
Bay Primary had three early chances which they failed to capitalize on and that proved costly as St Cyprian’s found goal number two in the 19th minute. Dominic Downes, left unmarked on the left flank, did well to push the ball inside the six-yard area past Bay Primary defenders who were caught napping and he slotted past keeper Browne.
In the second half Bay Primary showed more fight by making St Cyprian’s defenders Fozlo Brewster and company work a bit harder but despite their best efforts to come from behind and score, led by their prolific captain Amir Gustave, that success never came.
Speaking after the match St Cyprian’s coach Greaves said he expected to reach this far and they were looking to go all the way to win the trophy.
“I always tell the boys we are even on talent. However they [St Cyprian’s] are smarter boys and we have improved throughout the tournament and I actually expected this result to be honest. We had a game plan for each game and the boys followed it throughout,” said a confident Greaves who made it clear it did not matter who they played in the final they would be ready with a game plan in place.
The final is scheduled for this Friday June 24 at the National Stadium at 11a.m. The third place game will be played at 10a.m. between Bay Primary and Arthur Smith Primary.