Deighton Griffith have denied defending champions Alexandra a chance to reach the semifinals in the ongoing Banks Bragging Rights Old Scholars Football Tournament.
The sixth edition of the competition continued Tuesday night at the Barbados Lumber Company Ground with the quarterfinals and Deighton Griffith competing for the very first time since the tournament’s inception in 2012 dumped Alexandra out of the competition 4-3 on penalty kicks.
No doubt Alexandra were the favourites having won the title in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and looking to secure their fourth. The men from the north have produced a few outstanding players who were in action Tuesday namely Julian Mottley and Anthony Forde who both once played for Weymouth Wales, the reigning Premier League and Knockout champions for 2017.
It the presence of a massive crowd, Deighton Griffith never showed signs of being intimidated and they were good in the defensive midfield even though Alexandra had about three golden opportunities to take the lead. Once Forde missed an attempted scorcher of a shot and then Jason Blackman failed to bury the easiest of chances with an open shot that went flying out of the ground. That resulted in a goalless scoreline after 40 minutes of regular time.
Both goalkeepers Dale Addison of Alexandra and Trevor Devonish of Deighton Griffith were placed under pressure. They both did well especially Devonish with a wonderful save on Ramuel Miller.
Scoring for Deighton Griffith were Ramon Nurse, Paul Lewis, Ryan Grimes and Jeffery Jark while Phillip Belle was the only one to miss the target. For Alexandra Jason Blackman, Kenroy Skinner and Stevenson Stanford found the nets but Ramuel Miller and Anreco Ramsey spoiled any chance the men from Speightstown had of advancing.
St George Secondary captured a hard fought 1-0 victory against Christ Church Foundation School compliments a strike from former national player Gregory ‘Lalu’ Goodridge.
The margin of success was a lot bigger when Alleyne School convincingly trounced the Lodge School 4-0. Meanwhile, Coleridge & Parry won 3-0 against St Lucy Secondary (Daryll Jordan). St Lucy suffered from not having their key marksman and former Barbados national captain Norman Forde who was red carded last week.
The match-ups for tomorrow’s semifinals will be Deighton Griffith against St George and Coleridge and Parry will take on Alleyne.