The Banks Bragging Rights Old Scholars Football trophy is there for the taking and it is simply a case of who wants to be crowned champions for 2017.
On August 1, Emancipation Day, the eventual winner will be decided when Coleridge and Parry take on St George in the final at the Barbados Lumber Company ground.
St George came out on top 4-3 on penalty kicks against first-time semi-finalists Deighton Griffith to secure a place in the final. They will face Coleridge and Parry who held on for a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Alleyne School when both semi finals were contested Thursday at Lumber Company.
Former national players Gregory “Lalu” Goodridge and Rashidi Williams rolled back the years wearing green for St George Secondary School. The allotted period of 25 minutes before half-time was a goalless stalemate.
But action picked up in the second and decisive half when Goodridge gave his team a 1-0 advantage after taking control of a pass inside the 18-yard box and then proceeded to take aim between two defenders and the ball flew into the right bottom post of the goal bars, past Deighton Griffith goalkeeper Trevor Devonish who was beaten by the pace on the strike.
Two minutes before half-time, Deighton Griffith responded off a left corner kick taken by Corey Brewster with a well-flighted shot that landed in front the goal bars as St George defence was left scrambling and in all the confusion the men from Christ Church found the equalizer.
St George had one last chance to steal the 2-1 win off a corner kick taken by Goodridge but Deighton Griffith did well to defend and force the game into a penalty shoot-out.
At the end of five penalty kicks, the scores were tied 3-3 resulting in sudden death. Scoring for St George were Rashidi Williams, Jomo Harewood, Shane Welch and Ronand Wickham while Goodridge, Jason Howard and Andre Wiltshire all failed to hit the target.
Deighton Griffith played a total of eight matches in the competition with six of those being decided by penalty shoot-outs inclusive of yesterday’s game. Ramon Nurse, Jeffrey Jack and Paul Lewis were the only three fortunate ones to get past St George goalkeeper Paul Brathwaite, as four other chances went a-begging for Deighton Griffith.
In the other matchup, the Alleyne School and Coleridge and Parry were two strong defensive teams but the latter got a stroke of luck on their side when Alleyne netted an own goal two minutes before half-time. It was a case of who scored first because with both teams having a strong backline, Coleridge and Parry were able to shut out Alleyne’s attack and hold on to celebrate after 50 minutes of regular time.