A goal each from Prolific national striker, Dishon Howell and Naill Reid-Stephens of St Leonard’s Boys saw the defending champions edged the Lodge School, 2-0, to earn a semi-final spot in the Under-19 Barbados Secondary Schools Football Knockout Competition.
Howell and Reid-Stephens scored in the 50th and 68th minute respectively this afternoon at Massiah Street to ensure the boys from Richmond Gap received a pass to meet Combermere in next week’s mouth-watering semi-final match-up.
St Leonard’s, recently crowned League One champions and classed as the titans of secondary school football, will find themselves pitted against Combermere, the League Two kings.
In the other quarter-final clash on Wednesday, Barbados Community College (BCC) slumped to a 3-1 defeat to 10-man Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic at the Eyrie.
National youth player Ricknico ‘Slick Rick’ Marshall scored a brace while Ray Francis netted the other goal.
Akil Alleyne bagged the lone goal for the BCC courtesy of a 32nd minute penalty.
SJPP started strongly when the dangerous Francis opened the scoring in the fourth minute, getting on to the end of a leading ball from Marshall, beating his markers before hammering a well-timed volley from the top of the 18-yard box.
The visitors continued to dominate possession and should have added to their scoreline on at least two more occasions but the opportunities went a-begging.
Against the run of play, BCC managed to equalise when Alleyne scored from the spot in the 32nd minute.
However, the hosts’ revival was short-lived as SJPP were back in front just two minutes later when Marshall rose above the BCC defense to head home Denilson Harte’s right corner kick.
The scoreline remained the same at half-time, leaving the BCC under pressure to respond in the second half. They exhibited a strong passing game on resumption, steadily pushing back the visitors but the back line marshaled by captain Kayden Bailey- Edwards and Rashad Jackman, held firm.
SJPP soaked up the pressure before responding clinically in the 73rd minute when Marshall took control of a lovely aerial ball inside the six-yard box and produced an excellent chip over goalkeeper, Jonathan Bynoe, to put the result out of question.
Minutes later SJPP went a man down when Francis was given his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card of the game.
He will now miss next week’s all-important semi-final against the Kings of the North, the Alexandra School.