Christ Church Foundation School averted relegation from Division One of the Barbados Secondary Schools Football League, when they trounced Princess Margaret, 5-0, during Tuesday’s playoff at the Usain Bolt, Sports Complex.
Princess Margaret, the third-placed team from Division Two, came up against the third last team in the Division One table, Foundation, with both teams finding themselves in a must-win situation.
Victory for the Six Roads, St Philip side would have seen them promoted to Division One while a defeat for Foundation would have resulted in their demotion.
In the end, the boys from Church Hill were the ones celebrating, having survived another season in Division One.
Victorious coach, Roger Gittens told Barbados TODAY they had bee forced to overcome several challenges throughout the season, in order to stay up.
“We had a number of issues in terms of disappointments with players,” Gittens said.
“We missed a number of key players at the start of the season and of course, the season was not as long as we would have liked, but I found that guys came out to play football and executed on most occasions.
“It was rough in terms of dropping points needlessly at times, which of course led us to this position where we had to play basically the relegation game. We have a good crop of players and a lot of them would be back for next season, so we should be fairly well set next year.”
It took Foundation a shade over half-hour into the exchanges to take the lead through Jameel Walkes, who scored with a diagonal shot just outside the 18-yard box in the 31st minute.
They quickly doubled their lead a minute later when Princess Margaret’s lackadaisical approach cost them yet another goal. Nathan Maynard did well to outpace one defender before burying a one-time shot past goalkeeper Dennison Puckerin.
A 2-0 advantage was definitely the kind of momentum, coach Gittens and the Foundation lads were hoping for at the conclusion of the 45-minute half, and they dominated on resumption to add three more goals.
Shachin Cox added his name to the list of goal-scorers in the 53rd minute, followed by a strike from Saviola Thomas in the 60th, before national Under-15 player Cliff Gooding- Edghill netted in the 80th minute.
Princess Margaret coach Wren Ramsay said the team had been without the service of key players, and that was one of the reasons they were unable to compete strongly with Foundation.
“The goalkeeper who actually played [Puckerin] is actually one of my strikers,” Ramsay said.
“He plays centre forward but was switched to goalkeeping because our goalkeeper Keon Waite was injured in an accident over the weekend so we had to replace him, so that was part of the reason for the number of goals that we conceded.
“We also made some rotation to the team by including a number of Under-16 players who will be going forward to play Under-19 next year, in order to get a gauge as to whether or not we could stand up to first division football.
“We did not get the opportunity to be promoted but going forward the goal for us is to strengthen the team in order to perform well in Division Two next year.”