Milton Lynch Primary and St Stephen’s Primary have both secured a place in the semifinals of the annual National Sports Council BICO Primary Schools Football Competition following quarterfinal action today at the National Stadium.
Former kings of the tournament, Milton Lynch, pulled off a 3-1 result when they took on the best of Bayley’s Primary in this morning’s match-up.
And St Stephen’s trounced Wesley Hall 3-1 in the opening contest today to confirm their semifinal date at 9:30.a.m against Milton Lynch next Monday, June 25th at the Stadium. In the second semifinal match-up, West Terrace Primary will go up against Grantley Prescod Primary.
Milton Lynch were first to shake the nets when an aerial ball from captain Mikyle Norgrove in the eighth minute made its way over the top right of the 12-yard box and striker Christian Gill delivered the finishing touch.
Well, it didn’t take long for group seven leaders Milton Lynch to add another in the 16th minute when captain cool (Norgrove) nailed a 25-yard free kick that curled past Bayley’s goalkeeper Rivaldo Padmore who did not stand a chance of keeping the ball out.
Having won five matches with one draw and a loss heading into today’s game, Milton Lynch were all smiles with a 2-0 advantage at the end of the 20-minute opening half.
But Bayley’s in the second half threatened to make a comeback when they managed to score in the 22nd minute through Macaiah Clarke to cut the deficit by one and put pressure on Milton Lynch to score another goal.
It was actually a stroke of luck for Bayley’s when Clarke was left unmarked and took a 20-yard shot that went towards the goal bars and Milton Lynch goalkeeper Akodi Corbin moving lackadaisically allowed the ball to bounce right past him and rolled into the bars.
Bayley’s who are also the reigning champions of the National Sports Council’s Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket competition sensed they were still in with a chance to come from behind and steal the win against Milton Lynch.
But instead, Milton Lynch in their traditional green found the back of the nets yet again. And guess who? Captain Norgrove with a terrific 36th-minute strike when he dribbled the defender on the right flank and made his way close enough to the target for a well-deserved goal.
Bayley’s and their St Phillip posse were silent after that, and with the sound of referee Kenville Layne’s whistle, Milton Lynch began to celebrate their 3-1 victory.
In the other match-up played earlier in the day, St Stephen’s star athlete Ratanang Barker who impressed at the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship this year and will soon be making his way to Queen’s College, showed his capabilities with a brace in the 24th and 33rd minutes respectively against Wesley Hall who also sentenced themselves with an own goal.
Even though Tyjae Delpeache managed to pull a goal back for Wesley Hall in the 34th minute, the fat lady had already sounded her voice as St Stephen’s took away a 3-1 triumph.