Extra sweet victory
TWO LATE GOALS in extra time led Grantley Prescod Primary School to their first title of The National Sports Council Bico Primary School Football competition.
The St Barnabas-based school, formerly Pine Primary, had a hard-fought 2-0 victory over resilient Wesley Hall Primary at the National Stadium, yesterday.
After two scoreless 20 minute halves, it was Grantley Prescod’s attacking midfielder Devonte Richards who came to the party in the ten minutes of extra time when he scored one in the 42nd minute that probably could have been saved by Wesley Hall’s keeper, but instead went straight through his hands and feet.
Then, to add insult to Wesley Hall’s injury, Richards scored again six minutes afterwards in the 48th, after a free kick was awarded to his team. This then gave the opposition no chance of getting back into the game with just two extra minutes remaining.
Initially, it was a very slow and frustrating start for both sides, despite some slim opportunities for Grantley Prescod, courtesy of a few corners and free kicks in the first half, but Wesley Hall’s defence was having none of it, determined not to let their opponents take the lead so easily.
Triumphant coach Fernando Best could not contain his delight.
“I feel like I won the World Cup this morning (yesterday). This was the one championship that was eluding me, so it’s a wonderful feeling.”
When asked if he plans to defend the title next year he replied with full confidence, “For sure.”
At the presentation ceremony after the game, star player Richards received three well deserved awards for his consistent performances. He collected trophies for Most Valuable Player (MVP), Most Goals In The Tournament, with 19 overall, and also for being one of the outstanding players throughout the competition.
There was also some consolation for Wesley Hall as their captain and main striker Kemar John received an Outstanding Player award.