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QC, Foundation take U-14 titles


ANMAR GOODRIDGE-BOYCE

QC, Foundation take U-14 titles

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Queen’s College denied Christ Church Foundation a historic double title in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Under-14 Football Competition and were crowned boys’ champions with a late 2-1 victory at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex yesterday.

Having secured the girls’ title earlier in the day, defeating The Lodge School 2-1, thanks to strikes from Olinna Bishop and Kennell Johnson, Foundation looked on course to win both championships, but it wasn’t to be.

Captain Jalen Johnson led from the front and produced a moment of brilliance in the 16th minute, hammering home a left-footed volley from outside the box past QC’s goalkeeper Rivaldo Padmore, to trigger massive celebrations from the Foundation supporters.

Moments earlier, QC had the best chance of the first half. Foundation’s centre back Javon Greene mistimed a clearance that allowed Nathan Scott a clear path on goal, but his shot from close range was wide of the goalbar.

Naiff Lynch had a goal disallowed right on the brink of the half-time whistle, which upset the QC players and coaches as the referee’s assistant flagged for an infringement.

Johnson and left-winger Kenrian Harris were causing the boys from Husbands, St James, a lot of trouble as the half ended.

But when the teams returned from the company of their coaches during the interval, the script was changed.

Queens: Christ Church Foundation were crowned the Girls’ Under-14 champions.

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Jordan Bryan, Ronan Lee and captain Diego Fenty started to string a few passes together as momentum shifted towards QC.

Lee thought he had grabbed the equalising goal for QC ten minutes after the resumption, but his shot from inside the box was saved by the knees of goalkeeper Nazaree Crookindale.

However, six minutes from time, pressure mounted and Foundation gave away numerous set piece opportunities in dangerous positions and QC’s captain Deigo Fenty made one count when it mattered most.

Fenty curled a right-footed effort, which took a huge deflection, into the back of the net to send the match into extra-time.

But just when a possible penalty shoot-out appeared to be looming, Scott became QC’s hero, calmly slotting in a right-footed volley past Crookindale to break the hearts of the Foundation players.

Speaking after the match, QC’s coach Rory Sidaway said: “The boys just stuck to the plan and did what we do best. They kept possession, passed the ball and created chances. Despite going one-nil down, I told them just believe. I was confident when we equalised that we would get the winner.” (AGB)

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