Somersfield capture under-13 title
Saltus Grammar won the Middle School Six-A-Side tournament over-13 division after defeating TN Tatem 2-1 in the final at Shelly Bay yesterday.
Jonah Faria gave Saltus an early lead with a fine goal, which was assisted by Sachiel Ming. Tatem soon levelled through Tamai Hewey, who rose highest to head home from a corner. The match was settled in the final minute when Ming scored after a neat exchange with Tre Burgess.
Both teams reached the finals after winning on penalties after goalless draws in semi-finals. Saltus defeated Warwick Academy 4-2 on penalties, while Tatem beat Sandys Secondary by the same margin.
Somersfield Academy won the under-13 division after defeating Whitney Institute 1-0 in a tightly contested final.
Jannis Roberts did well to shake off his marker and break free before calmly slipping the ball past the advancing Whitney goalkeeper.
Somersfield defeated Warwick Academy 2-0 in the semi-final thanks to goals either side of half-time through Kai Sampson and Roberts.
Whitney reached the final courtesy of a London Robinson winner in a 1-0 victory over Sandys Middle.
Meanwhile, the Berkeley Institute enjoyed double delight on Wednesday after their senior school boys triumphed in both age groups of the competition.
The first title duly arrived in the over-16 age category as Berkeley Gold cruised past CedarBridge Academy Blue 3-0 in the final. Substitute Zaire Smith showcased his lethal touch in front of goal, adding a second-half double to Jeze Butterfield’s first-half opener, to complete the comfortable victory.
Pool A winners Berkeley Gold’s passage to the final was secured after a scare, as they had to rely on penalties to overcome Pool B runners-up CedarBridge Academy Red.
Berkeley seized the advantage as Jaheim Iris gave his side the lead early in the second half after a neat exchange with Butterfield, but Rayquon Smith Woodley sent the match into penalties with a dramatic leveller, direct from a free kick, in the dying stages. However, Berkeley ultimately prevailed 4-2 on penalties to seal their place in the finals.
CedarBridge Academy Blue made the final after defeating Pool B winners Berkeley Gold 2-0 in the other semi-final with goals from Matthew Mello and Takai Ball.
Berkeley Gold added to their over-16 division success by also claiming the under-16 division title after defeating Saltus Grammar School 2-0 in the final, courtesy of a double either side of half-time from Sekai Tatem.
Berkeley Gold edged past Berkeley Green 1-0 in the semi-final thanks to a David Blankendal goal, while Saltus defeated Chatmore Academy 6-0 in the other semi-final with a Vishan Patton hat-trick being added to by Cody Robinson, Tyrese Charves and Caleb McDowell.
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