Goalkeepers star in Knock Out finals
A man-of-the-match performance from Leijuan Matthews helped Berkeley Institute claim a narrow 1-0 win over CedarBridge Academy in the under-16 Senior Schools final of the Bermuda Schools Sports Federation Knock Out competition on Saturday.
Matthews, the Berkeley goalkeeper, had to be at his best to keep CedarBridge at bay, and Diaje Hart's goal was enough to separate the two sides at the National Sports Centre.
In the over-13 Middle School Boys final, Whitney Institute scored three times in the second half to beat Saltus Grammar School 3-1.
Jarryd Richardson put Saltus ahead in the first half, but that was as good as it got for the boys in red, with Kashe Hall, Jamori Tyrell and Natrae Eversly scoring three times for Whitney after the break.
In the boys Primary School final, a late goal from Ty Dunlop was enough to give Somersfield Academy a 1-0 win over West Pembroke.
Richardson also scored for his school in the under-13 final between the same two sides, but Saltus still needed penalties to finally see off a determined Whitney Institute team after the game finished 4-4.
Saltus took an early 2-0 lead through Ajani Lee and Richardson, before an own goal got them back into the game and Kazhi Sealy then equalised.
Leroy Lewis then gave Whitney the lead, only for another own goal to draw Saltus level. Saltus went back in front through Ajani Burchall, only for Lazai Outerbridge to grab an equaliser in the final minute sending the game to penalties.
The Middle School Girls' final also went to penalties, with T N Tatem finally ending Saltus's domination of the age group.
A hard-fought affair ended goalless, with Zhakhari Turner, the T N Tatem goalkeeper, taking the most valuable player award for her performance.
In the Primary School Girls' final, Elliot Primary beat Bermuda High School 3-0.
The Senior School finals will take place on Thursday at the National Stadium, with Berkeley Institute taking on CedarBridge Academy in both the girls and boys games.
Berkeley Institute boys hammered Warwick Academy 4-0 in their semi-final on Friday, with CedarBridge Academy seeing off Saltus 4-1.
In the girls semi-finals, Berkeley edged past Saltus 1-0, while CedarBridge crushed BHS 9-0.
The games will be televised on Digicel SportsMax, after the BFA and BSSF came to an agreement with the cable channel.
The matches will be filmed by Fresh TV, who will have four to six cameras and commentary, with the matches shown on television a few days later.
“The BFA is really excited about this venture with Digicel SportsMax as it gives our players in Bermuda the opportunity to showcase school and youth football to the wider Caribbean region,” Maurice Lowe, the BFA Technical Development Director, said.