St David’s, Dandy Stars steal spotlight at Youth Girls Finals
St David’s and Dandy Stars stole the spotlight with two titles each in the inaugural end-of-season Youth Girls Knockout Finals at BFA Field on Sunday.
The Lady Warriors started the day well by edging the under-7 final, which was played against PHC.
Kierra Broadley-Samuels scored the lone goal of the game, which arrived midway through the first half, after she sprinted through the Zebras’ defence and slipped her effort low past Alexie Fubler in goal.
Zebras didn’t create anything of note for the remainder of the contest, as St. David’s defended well to see out the victory.
In the under-9 final, Bermuda High School took control of the contest early in the first half, when Gemma Healy weaved her way through the Saltus defence before firing past the Saltus goalkeeper to give her team the advantage and the title.
St. David’s took on PHC in the under-11 final with Miyari Trott opening the scoring for St David’s from just inside the PHC half. They should have doubled their advantage from the kick-off, only to have another finish by Trott ruled out by the referee’s whistle, marking the conclusion of the first period.
Just minutes into the second half, Zebras equalised as Malayah Curtis-Adams picked out Riley Khan, whose powerful effort could only be parried by goalkeeper Marli Robinson into her own net.
Both sides pushed for the win, but neither defences would be broken for a second time as the contest headed to penalty kicks to decide the outcome. Zebras could not convert any of their three attempts from the spot, while St. David’s converted one of their three to clinch their second title of the day.
The Under-13 final between Dandy Stars and BFLA was a scrappy affair with both teams defending well as they fought for possession in an intriguing midfield battle.
Eva Tuzo had the best chance of the match for Stars, but she dragged her shot wide in the second period as neither team managed to find the net in regulation time. In the shoot-out, Stars converted all three of their spot-kicks to secure the crown with BFLA’s Emily Henshilwood, skying her effort.
Dandy Stars and BFLA could not be separated once again in the combined under-15/under-17 final, the only category, which took the offside rule into account.
Both sides went for the jugular from the first whistle in a fast-paced, end-to-end contest.
Midway through the first period, Danielle Simmons found Azari Easton, who slotted low into the near post to give Stars the lead, but it was ruled out for offside.
Just before the final whistle, BFLA created their best chance of the game when Janni Simmons slipped in Robin Valencia Pearman to finish past Dominique Brown. Once again, the attacker was ruled just offside as they game went to a penalty shoot-out.
Both sides converted two of their allotted spot-kicks to force the shoot-out to sudden death, where Samara Darrell missed her kick for BFLA. Ariana Fox scored to land Stars their second championship of the day.