School football knockout finals return after three-year break
After a three-year break as a result of the Covid pandemic, football-crazy boys and girls from all over the island will be looking forward to the Bermuda School Sports Federation's knockout cup finals at the National Sports Centre North Field on Saturday.
A bumper day of action is on the cards with eight finals ranging from Primary to Senior schools and admission will be free for the following matches
Saltus Grammar v Warwick Academy (Primary Schools Girls Final, 10am)
Both teams earned their spot in the final after winning their respective leagues undefeated. The two teams met earlier this year in the six-a-side tournament final, in which Warwick Academy ran away with a 5-0 victory.
Elliot Primary school v St Georges’s Preparatory (Primary School Boys Division 2 Final, 10am)
These schools both progressed from the east division with St. George’s finishing first and Elliot second. Elliot defeated Northland’s Primary 2-0 in the first round and west-zone winners Dalton E. Tucker Primary school 2-1 in the semi-final with Koa Lightbourne scoring both goals. Keoni Lowe netted the consolation goal.
St. George’s Prep beat Somerset Primary 5-1 in the first round and were 3-1 winners over central-zone’s Mount Saint Agnes in the semi-final. Casano Dickinson scored twice for the east enders with Harlo Robinson also finding the back of the net.
Saltus Grammar v Whitney Institute (Middle School under-13 boys final, 10am)
This has the potential to be a high-scoring affair after both teams scored six goals apiece in their semi-final matches.
Kaiyuri Albouy led the Knights with a hat-trick in their 6-1 victory over Warwick Academy, with Chaz Edmead netting twice and an own goal rounding out the scoring. Zydon Lightbourne-Furbert was on target for Warwick Academy. Saltus had ealrier defeated Clearwater Middle School in the quarter-final.
Solomon Salaam also scored a hat-trick in Whitney’s 6-1 win over Sandys Secondary Middle School. Ny’ori Dill added a brace and Amai Harvey one in the Bulls’ victory. A’jhi smith scored the lone goal for the west enders.
Whitney had earlier received a bye into the semi-finals, while Sandys had overcome Dellwood Middle School on penalties after the match ended in a 3-3 draw.
Whitney Institute v Warwick Academy (Middle School Girls Final, 12pm)
Evans Welch scored six goals as The Whitney Institute stormed into the final with an 8-2 win over Somersfield Academy. R’Zanee Evans-Waldron and Daley Outerbridge were also on the scoresheet. Zoe Mir and Mia Daponte scored for Somersfield.
Whitney had received a bye in the semi-final, while Somersfield Academy defeated Saltus Grammar School 4-0 in the quarter-finals.
Warwick Academy players Tayte Glasgow, Annabel Keith and Amiyah James scored in their 3-0 semi-final win over Bermuda High School. The team had earlier defeated Dellwood middle School in the quarter-finals, while BHS edged past Sandys Secondary Middle school 1-0.
Warwick Academy v CedarBridge Academy (Senior School under-16 Boys Final, 12pm)
Warwick Academy will square up against CedarBridge Academy Red in the under 16 final after stunning the Berkeley Institute Gold team 4-1 in the semi-final largely thanks to a Freddie Twite hat-trick. Nate Snelling scored Warwick’s other goal with Jayden Balboda Raveneau scoring for Berkeley.
Warwick had earlier defeated Saltus Grammar School in the quarter-final with Berkeley Gold defeating Somersfield Academy.
CedarBridge Academy Red got past CedarBridge Blue in the other semi-final.
Warwick Academy v Saltus Grammar (Middle School Over-13 Boys Final, 2pm)
Saltus booked their spot in the final after a tense 4-3 penalty shootout win over Somersfield Academy after the match ended 2-2. Somersfield Academy jumped to an early 2-0 lead through a double strike from Nathaniel Thomas with Saltus pulling one back late in the first half before Christian Piney scored a header at the back post with two minutes remaining to level. Saltus had a bye to reach the semi-finals, while Somersfield Academy got past Mount Saint Agnes 3-1.
Warwick Academy made it to the final after defeating Sandys Secondary Middle School 4-0. Max Kimberley scored twice alongside goals from Zydon Lightbourne Furbert and Sakari Lewis. Warwick defeated Dellwood Middle School in the quarter-final with Sandys victorious over The Whitney Institute
Purvis Primary v Warwick Academy (Primary School Division 1 Boys Final, 2pm)
West zone champion Purvis Primary will face west-zone runner-up Warwick Academy after both teams overcame east zone semi-finalists.
Purvis Primary were 3-1 winners over Somersfield Academy with Nicolas Gomez-Caines, Psalm Caines and Kyron Bryan all on target. Mathis Stevens scored for Somersfield Academy.
Warwick saw off Saltus Grammar School 4-1 in the other semi-final. Cree Bean scored twice for the winners with Gebre Vickers and Cayden Lee each adding to the total. Royal Fubler-Tucker scored for Saltus.
Berkeley Institute v Warwick Academy (Senior School Girls Final, 4pm)
Berkeley put an end to Saltus Grammar School’s four-year title run after defeating them on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw to reach the final.
Warwick defeated CedarBridge Academy 5-0 with goals from Adriana Argent, Shayla Cann, Isabel Roe and Ashley DaSilva alongside an own goal.
Saltus Grammar v Berkeley Institute (Senior School Boys Final, 6pm)
These two sides face off in the nightcap in a repeat of the six-a-side final in which Berkeley claimed the title with the last kick of the game.
In this tournament, Saltus needed two goals from Tre Burgess to overcome Mount Saint Agnes Academy 2-1 in the semi-final with Angelino Madeiros on target forthe losing side.
Senior school over-16 league matches were all extremely tight and this again was evident in the other semi-final, where yet another penalty shootout was needed to decide the match.
Berkeley took the lead through a Miguel Falcao free kick before Tajahri Rogers equalized for CedarBridge. Berkeley then held their nerve in the shootout.