O'Mari DeShields to the rescue as East senior boys win All-Star shoot-out
After a two-year break during the pandemic, the All-Star Schools Football matches returned with a bang at Flora Duffy Stadium on Saturday.
Five matches took place on a bumper day of action with the best students from the east taking on the top players in the west some highly entertaining games.
The West won the Primary School boys match 2-0 with goals either side of half-time from Kyron Bryan, of Purvis Primary, and Vashon Martin of Saltus Grammar School.
Bryan was fed a brilliant pass from team-mate Jace Postlethwaite before slipping the ball under the East goalkeeper and Postlethwaite was unfortunate not the find the back of the net himself as he hit the woodwork twice.
Adam Barritt, from Saltus Grammar, for the West and East goalkeeper Tayte Browne. from Mount Saint Agnes Academy, won the MVP awards.
The East ran out big 6-1 winners in the middle school girls game led by Whitney Institute’s Cayli Dowling, who scored a hat-trick with some long-range efforts. School-mates Evans Welch and Kalila Daley added a goal each along with Jada O’Brien from Clearwater Middle School. Amiya James from Warwick Academy scored the lone goal for the West. James and Dowling were named MVPs for their respective teams.
The Middle School Boys game also went to the East, who were comfortable 4-0 winners. Whitney's explosive forward Norico Furbert led the East with a hat-trick with Million Outerbridge from Dellwood Middle School adding the fourth with a long-range free kick. Furbert's heroics earned him the MVP award for the East along with Saltus's Malik Paynter, who was named most valuable player despite having to leave the game through injury.
It was the West who came out on top in the Senior School Girls match with Jahni Simmons another player to score a hat-trick on the day. The Berkeley Institute’s hard-working forward was the clear star and capped the evening with a spectacular long-range effort. The West’s fourth goal came from an equally fine finish from Berkeley's Keyandae Lightbourne.
Simmons was named MVP for the West while tough-tackling defender Samara Darrell from Warwick Academy was named MVP for the East.
The closest game of the day was saved for last with the East winning a penalty shoot-out in the Senior School Boys match after the game ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Somersfield Academy’s Enrique Mendes gave the East a first-half lead via the penalty spot after Kee-Zai Cann from CedarBridge Academy was brought down in the box.
The West equalised minutes later when Kwame Naylor cross found Daion Swan-Desilva on the far edge of the box and he calmly collected the ball and found the far corner of the net with a well-placed shot.
With neither side coming out on top, the game went to penalties with Naylor, Kristian Cherrington, Kimai Hendrickon scoring for the East and Cole Summers, Riley Robinson and Tajahri Rogers converting for the West.
O'Mari DeShields then made two saves for the East before Tre Burgess held his nerve to convert his effort. DeShields was named MVP for his saves while Swan-DeSilva was named MVP for the west.