Elliot Primary and Warwick Academy among winners of school football finals
The Schools Football Cup finals are taking place this week after poor weather forced their postponement last month. With all the games rescheduled over the next few days, the first matches were held on Tuesday at North Field at the National Sports Centre, with Bermuda’s youngest students taking centre stage.
Senior school under-16 final
Warwick Academy 2 CedarBridge Academy 2 (Warwick won 3-2 on penalties)
Luke Horan scored a sensational free kick with the last shot of the game to equalise for Warwick Academy and send the final into a penalty shootout.
Warwick had taken the lead in the twelfth minute when Joshua Wilson's corner eluded everyone including the CedarBridge keeper. Dakayo Leverock entered the match at the interval and scored a stunning 40-yard goal to equalise in the 59th minute and CedarBridge took the lead in the 64th when Jahzion Taylor met a cross from the left and sneaked it past the advancing Warwick keeper.
Horan then stepped up in injury time to plant his curling free kick from outside the right corner of the box. Horan and Leverock were named MVPs for their respective teams.
Primary school girls final
Warwick Academy 2 Saltus Grammar school 0
Warwick Academy won this game early with two first-half goals. Anabelle Shah broke the deadlock with a sublime free kick from well outside the area before Naomi MacGuinness scored a few minutes later when beating the goalkeeper to the far post. Shah was named MVP for Warwick Academy, while Lynzy Pittendrigh was named MVP for Saltus.
Primary School Division 2 Final
Elliot Primary 3 St. George's Preparatory 2
Elliot Primary produced a stunning fightback to come from two goals down to lift the Division 2 title.
St. George's took an early lead in the third minute through a long-range blast from Kayden Harvey, which left the Elliot goalkeeper with no chance and they doubled the lead two minutes later through an own goal off of a curling corner.
But Elliot Primary MVP Tyiare Hollis almost single-handedly brought his team back into the match. Late in the first half, Hollis pounced on a rebound to get his side back into the match and just five minutes later he equalised with a shot from outside the box.
Both teams struggled to find the back of the net in the second half before Koa Lightbourne blasted in the winner with the last kick of the match from just inside his own half to seal victory for Elliot.
St. George's Sauri Walker was named MVP for the East Enders
Primary school boys division 1 final
Warwick Academy 4 Purvis Primary 1
Jace Postlethwaite gave Purvis primary the lead midway through the first half before Sami Luber took matters into his own hands to score all four goals and lead Warwick Academy to the title.
Luber scored his first via the penalty spot before giving his team the lead with a well-struck goal from the edge of the box. He put the game out of reach late in the game with a fine solo effort after dribbling past three defenders, with his last strike coming moments before the final whistle.
Luber was named game MVP along with Psalm Caines from Purvis Primary.