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Berkeley’s double victory

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 Berkeley's boys' football teams set out to play in the annual High School Six-A-Side Boy's Football Tournament. They were led by U-16 coach, Irving Romaine, over-16 coache Gabriel Wilkinson and S4 student Jah-Kaya Stewart.

The team had only three training sessions to choose the players for the Six-A-Side Tournament as there were many contenders who felt they were fit for the team. The Berkeley boys were one of the first teams to arrive at the hot, fly-infested, Shelly Bay Field. Berkeley had four teams entered in the tournament. There were two U-16 teams and two O-16 teams. The two U-16 teams were broken up into a full S1 team, and a full S2 team; while both over-16 teams were mixed with S3 and S4 competitors.

Though this was the first time the S1 team played together, it seemed as if they had been playing together for years. They looked very dominating during the tournament; however, they failed to put away many chances they had. This led to them losing two games in penalties, therefore, knocked them out of the tournament. Berkeley's S2 team was also very convincing. They only conceded three goals the entire tournament.

In their final match, they won 2-0 against CedarBridge, winning the U-16 High School Six-A-Side Boys Tournament! Both of Berkeley's O-16 teams were very successful in the tournament as well. They did not lose a game until they had to play each other in the semi-finals.

Though it was inevitable that one of Berkeley's O-16 teams would have to lose, they played each other with school spirit and class. Student coach Jah-Kaya Stewart led his team to victory.

The winning team had to play Saltus. This made it Public versus Private School, the ultimate final. The game was so back and forth, it went all the way to penalties. Berkeley ultimately won 2-1. This was the only goal that the O-16 team conceded, winning the O-16 High School Six-A-Side Tournament.

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Manny Faria writes The Berkeley Institute claimed the double, winning both the Under-16 and Over-16 senior school six-a-side competitions. Shelly Bay field was full of activity as 17 teams battled for senior school football supremacy. Berkeley Gold capped off an undefeated performance with a convincing 3-0 victory over CedarBridge blue in the final of the double elimination tournament. Oneko Lowe, Diondre Dowling and Jaizel Smith were on target for the champions. CedarBridge Blue had lost their first game of the day and had to earn their way to the final through the losers bracket. They avenged their early loss by defeating MSA 2-0 in the semi-final with goals from Christian Albouy and Andre Ivo.

Berkeley Green didn't have it as easy as they needed a penalty shootout to defeated Saltus Red in the over-16 final. Saltus had earlier defeated Berkeley 2-0 in the pool stages but neither team could find the back of the net in the final. Caylon Minors and Jahtinho Martin converted Berkeley's penalties. Nigel Williams scored Saltus' lone spot kick. Saltus had previously defeated Bermuda Institute 2-0 in the semi finals with goals in either half from Williams and Liam Evans. Berkeley Green defeated school mates Berkeley Gold in the other semi final 2-0. Martin and Isaiah Richardson were in the goal scorers.

Berkeley stars: Pictured are (front, from left) Dazhon Dillas, Takai Felder, Ardon Heyliger, Jahnazae Swan, Uzziah Bell, Nicoy Anglin, Aaron Pitcher. Standing are (from left) Calon Minors, Giovanni Warren, Jah-Kaya Stewart (winning coach), Dominique Hill, Don Desilva, Jahmair Lewis-Trott, Yajni Durham, Jahkai Dyer, Darae Smith, Jahtino Richardson-Martin, Isaiah Taylor and Gabriel Wilkinson (coach). (Photo by Sakhele Gibbons)

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Published October 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 09, 2013 at 4:17 pm)

Berkeley’s double victory

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