Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy Tournament…Lodge boys dethrone defending champs Tucville
-North Georgetown girls retain title
By Juanita Hooper
Lodge Secondary School boys’ yesterday afternoon turned all tables on their rivals, Tucville Secondary to inflict a 4-3 defeat to dethrone the defending champions of the Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy Tournament final as North Georgetown Secondary school girls retained their title at the Georgetown Cricket Club, ground, Bourda.
The Tournament, which the President of the Guyana Sports Development Foundation (GSDF), Colin Barker said have developed tremendously in its second year, saw Tucville Secondary taking full control of the game in the first half as their little bullet, Keifer Brandt, tormented the field with his impressive plays.
Brandt opened the loosing account when he made a right foot shot from a corner kick from his team mate, Colin Waterman in the 11th minute.
Brandt continued to torment the Lodge boys’ defence which was weak, to net another goal 2 minutes later to send their supporters to the extreme as they chanted in excitement for the team. Brandt goal was made possible when Ryan Blackman floated a nice shot in the air which landed directly in the path of Brandt who made no mistake with a right foot chip it into the nets to leave Lodge goalkeeper Ryan Hackett baffled on the ground as he dived for the ball in vain.
Lodge made several attempts in to credit their account but were unsuccessful as Tucville goalkeeper, Jamal Tom at that time meant business.
A cross over from Travis Lyken from the left flank to Kevin Butters could have been the perfect opportunity for Lodge to credit their account but Butters who could not get the best of the ball kicked it directly to the right upright.
Jamal Scott made use of another opportunity which could have credited their account but his long range shot from midfield was not powerful enough to surpass Tom, who was firm in the nets.
Kevin Butters eventually got pass Tom with a controlling left footer in the 34th minute.
Eventually the referee signaled the end of the first half which concluded at 2-1 in Tucville’s favour.
Commencement of second half saw Lodge boys unleashing terror on Tucville minutes after Tucville’s Collin Waterman received a lucrative pass from his team mate in the 20 yards box; facing off with the keeper alone, Waterman kicked the ball directly into his hand but unfortunately the keeper patted the ball out which rebounded to Waterman, who simply chipped the ball over Hackett’s (keeper) head in the 47th minute making the score 3-1.
Ansel Canterbury of Lodge Secondary made the game even more interesting to watch when he netted his only goal in 51st minute, taking the score line to 3-2.
Lodge equalizer came three minutes later when Stephen McLean received a profitable pass, banging the ball into the nets precisely as the Tucville keeper, Tom, was left standing motionless in disbelief in the 54th minute.
Lodge continued to pressure Tucville as they battled fiercely for ball possession. Butters added another goal when he volleyed the ball into the nets in the 64th minute to break the equalizer taking the team in the lead.
Lodge realizing that they were heading to a sweet victory tightened their defence keeping Tucville out of their territory to secure their 4-3 victory.
The female game between North Georgetown and Tucville Secondary, which was intense in the first half, saw National Schools Track and Field Championship athlete of the Mercury Fast Laners (MFL) athletic club, Mariska Corbin, netting the first goal in the 48th minute for North Georgetown. Corbin’s goal was netted from the 6 yards box when her team mate kicked in a corner from the right flank in her path.
Lady Jaguars U-17 player, Althea Holligan closed the account in the 54th minute with her goal.
Meanwhile, President of the GSDF, Colin Baker speaking at the presentation which was conducted shortly after the matches, stated the Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy Tournament is the only one that caters for female and thanked the sponsors, teachers, parents and the four finalists for their participation in the tournament.
Baker, who lamented on the players being disciplined and disclosed some of the challenges encountered during tournament, urged the parents to continue supporting their children and the tournament.
Jenifer Cipriani and Alexis Langhorne, Representative of Scotiabank and Pepsi respectively stated that they were pleased with the talent they saw coming out of the tournament as representatives from Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and Ministry of Education were absent to give their remarks on the tournament.
Below are the results:
Tournament Championship Award:
Females: North Georgetown Secondary, Tucville Secondary (runner-up)
Males: Lodge Secondary, Tucville Secondary (runner-up)
League Championship Awards:
Females: Tucville Secondary, North Georgetown Secondary (runner-up)
Males: East Ruimveldt Secondary, Charlestown Secondary (runner-up)
League All-star Awards:
Males: Dennis Johnson, Okeni Codrington, Owen Europe, Shamar Wilson, Jamal Scott, Colin Waterman, Josiah Charles, Keifer Brandt, Kevin Butter, Romel Legall and Shane Morris.
Females: Keisha Gordon, Jennel Brown, Althea Holligan, Natifa Marville, Sasha Johnson, Aliyah Stanley, Treola Elliot, Felicia Mc Lean, Dacia Brandt, Oseyah Jones and Troyann Barton.
Females: Natifa Marville
Males: Romel Legall
Females: Janel Grant
Males: Kevin Butters
Coach of the year:
Females: Celeste Mullin (North Georgetown)
Males: Leon Bishop (Lodge Secondary)