Charlestown, Christ Church and Tucville victorious on first day
Charlestown, Christ Church and Tucville opened the inaugural Milo Under-20 Secondary Schools Football competition in emphatic style after registering lop-sided victories yesterday, at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.
Christ Church inflicted a crushing 6-0 triumph over Ascension, while Charlestown and Tucville completed identical 4-0 wins over North Georgetown and St John’s College respectively.
The lads from Christ Church were led to victory by doubles from Andre Trotz (7th and 58th minutes) and Nyron Joseph (19th and 28th), while Kadeem Blackman (52nd) and Jovontat Best (59th) supported with a single strike each. In the opening game of the day, Barron Dick slotted home a double, scoring in the 13th and 56th minutes, to inspire Charlestown to victory over North Georgetown.
Dick’s effort was backed up by Aroudy Bransford and Ravin Naughton, who netted in the 43rd and 50th minutes respectively.
The final game of the day saw Hubern Blair piercing the defence of the goalkeeper three times to power Tucville to a 4-0 win over St John’s College.
Blair was on target in the 10th, 20th and 53rd minutes, while Denzel Green added a consolation strike in the 15th minute. The competition is set to continue today with another three games at the same venue. From noon, St George’s will trade skills with Tutorial High; Cummings Lodge will come up against Bishop’s High at 13:50 hours, while South Ruimveldt will tackle Queen’s College at 15:45 hours.
Meanwhile, prior to the start of the matches on Saturday, one of the directors of the Petra Organisation, Marlan Cole, said he’s confident the tournament will be a success. Petra Organisation has teamed up with Beepat’s Trading to stage the tournament.
Cole also called on the students to be disciplined at all times, but also play keenly in order to come out victorious.
Nestle Brand Manager at Beepat’s Trading, Selwyn Bobb, said his entity is pleased to partner with Petra in the development of football in schools. He wished the teams well, while urging them to exhibit fair play.
Meanwhile, the top four schools will receive cash awards which will go towards the creation of a project of their choice.
The champion school will cart off $200,000; runner-up $100,000; third $50,000 and fourth $25,000. All four institutions will also receive medals and trophies, while the Most Valuable Player, Highest
Goalscorer, Best Goalkeeper, Best Coach and Most Supportive Parent will be recognised for their achievements.
All games will be played at the Ministry of Education ground.
The secondary schools that will be hunting the top prize are Charlestown, North Georgetown, Christ Church, Ascension, Tucville, St John’s College, St George’s, Tutorial High, Cummings Lodge, Bishop’s High, South Ruimveldt, Queen’s College, Lodge, David Rose, Dolphin Secondary, Guyana Education Trust College, St Winifred, North Ruimveldt, Carmel, Brickdam, New Campbellville, Sophia Special School, Richard Ishmael and Central High.