Soesdyke Primary School dominates penalty shootout to clinch title
K&S Chico Junior U-13 Football championships
Soesdyke Primary School triumphed 1-0 on penalty kicks to defeat Grove Primary School to become the champions when the curtains came down on the inaugural Kashif & Shanghai Chico Junior U-13 Football championships at the Georgetown Football Club Ground yesterday afternoon.
In all, there were three matches and all but the Company Road Primary/Uitvlugt Primary encounter ended in nil all stalemates after the
youngsters turned in masterful performances that sent the game down to the wire at regulation time; penalty kicks were necessary to separate the teams.
Activities got underway with Company Road Primary and Uitvlugt Primary battling for the 5th and 6th places which the former team won after Anthony Rodney stitched in a goal in the 24th minute. Beterverwagting could have averted the penalty kick scenario but Jamar Robinson blundered badly when he missed a penalty kick early in the second half of the game forcing the proceedings into penalty kicks where West Ruimveldt Primary prevailed to seal off the 3rd place. Their opponents finished 4th.
Grove Primary and Soesdyke Primary School, egged on by cheering parents and teachers, engaged in a robust contest that went all the way into penalty kicks to determine the champions. But even before that, as the game wound down, and with a penalty shootout looming, Grove striker, Kurwayne Lyte was gifted a penalty after he was fouled in the box during a goal scrimmage. His teammates watched in dismay as the Soesdyke custodian scooped up his lame attempt.
During the shootout several players rued their luck after kicking wide of the goal or into the clutches of the respective ‘keepers.’ In the end, it was the Soesdyke custodian that made the difference with a ferocious kick that eluded his opposite number to earn the eventual champions the prestigious accolade.
Eight teams competed in the tournament with one team, Tucville Primary, being subjected to disciplinary action after contravening the rules. They were not debarred from continuing in the competition but chose to boycott the proceedings.
Apart from the lucrative prizes put up by the main sponsors, Beharry’s Company Ltd, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on each team will receive BMX bicycles donated by Victoria’s Fashions of Church and Light Streets. The organizers are currently deliberating to select the respective MVPs on the teams which will be known later in the week at a presentation ceremony.