Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Three cheers for BSA


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THE BARBADOS Soccer Academy (BSA) already had three titles in the bag and were eyeing a clean sweep of all four boys’ crowns at stake in the Barbados Cup when a last-second goal by Amal Mayers gave arch-rivals Pro-Shottas the Under-19 football title.
Mayers’ stunning goal in the last minute of extra time ended a keenly contested final at the Barbados Community College (BCC) yesterday with Pro-Shottas coming away 1-0 winners.
It also avoided the need for a penalty shoot-out in a match officiated by new 19-year-old referee Kevin Barton, who also had the distinction of playing in last year’s final and capturing the Best Goalkeeper Award when Ellerton won the title.
Just when it seemed the match would be decided on penalties, an alert Mayers intercepted a weak ball from Gregory Hinds and calmly flicked it into the far corner, giving BSA’s goalkeeper Romario Hoyte no hope of saving.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for BSA as they had missed a few clear goal-scoring opportunities, with Armande Griffith making a mess of an attempt to chip the ball over the advancing Pro-Shottas goalkeeper Joshua Hynam.
The Soccer Academy also hit the post but neither Keon Atkins nor Hayden Holligan could penetrate a Pro-Shottas defence marshalled by Akeem Maloney, with support from Dwayne Williams.  
Earlier, the BSA?boys won the Under-13 title when they defeated KFC Pinelands 2-0 through goals by Avery Chandler and Jazz Gittens in the final at the Banks Brewery ground.
Chandler set up the first goal with a through ball which Gittens latched on to and confidently finished, before scoring himself, sliding home a cross from Renaldo Bowen.
Following the success of the BSA’s Under-17 boys, who played unbeaten to end with the most points in the round-robin one-zone competition, the BSA?Under-15 team were also victorious.
Playing at BCC, they thrashed Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame 4-0, courtesy a hat-trick from Donte Monroe in the 13th, 46th and 52nd minutes. Stefan Watson got the other goal in the 43rd minute as the BSA?boys, with Akeem Scott between the uprights and captain Torian Went controlling the defence, ended the tournament without conceding a goal.
After his opening goal, Monroe and teammate Rajohn Hawkesworth hit the upright as BSA only led 1-0 at half-time.
But Watson, lurking at the back post, got a fortuitous goal when a cross from Hawkesworth slipped through the hands of Dames’ goalkeeper Steven Greene and ricocheted off his foot, across the goal line.
Another goalkeeping error by Greene was punished by Monroe, who completed his hat-trick with a superb left-booter following another cross from Hawkesworth.


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