Champions knocked out

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The lone goal scored by West Terrace striker Azure Cumberbatch during extra time led to heartbreak for defending champions Wilkie Cumberbatch who were dethroned in today’s quarter-final of the National Sports Council’s BICO Primary Schools Football Competition.

Played this morning at the National Stadium, West Terrace Tigers had their work cut out against last year’s kings Wilkie Cumberbatch who played unbeaten during the preliminaries and round of 16 but fell 1-0 in the quarterfinal. Cumberbatch’s goal in the 58th minute ended that unbeaten run.

West Terrace Primary’s central midfielder Darren Clarke (second left) taking possession from Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary captain Raquan Clarke.

After a fairly even battle in the midfield and 40 minutes of full time without a single goal being scored, the game refereed by the National Sports Council’s Ricardo Gibson went into extra time. Both teams failed to score in the opening five minutes but eventually, Cumberbatch came up with the goods in the second half of extra time.

All eight teams in this year’s quarterfinal have at some point lifted the coveted trophy and West Terrace who last won the title eight years ago and Wilkie Cumberbatch have been long-time rivals.

In fact, West Terrace lost to Wilkie Cumberbatch in the 2013 BICO final and the following year when Grantley Prescod won the trophy, West Terrace were responsible for knocking out Wilkie Cumberbatch in a revenge battle.

The second quarterfinal match-up today was just as thrilling between 2014 champions Grantley Prescod Primary and St Gabriel’s. Grantley Prescod advanced to next week’s semifinal with a 7-6-penalty result.

As early as the fourth minute Grantley Prescod were celebrating with an opening goal by Shakoby Brathwaite. But it didn’t take long for St Gabriel’s to respond in the 17th minute through Jordan Bryan. And after ten minutes of extra time, both teams failed to score which forced the game into a penalty shoot-out which was as exciting as it could get.

The penalty shoot-out went into sudden death at 4-4 after both teams missed an opportunity each. Then at 6-6 St Gabriel’s goalkeeper Isaiah Arthur stepped up to take the penalty and was brilliantly denied by Grantley Prescod’s goalkeeper Anaco Morris and then Donte Price nailed the winner for Grantley Prescod.

St Gabriel’s goalkeeper Isaiah Arthur tried his best but was unable to stop shots like this one taken during the penalty shoot-out.

The other two quarterfinal encounters will be contested tomorrow between Wesley Hall Primary and St Stephen’s Primary at 9:30 p.m. and Bayley’s Primary versus Milton Lynch around 10:30 a.m.

morissalindsay@barbadostoday.bb

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