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Arima Boys’ stop Bon Accord in Atlantic football

Scarborough RC girls reign
Published: 
Friday, November 24, 2017
Arima Boys’ Darion Rogers, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring the lone goal to defeat Bon Accord 1-0 during the Atlantic Primary Schools’ Football League final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. PICTURE KERLON ORR

Arima Boys’ Government Primary School, in its first ever trip to the finals of the Atlantic National Primary Schools’ Football League, dethroned the defending champs to reign as the best in the land.

Bon Accord Government had won the Boys Under 15 division the previous year and were firm favourites in yesterday’s final but the Arima boys had other plans.

Their encounter was the first in an exciting triple-header of title matches at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, watched by His Excellency President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona.

The St George East educational district champions matched their opponents and should have been rewarded early but Ability Hazel and Addae Paponette’s attempts were thwarted by the Bon Accord custodian Dajean Moses.

However, in the second session Hazel struck for Arima Boys’ Government and his shot proved to be the winning one in a fiercely contested contest. Addae Paponette was named as The Most Valuable Player of the Games.

In the day’s second game for the Under 15 Girls’ title, Tobago champions Scarborough RC got the better of St Agnes Anglican.

The Tobagonians went ahead in the 15th minute when Kaleah Duke netted to put her team into a 1-0 lead at the interval. However, on the resumption the pint-sized Mariah Williams struck and equalised for the St James-based St Agnes squad.

With action from goal to goal, J’eleiasha Alexander blasted past Liya John in the St Agnes citadel to give Scarborough RC their first lien on the Atlantic championship trophy.

J’eleiasha Alexander was named as The Most Valuable Player.

The day’s activities were wrapped up with a showdown between, La Pastora Government and Eastern Boys Government who could not be separated at the interval.

In the second session La Pastora’s goalkeeper Stephon Langaigne was forced to pull off many saves before team-mate Jadiel Joseph eased the pressure on his goalkeeper, scoring a double within an eight minute span.

Just two minutes after young Joseph netted his second, referee Inskip Carrington sounded the whistle to make La Pastora Government the 2017 Atlantic Under 12 Champions.

FINALS RESULTS

Under 15 Boys
Bon Accord Gov’t 0-1 Arima Boys Gov’t
Under 15 Girls
Scarborough RC 2-1 St Agnes
Under 12 Boys
La Pastora Gov’t 2-0 Eastern Boys Gov’t