ExxonMobil Schools Football: Thunderstorm curtails girls’ final

- Carmel, Cummings Lodge to clash in Boys’ final

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At the end of Saturday (July 27), the hope was that a champion would be crowned for the Girls category in the ExxonMobil Schools Under-14 Football tournament, but the weather had other plans at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.

A sudden downpour, combined with lightening, meant the girls, who were on-field warming up for the final, had to rush off for safety. The final will now be played on August 3 along with the boys’ final and third-place playoff.

Just before the lightening came, the girls’ third-place playoff concluded with former champions Charlestown Secondary winning 6-0 over Tucville Secondary. Donna Lowe led the way with hat-trick (2nd, 10th & 24th), while Carletta Ross (6th & 11th) and Daniel Smith (30th) added to the misery of Tucville. Charlestown won $100,000, while Tucville pocketed $50,000, all of which will go towards school projects.

The boys’ matches got the full steam of the sun and produced some exciting action

In the boys’ category, Cummings Lodge and Carmel Secondary won in contrasting fashion to book their spot in the final.

The combination of Shiloh Adams and Jitzak Martinez each scored a helmet-trick to blow Queenstown Secondary out of contention. Adding the ninth goal for the title favourites was Antwan Samuels in the 15th.

Carmel, on the other hand, edged out Dolphin Secondary 2-1 in a tense semi-final.  Shem James placed Carmel ahead in the 10th. No more goals surfaced until Dolphin equalised in the 33rd via Dwayne James, but the tension was short-lived with Ian Daniels retuning the lead to Cummings Lodge just a couple seconds after.

A package of 300,000 for school projects will be at stake for the winner, while the runners-up will pocket $200,000.

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